Jürgen Klopp has explained why Liverpool will not pause to consider their remarkable form this season until after 2019-20 comes to a conclusion.
Having already lifted the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup this term, the Reds lead the Premier League by 16 points and continue their defence of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid next month.
For now, though, their focus is firmly on an FA Cup fourth-round date with League One side Shrewsbury Town this Sunday.
In the second part of his pre-match press conference on Friday, Klopp discussed the trip to Shrewsbury, the approach he takes to assessing Liverpool’s form, and Xherdan Shaqiri’s situation…
On the challenge of facing a lower-league side away from home…
Of course, it’s tough. That’s the really good thing of a cup competition. Shrewsbury qualified for the round in a difficult game, they had to play twice against Bristol City and qualified. They are looking forward to the game, for sure, since they were qualified; they knew before that we would be the opponent. That’s exactly what I said about the competition, [that] the lower-league team can play at a home ground is an advantage, 100 per cent. Hopefully the pitch will be OK, I have no idea so far about any circumstances. So, we will see that. But that’s proper ‘cup’ [football] and I like that. Is it a test? Yes, maybe, but it’s not that I test the players, it’s a test in general that you play against a team who fights the fight of their life, maybe, and we have to show how important the next round is for us. But I’m not really in doubt about our boys and hopefully we can show that.
On when he will reflect on the levels Liverpool have reached this season…
I have no idea, actually, I don’t think about it. I think it makes sense, if I look back, to do it after the last game [of the season], whichever game that will be. We’re still in two cup competitions. For the league, there is absolutely no reason – there is really a lot to do still. In the cups, we are where we are ahead of the next round. Shrewsbury and Atletico Madrid, these are the opponents. So, no idea.
On whether he ‘gets a sense’ of what is being achieved by his team…
Not really. It’s really about doing what you have to do until it’s over. There’s no 10 per cent party in my mind, no 15 per cent, no eight per cent – there’s just no party. It’s not like this. After the game yesterday, I have these little meetings immediately where I tell the boys what I think and, to be honest, I had to remind myself at the end to say, ‘Congratulations, the result was outstanding’ because before that I spoke about all the other things that were not that good – not because I’m looking for it, just because that’s important as well. We have no time really to make assessments and analysis from our last game. We analyse the next opponent. There are these two meetings – directly after the game and today before training – where I speak a little bit about that. But I think it’s important that we get all the information.
It’s not like this, it’s not like we forget what we have to do better. We are all happy with each other, we are in a good place, that’s clear. But a lot of other teams are the same. We were in a good place last year and the year before when we didn’t win anything, because we just like working together. We just like working together on improvements and there’s still a lot to improve. That’s our life. Imagine anybody in the past after they won something or looked like they’d win something, [if] they would have stopped, that never got rewarded in history. What the boys said, after our career we want to look back and in an ideal world mix up what we won and when it was. That was maybe more a joke when we said it the first time but it’s kind of the idea we have together.
On whether Shaqiri is frustrated by the fitness setbacks he has had this season…
Yes, it’s not cool, absolutely not cool. But maybe there are different reasons, for sure. Shaq is a very special player in different departments. His physique is different to all others I ever saw, his muscles are unbelievable. It’s never ‘big’ so far, but it was always enough to get him out. I can imagine that’s frustrating. It’s frustrating for him, it’s not cool for us. But not to change. We work on that obviously, we don’t want to bring in the situation where that constantly happens, but so far we didn’t find the 100 per cent solution for it. We have to see.
Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Wolves extended their lead at the top of the Premier League, in a season in which they are matching the heroics of the greats.
I mean, I grew up on the gods of the late 1970s and early 1980s; I grew up on heroes whose names still trip off the tongue with a casual reverence.
Dalglish, McDermott, Case, Souness, Kennedy (both of them), Johnson, Hansen, Thompson, Neal, Clemence, Heighway and Fairclough.
That record-breaking 1978/79 side that won 30 out of their 42 league games, conceding only 16 goals along the way, to make themselves the Liverpool title-winning team that all other Liverpool title-winning teams have since been measured against.Impressionable Teenager
By the time the 1987/88 vintage rolled into town, I was locked within my most impressionable teenage years.
They were a glorious collective of names that trip off the tongue with an almost obscene nonchalance.
Grobbelaar, Nicol, Ablett, Hansen, Gillespie, Lawrenson, Venision, McMahon, Whelan, Spackman, Houghton, Johnston, Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge. Throw in an unfit Molby while you’re at it, you know, just because we can.
And now here we are, in 2020, witnessing this new form of Anfield greatness. A team that wins 99.9 percent of its games and doesn’t adhere to any of the previously written laws of footballing logic.
A band of names that are proudly shouted from the rooftops.
Throw in a recently arrived Minamino and a previously untrusted Lovren into the mix, while the kids are alright too.
