UEFA Champions League Group C Results: Liverpool 4 – 0 Red Star Belgrade. Salah, Firmino, and Mane find the net to cruise Liverpool to a comfortable win at Anfield.
Liverpool reignited their Champions League campaign as they cruised to a comfortable 4 – 0 victory against Red Star at Anfield yesterday. It was a night where the Reds fans were treated to a glimpse of what they can expect from their team in the coming games. As Mo Salah broke yet another record in Merseyside Red by overtaking Fernando Torres and becoming the fastest Liverpool player to reach a landmark 50 goals. The Egyptian king did this in a mere 65 games and also made 18 assists during this time. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino too came to the party as the Liverpool front three looked almost as good as they were last season, but it was not only about them this game.
Full-time at Anfield…
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 24, 2018
The new dimension to Liverpool’s midfield
Last night saw Fabinho getting his first Champions League start and this came after a lot of chatter has been going around about why the Brazilian hasn’t played as many minutes for the Reds. Klopp insisted over this period of time claiming that the man wasn’t ready to start and even compared him to Andy Robertson and the Ox. Last night Klopp stated that he was ready and the Brazilian celebrating his 25th birthday, started for the first time in the Champions League for the Reds.
He started along with Gini Wijnaldum who partnered him in the midfield in a 4-3-3 formation with the trio of Firmino, Salah, and Mane in front of them at the start of the game, while as the game progressed this changed into a 4-2-3-1 formation with Gini and Fabinho playing as the holding midfielders. Fabinho took a little while to settle, but once he did he stamped his authority in the Reds midfield and showed the Kop why exactly Liverpool splashed 40 million for him. His tackles were firm, positioning excellent and his game intelligence, something he was known for during his time at France, came to the fore. But what many people don’t know is the man’s ability to carry the ball forward and his drives into the heart of the Red star defence hinted at a fresh dimension to this Liverpool midfield with Shaqiri continuing to impress ahead of Gini and Fabinho. As Fabinho continues to become a fully fledged midfield option for Klopp, the Liverpool fans can only expect more from the Brazilian.
Liverpool’s front three rediscover scoring touch
Remember the time when Mohamed Salah was in crisis? Or the time when the front three was having a goal drought?
It was only a mere days ago that the Liverpool front three were on the brink of implosion if some of their critics were to be believed. In all honesty, though, they have not been at their best so far this season but the only performance that causes worry was that of Mo Salah against Napoli. However this win against Red Star was the first time the front three scored together since their Champions League win against Roma last season, but the important thing for the Reds is the fact that their defence have come to the forefront and have led their team to victories as Liverpool remain unbeaten in the Premier League. The front three definitely have much more to offer this season, and if this game was a sign of how things will turn out then the Liverpool fans are in for one crazy ride this season.
Mo Salah. The Egyptian King. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Odkpa9MV9H
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 24, 2018
Liverpool Captain Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk led the Reds out in the absence of Henderson and Milner in a team that looked like the best team the Reds have started this season. This being said, Milner and Keita when fit can challenge Fabinho, Milner, and Shaqiri for their starting spot but that can only be good news for Jurgen Klopp. There was no doubt on Van Dijk’s leadership quality as the Dutch captain has been a true leader on the pitch for the Reds since his arrival and it looks like he would be handed the armband on many more occasions in the future.
With PSG and Napoli playing out a 2 – 2 draw in the other game, Liverpool go top of the table and will look to hold their own in this three-way battle in an extremely hard Champions League group. Liverpool now face Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday and will look to continue their form with a win before they face Arsenal next weekend.