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Jurgen Klopp will look to his leading forwards to pick up where they left off in the Merseyside Derby as they look to get back on track to victory on their home turf.
Clinical Liverpool? It feels like an age since Jurgen Klopp’s team produced a finish of the highest quality, but they found their scoring boots on Tuesday night in a 2-0 win over RB Leipzig.
It seemed fitting that Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane got the goals too, something that has largely been a rare occurrence for the Reds this season.
Excluding the FA Cup match against a weakened Aston Villa in January, the last time the pair scored while playing together was in a 5-0 win at Atalanta in Bergamo in early November.
Interestingly, it happened only once in the entire season in the Premier League, when the defending league champions played a 2-2 draw at Everton in October. They face the same team on Saturday looking to repeat performances from that game at Goodison Park nearly four months ago, and Tuesday’s goals set things up nicely.
Many observers considered that the Reds looked better against the German team, curiously without taking into account that Klopp’s team has not been as poor as their lack of results suggests since they thrashed Crystal Palace 7-0 in December.
It is true that Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester City defeats at Anfield hurt due to the excellent performance of the visitors, the points lost at home to West Bromwich Albion, Manchester United and Burnley annoyed a bit as the Merseyside giants possibly made enough to get over 1 -1, 0-0 and a 1-0 loss respectively in the three games.
His bad luck on the road was magnified by that 3-1 loss at the hands of Leicester City last time at the PL, a loss that came despite controlling procedures at King Power Stadium for long periods until the Brendan Rodgers’ tactical adjustment sparked a change. late collapse.
Similarly, the Reds wore the most cohesive unit against Leipzig on Tuesday and took the victory their encouraging performance deserved on the balance sheet.
Of course, they had the wood to thank in the fifth minute when a header from Dani Olmo hit the frame of the goal and a fine stop from Alisson Becker a minute into the second half to deny Christopher Nkunku, while his goals came after egregious mistakes in the Bundesliga. the bottom line of the side.
Be that as it may, after the last few unfortunate matches, Liverpool may be owed the brush of green.
Indeed, Salah and Mane triumphing against a team that reached the first leg of the round of 16 with four straight wins in the top flight with just one goal conceded in that race was a big problem, but now they must take advantage of that. win in the next few weeks.
False sunrises can no longer be ignored, especially as participation in Europe’s top club competition next season now looks threatened.
Mane needs to find the net consistently and avoid the fleeting joy that followed since he thrived in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur in January, though an ill-timed injury after that win at Spurs didn’t help.
However, his Egyptian teammate has scored five times in the same number of games, and the mere fact that 80 percent of the North African’s recent goals were open-play goals offers even more promise.
However, the forwards’ difficulty in front of goal on their turf has reflected the team’s general malaise in Merseyside of late, with neither of them having scored a goal in play at Anfield since the forward’s first game. Senegal against Albion on December 27.
Salah scored from 12 yards when Manchester City ran 4-1, but the ongoing lean spell that excludes shots from the spot dates back to December 16, when Klopp’s team defeated Jose Mourinho’s team 2-1.
Liverpool host city rivals Everton this weekend, seeking their first home win in two months. Recent challenges are more than baffling given his 25-win streak and a draw before playing that 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion a couple of months ago.
Even more troubling is the spinning three-game losing streak, the first of which snapped an impressive 68-game undefeated streak at Anfield. They have lost the air of invincibility in their sacred home, but facing Jekyll and Hyde Toffees increases the excitement and desire to get back on the winning track.
Their strength may have been reduced to rubble in the last three results, but losing to Everton, a team they have not been defeated against in 20 games, will represent a major blow and lessen the satisfaction felt Tuesday night. .
Moon implied that the success of the Champions League gave the league’s beleaguered defending champions the squad to rack up much-needed wins after a difficult period from the backend of 2020.
Now he and Salah have to preach and rise to the occasion against the blue half of Merseyside.