It has been a difficult period for football fans, but also for society in general. For some it has been hard to remember what day it is at times.
But with Liverpool’s season slowly approaching its restart, there now appears hope for Reds worldwide and now seems like an appropriate moment to recap ready for the rest of the campaign.
Having been denied their first ever Premier League title by just one solitary point last season, many assumed that the Reds may begin the season deflated, potentially struggling.
Oh, how they were wrong. Jürgen Klopp’s side opened the campaign in rather stuttering fashion, dispatching newly promoted Norwich side that lacked a cutting edge. Despite losing goalkeeper Alisson Becker, an eventual 4-1 victory proved the catalyst for a breath-taking start.
Eight games in and eight games without truly hitting first gear, Liverpool sat clear at the top of the league, battling past any challengers with grit and determination.
It was a winning streak that had been tested on a couple of occasions, with a howler from Dean Henderson against Sheffield United providing a ‘get out of jail free’ card, only to be followed up with a 95th-minute penalty from James Milner to secure all the spoils against Leicester City at Anfield.
Sadly, with the record for most consecutive Premier League wins in sight, a laboured performance at Old Trafford ended hopes early. Adam Lallana thankfully spared the blushes, denying Manchester United from being the first side to beat the Reds this season.
Not long after the breaking United hearts, Klopp’s men laid down a marker for the rest of the division, in what turned out to be a frantic week. After appearing destined to drop points for the second time in three games against relegation candidates Aston Villa, two last-gasp goals from Andrew Robertson and Sadio Mané sent the league into meltdown, a week before a showdown with City.
It actually proved a comfortable victory over the champions, but it came with major controversy as Pep Guardiola’s men were denied a penalty in the build up to Fabinho’s thunderous opener.
Approaching the new year, the Reds continued their blistering form. A depleted first team comfortably outclassed Everton in the Merseyside derby, before producing arguably their best performance of the season so far when trouncing Leicester 4-0 on Boxing Day. Let us not forget, this was just days after the squad had been in Qatar for the Club World Cup.
Having seen several questions asked as to the ability of the squad to cope during what was a difficult period in January, Liverpool passed with flying colours winning every league game, which included gaining revenge on the Red Devils as Mohamed Salah scored a memorable last-minute strike in a 2-0 win.
February — a month that will live long in the memory of Reds fans. Three wins successive wins were tarnished by a shock first loss of the season, against a resurgent Watford. It came as a surprise to many but dissecting the first fixture between the two teams this season, the two sides were evenly matched for the majority.
Watford proved to be a minor unravelling of the momentum that Klopp’s men had built up, with an exit from both the FA Cup and Champions League imminent.
Amidst the downfall though, Bournemouth proved Liverpool’s final opponents before proceedings were unexpectedly halted. Salah and Mané were both amongst the goals, but will they continue where they left off?
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