here was a fine performance from Jordan Henderson in midfield, and a goal and an assist for Salah who might have had a first half hat-trick were it not for the saves of Dean Henderson, the Sheffield United on-loan goalkeeper. The away side played with two strikers and sent on two fresh substitutes in attack after the second goal but as Wilder would later say, they never truly laid a glove on Liverpool save for a couple of first-half shots from distance.
When Oli McBurnie, one of those substitutes, missed a back-post chance in the 87th minute it was clear that this was not his team’s night. As with the Manchester City title-winning teams of the two previous seasons, it is the control that this Klopp team exerts over the course of 90-plus minutes that breaks opposition teams. They squeeze the hope out of them.
Liverpool once again lead the table with a game in hand by 13 points from Leicester City in second place and 14 from Manchester City who are back in third. Their lead is now so great that they can afford to squander a few here and there, although with the Arsenal record of 49 unbeaten in sight one can only imagine that they will be taking nothing for granted.
Wilder had decided that his team spend part of their morning doing a warm-up on Stanley Park, the old Victorian grounds that join Goodison Park to the north and Anfield in the south. He comidfielder Pablo Fornals admits his first Premier League game was very hard.The summer signing from Villarreal made his first start for the club in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Brighton.“This is all new for me,” he told West Ham TV. “It is a new leaguld laugh about it later, the “lack of pooper-scoopers” and the “Scouse wit” directed at his players from their fellow park-users. He had intended it, with Anfield’s new main stand looming behind them, as a source of inspiration, but wondered if it might have had the opposite effect.
here was little jeopardy for Liverpool in possession and they had lots of it, the needle staying at more than 70 per cent for the whole game. Salah struck his goal with a run across the away area, connecting perfectly with Andy Robertson’s cross from the left and turning the ball through the legs of Henderson. The problem had come when George Baldock lost his footing as he attempted to clear Virgil van Dijk’s ball from deep and Robertson was let in down the flank, although the quality of cross and finish was still very high.
In the second half Salah hit the post on the hour with a cross that everyone else left. Then four minutes later Liverpool worked it from Alisson quickly all the way up the left wing via Robertson, Mane and Salah. The final ball to Mane allowed him space to shoot and when Henderson saved the first effort, the Liverpool striker had time to take a beat and then lash the rebound into the gbout the new system that manager Mikel Arteta is trying to implement.The Gunners were happy to pick up their first win of the Arteta era against Manchester United on New Year’s Day.They played a high intensity game that was rarely seen in the last feoal.
There was a Premier League debut for Harvey Elliott in the very final minutes and he will surely be one of those in line for a start againthe Women’s World Cup. We have more from New Zealand women’s national team head coach Tom Sermanni, who this reporter interviewed in Grenoble after their Group E match against Canada, in which they lost 2-0. He talked specifically about improving thest Everton in the FA Cup as Klopp conserves his resources. He cannot afford to play anything like his full-strength side on Sunday but he will also presume that Carlo Ancelotti will see it as a chance to secure a famous win. As for Wilder, he said that there would be 11 new faces in the Sheffield United team that plays non-league AFC Fylde. “I’ll apologise now” he said, at the end of what had been a very long evening.
erby manager is expected to field him in a midfield role when he plays against Barnsley tonight.
In his programme notes, Rooney said: “The manager and the rest of the staff have been great with me.
“I’m training with the players and then having a bit of input with the manager and coaches off the pitch as well.
“The manager has been great in terms of helping me get involved in the coaching side as well. I will go into meetings with the manager and staff and I have given my opinions on things.”
John Lundstram is back as is David McGoldrick.