The startling thing about this Liverpool is just how the awe of right-minded, football loving, non-Liverpool supporters is growing at an exponential rate.
After this latest victory at Wolves, a win which we rode our luck to attain to a degree, the BT Sport and ITV commentator Seb Hutchinson was compelled to comment:
Watching as a neutral I just find this astonishing – surely you must feel you're in a dream?
— Seb Hutchinson (@Seb_Hutch) January 23, 2020
For the record, yes, yes I do feel it’s a dream. A glorious dream that is slowly but surely edging toward a barely believable reality.
Seb’s take on proceedings also has an opposite. It is balanced by the militancy of those in denial about just how good this Liverpool are.
For examples of this, track back to any of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s most recent Liverpool-related moon-howling.Alternative Parallel Universe
This is essentially a Liverpool that is on the brink of transporting us to an alternative, parallel universe.
One in which our 30-year title drought has ended; one where the monkey that has been residing on our back since 1990 has finally clambered down and headed off to jump on Man United’s instead.
Successfully complete the ascent to the top of this mountain and we’ll find a beautiful horizon that stretches far, far into the distance; a horizon that can be anything that Jurgen Klopp and his players want it to be.
We didn’t make it easy for ourselves at Molineux. We invited early pressure and the chance that flashed close to Alisson’s six-yard line was quite literally a shot across our bows.
In riposte, the magnificent Jordan Henderson made it 1-0 when he lashed the ball in from a corner with his left ear. It wasn’t even his stronger ear at that.
Other chances tripped along over the course of the following 82 minutes, plus time added on for stoppages. Two of them were taken. One for Wolves, by Raul Jimenez, the other in almost inevitable circumstances by Bobby Firmino.
In the case of Firmino, it was after he’d missed earlier and simpler opportunities.
When all is said and done, try as you might—and Wolves tried harder than any other team we have faced this season—you just can’t keep these Redmen out.
At one point, Van Dijk eased the ball and his opponent out for a goal-kick, while his facial expression was set to a majestically disdainful frequency.
If you aren’t enjoying these halcyon days, then you really need to get your kicks elsewhere.Request
The one request I would put in is that we now ditch the all-green goalkeeper’s kit.
Alisson should be in all black, rather than in all green. He looks three times bigger and 100 times more imposing when in all black.
When in all black, he strikes the image of a Jason Bourne version of the Milk Tray man, while when his beard is more unkempt, he looks like a bear of a goalkeeper.
It is the Lev Yashin effect and Jamie Carragher agrees:
Been saying that for weeks!
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) January 23, 2020
Mane has been the most consistent of our front three this season, so the hope must be that his hamstring isn’t going to put him out of the picture for too long.
A short, personalised winter break will leave him fresh for the projected festivities of a spring clinching of the league title though.Hungry Like the Wolf
They put in a massive amount of effort against the best team in the world. It is a compliment to Liverpool that on an ‘off night’ they still won away to a team riding their own compelling wave of intent.
While Wolves sit on the same number of points as Tottenham and United, it is entirely unrepresentative of the seasons they are all having.
A win of inevitability perhaps for Liverpool, most certainly the type of win champions procure.
This was another significant step forward, as January was meant to be a month where our lead at the top of the Premier League would be ripe for shrinking, rather than being extended.
The points clock continues its countdown. Twenty-seven points to go and 15 games in which to do it.
Liverpool beat Wolves on Thursday night and are immediately preparing for a cup game this weekend, but there’s also transfer news and a squad fitness update.
The Premier League transfer window rule change hasn’t worked particularly well in favour of England’s top-flight clubs, after switching the deadline to before the season starts.
With other leagues still able to do business beyond that date, some teams feel they have lost out—so a hybrid compromise appears to be on the agenda.
The Times report that at least one big club are set to vote in favour of the proposal, which would see the window shut before the season starts with the exception of dealings with overseas clubs.
Loans between Premier League teams could also not happen after the season starts.
In related news, one of the first Brexit-related impacts on the game can be seen with this being the final summer where European players aged 16 and 17 can be signed by Premier League clubs. Thereafter it will be 18 and over, in line with FIFA rules.
That would rule out future deals for players similar to Ki-Jana Hoever, who was 16 when he switched football in his home nation of Netherlands to join the Reds.Isco rumour rolls around again
It’s difficult to put into words just why Isco isn’t well-suited for a Jurgen Klopp team. Well, it’s not difficult to put into words, just to keep those words down to a short enough length to fit into our round-up, such are the many, many reasons why.
But here’s one for starters: Spanish publication Eldesmarque, which has this season emerged as the new Don Balon for crap and frequent rumours, say that Klopp wants Isco…sort of.
