Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Champions League received a major boost as Jurgen Klopp defeated Manchester United by four goals to two at Old Trafford in the Premier League. The fixture which was originally postponed amidst Manchester United protests turns out to be fruitful for the Reds.
The Merseyside club came out victorious against Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men and did so in an emphatic fashion. Two goals in either half and Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will feel like they have a chance now.
With a Nat Philips own goal early on in the match, Liverpool had a lot of work to do. However, they did not crumble under pressure and pounced onto any opportunities that came their way.
Diego Jota scored the first with an exquisite flick after Nat Philips’s calls for a penalty went unanswered. Roberto Firmino did well to head the ball in past Dean Henderson and put them ahead going into halftime.
Roberto Firmino capitalised yet again at the start of the second half as Dean Henderson spilled the ball and the Brazilian striker pounded on the opportunity. The Egyptian king Mohammad Salah put the match to bed as he came one on one with the goalkeeper and finished it off.
This win will give a major mentality boost to the Liverpool players who’ve had it tough in the recent months. Ahead of a trip to West Bromwich Albion, this was a much-required victory and they will feel confident about qualification now.
Jurgen Klopp faces problems with Sadio Mane:
There has been news circulating that there’s an argument between Sadio Mane and Jurgen Klopp. After the match against Manchester United, Sadio Mane didn’t acknowledge Jurgen Klopp after the match. The coach went to shake his hand and that was ignored.
Many fans have since taken to social media analysing this interaction. Some are suggesting that this might be the end of the road for Sadio Mane at Liverpool. Whereas on the other hand, some say it was done in the heat of the moment.
However, Jurgen Klopp has played down this exchange with the player and said that Mane can fully be expected to return. They will be facing West Bromwich Albion next in the Premier League.
With all three- Mohammed Salah, Diego Jota, and Roberto Firmino scoring, it gives Jurgen Klopp a headache. Whom to drop for Sadio Mane? But it looks like it will be Diego Jota who will have to make space for Mane.
“If somebody shows me five million times respect and one time not, what is then more important?” Klopp said on Friday. The world is in a situation when you make this one time bigger than necessary. That’s unfortunately the case.
If you had seen me as a player what I did out of emotion it was insane – and I’m a completely normal guy, but it happened to me.We will talk about it, then it will be sorted. That’s all.”