Klopp Wins the Battle but can He Win the War?

Last night, we saw two of the Premier League heavyweights square off in the second Friday night football of the season.

Liverpool walked away with a 2-1 convincing win. After the game we saw Klopp chest pumping, high fiving and hugging his players, whilst Conte was left pondering why Chelsea had regressed 12 months.

Are Liverpool really contenders?

Well, after three positive trips to face Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea and the fact that they completely outplayed the champions last week , Liverpool fans will be quietly confident of a turnaround in fortunes for the club.

Except for the defensive blip for the goal, Liverpool didn’t put a foot wrong yesterday. Liverpool’s fast pace and proactive approach completely nullified the threat from Chelsea.

Chelsea looked laboured and lost throughout the game, Chelsea weren’t allowed the time to implement the Conte philosophy we have all seen since the opening weekend.They struggled to control the brilliant movement and dynamic Liverpool players. Chelsea looked like the away side

The difference this season for Liverpool is that Klopp’s new signings have really settled in well. I was sceptical whether both Wijnaldum and Mane would turn up every game. However, I was wrong. Both looked strong, solid and a constant nuisance throughout the Chelsea game.

Other than a visit from their Manchester Rivals in mid-October, Liverpool’s next few months has a lot of games that they should pick up some points.

They have been very good so far this season (except for the Burnley Game) and if Klopp can keep the Liverpool players as together as they have been since the German took over, then Liverpool should be at least hoping for a top four finish.

 

 

 

 

 

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