What actually is suggested later in the piece is that Real will offer Isco to Liverpool, but don’t really want to sell him, and that they’ll only accept €70 million or more—because the alternative for the Reds is to go for Napoli’s Fabian Ruiz, who would be even more expensive.
As far as reasons to sign a player go, it’s not really up there at the top of the list, is it?
Other reasons can be that he’s 28 come the end of the season, can’t hold down a place in the Real Madrid team, is about as consistent as your average VAR decision and has actually been less creative this season than Jordan Henderson.Title talk and one step closer
Jurgen doesn’t want any thoughts of easing up after a hard-fought win at Wolves, with the hard work still ahead. Here’s the best post-match news:Looking ahead to a weekend of FA Cup action
Klopp has given plenty of positive information in his press conference, all of which you can watch here.
In terms of the team news, Naby Keita should be back in training as of Friday, while the trio of Fabinho, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren should all play—that gives a great defensive base to build from for the match, with Adrian also likely to play in goal.
No doubt there will be a fair few youngsters on the sides of the lineup, but that spine has some serious experience—although is lacking in recent fitness after injury.
Meanwhile, there’s a debate to be had on whether Takumi Minamino starts or not, given he got more time on the pitch than expected against Wolves. Klopp was impressed with his fighting spirit, but the physical aspects need to be taken into account for weekend involvement.Quickfire LFC news
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Sadio Berahino has spoken to BBC Sport about that failed move to Spurs back in 2015 and his ridiculously poor career since then – he only has 12 club goals in the past four seasons.
Dortmund vs. Koln is the pick of the Friday night European action. Kick-off is at 7:30pm and it’s live on BT Sport 3.
Liverpool’s trip to Goodison Park for the third Merseyside derby of the season has been moved for TV, with three fixtures rescheduled in March.
The Reds have already played Everton twice this season, winning both, and could do the treble over their city rivals when they head across Stanley Park.
Given the tight turnaround between the Champions League last 16 second leg at home to Atletico Madrid and the initial date, the fixture has been moved to Monday, March 16.
Kickoff at Goodison Park will be at 8pm, and the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.
The Cherries will now visit Anfield on Saturday, March 7 for a 12.30pm kickoff, while Palace make the trip for a 5.30pm start on Saturday, March 21.
This provides a reasonable gap between every game that month, though the clash with Palace could still be moved again, depending on the two sides’ involvement in the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Those ties will be played on the weekend of March 21/22, and therefore the Eagles would likely head to Merseyside the following midweek instead.
Liverpool could, of course, clinch the Premier League in the Merseyside derby, which could be a problem for those hoping to book work off the following day.
No long weekend for the Reds!Liverpool Fixtures, March
* Fixture pending FA Cup dates.
Takumi Minamino will draw plenty of worthwhile experience from his introduction to life in the Premier League, Jürgen Klopp believes.
Minamino made his top-flight bow in Thursday's 2-1 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers as he replaced the injured Sadio Mane in the 33rd minute.
In addition to his talent and the versatility he brings to Liverpool, Klopp was also impressed with the mental toughness the No.18 displayed in trying circumstances at Molineux.
On whether the Japan international will feature on the weekend at Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, the boss told a press conference: "With Taki we have to think about what we do exactly now because yesterday he played much longer than we thought.
"But yesterday night was a big step for him. For nobody yesterday on the pitch was it a game like where you have to shine and make your best game ever and stuff like this.
"When you come in as a new player in this kind of a battle and then showing up like he did, not with his skills – what he obviously has in different departments of the game – [but] with his mentality and character.
"He was fighting like crazy and closed gaps, was involved in a lot of situations. That was just a super start, to be honest.
"Is it his 100 per cent position? Yes, he can play that. How I said, he's pretty versatile so he can play different positions. For yesterday night, it was exactly what he had to do and he did it. That was much more important than the next game.
"I have to see how he reacted now on the intensity of that game – I don't know him long enough in this part, so we have to see. But each game helps for sure."
Minamino now has two appearances for Liverpool to his name after arriving from Austrian side Salzburg at the start of the month.
His manager is already impressed by his start to life on Merseyside, but feels there's plenty more to come.
"He's exactly the player we expected to get – super, super boy, super player," Klopp continued.
"You saw so many things of his ability last night. This game last night was a proper fight and he was completely ready for that.
"For him, [it's] still kind of a new environment with a new team and then really adapting. From a tactical point of view, it was an outstanding game. That's what we see in training.
"In training then we see, of course, more of all the finishing stuff, the creating stuff. It's just the player we wanted and now he's ours."
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Team news and stats ahead of Shrewsbury vs Liverpool in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday (kick-off 5pm).Team news
Shrewsbury boss Sam Ricketts has a full squad to pick from for Sunday's FA Cup glamour tie against world-and-European champions Liverpool.
Ricketts must decide whether to give either of his January signings a debut in the televised fixture.1:20 Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury Highlights of the Sky Bet League One match between Fleetwood and Shrewsbury
Blackburn defender Sam Hart, who has joined on loan for the rest of the season, was an unused substitute for Saturday's 2-2 draw at Fleetwood.
On Monday, Ricketts brought in ex-Bolton midfielder Josh Vela on a two-and-a-half year deal after he was released by Hibernian.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is awaiting news of a scan on Sadio Mane's hamstring injury. The Senegal international limped off 33 minutes into Thursday's 2-1 win at Wolves.1:38 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists nothing has been decided in the Premier League title race
Asked if there was any news, the Reds manager said: "No. I think in this moment he is having a scan. He didn't call me out of the scan."
Klopp made a number of changes for his side's 1-0 win over rivals Everton in the third round and will field another weakened team at New Meadow this weekend.
James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri will not be available but fellow midfielder Naby Keita could return after a groin injury which has sidelined him since the end of December.3:00 FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Wolves FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Liverpool's win against Wolves Opta stats
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Sky Sports has confirmed its latest batch of live Premier League games, with big Merseyside and Manchester derbies on the March schedule.
Liverpool's charge towards a first league title in 30 years will continue in front of the Sky Sports cameras, with Jurgen Klopp's side making the short trip to Everton for a Monday Night Football showdown on March 16, before hosting Crystal Palace the following weekend.Liverpool are marching towards the Premier League title
The latest selection of Sky Sports fixtures also includes the Manchester derby at Old Trafford on Sunday, March 8, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's stuttering side seek the boost of a league double against Manchester City.
Chelsea and Leicester both tackle Aston Villa in televised clashes as the battle for the top four - and fight to avoid the drop - heats up, while Wolves travel to West Ham (Sunday, March 15) looking to keep up the chase for European football and Arsenal visit Southampton (Sunday, March 22) hoping to push themselves into the picture.
The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will play host to two tantalising live fixtures during the month as West Ham visit in a London derby (Friday, March 20), after Jose Mourinho takes on former side Manchester United in north London (Sunday March 15).Jose Mourinho will take on old employers Man Utd in front of the Sky Sports cameras in March Latest confirmed Premier League games live on Sky
Sat March 7: Burnley vs Tottenham (5.30pm)
Sun March 8: Chelsea vs Everton (2pm)
Sun March 8: Man Utd vs Man City (4.30pm)
Mon March 9: Leicester vs Aston Villa (8pm)
Sat March 14: Aston Villa vs Chelsea (5.30pm)
Sun March 15: West Ham vs Wolves (2pm)
Sun March 15: Tottenham vs Man Utd (4.30pm)
Mon March 16: Everton vs Liverpool (8pm)
Fri March 20: Tottenham vs West Ham (8pm)*
Sat March 21: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (5.30pm)*
Sun March 22: Leicester vs Brighton (2pm)*
Sun March 22: Southampton vs Arsenal (4.30pm)*
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Three of Liverpool's Premier League fixtures in March have been rescheduled.
The Reds' home encounter with Bournemouth will now be played on Saturday March 7 at 12.30pm and broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK.
Liverpool will then travel to Goodison Park to face Everton on Monday March 16 at 8pm.
Finally, Crystal Palace's visit to Anfield has been moved to a 5.30pm kick-off on Saturday March 21. However, this game is subject to further change in the event of FA Cup quarter-final participation.
The Everton and Palace matches will be shown live on Sky Sports.
All kick-off times are GMT.
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Jürgen Klopp has confirmed Liverpool are set to bring in fresh legs for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Shrewsbury Town.
The Reds made nine changes for the meeting with Everton at the previous stage of the tournament earlier this month and are set to shuffle their pack once more for the visit to New Meadow.
Klopp also explained why the encounter with the League One club is also an opportunity to give players who’ve recently returned from injury some valuable game time.
“We will have a team with fresh legs,” said the boss. “We have players who came back from injury, so it makes sense to play them because they are pretty good and we want to go through.
“Now we are qualified for the round we want to go through and we know it’s a tough place to go, how it always is in cup competitions.”
Klopp added: “It's clear, without a winning mentality, it's difficult to win football games. I don’t think the players left a shadow of a doubt this season that they want to win a game, when they’re part of it, against whoever it is or whoever was the opponent. It is very important.”
Naby Keita could be available for Sunday's FA Cup clash with Shrewsbury Town but Liverpool await further news on Sadio Mane's hamstring injury.
Dejan Lovren is in contention for the fourth-round tie at New Meadow, though James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are unlikely to be involved.
The manager was asked for an update on Mane, who was withdrawn after ‘feeling something’ in the first half of Thursday’s win at Wolverhampton Wanderers, at his pre-match press conference.
“No, I think he is in the scan in this moment,” replied Klopp. “They didn’t call me out of the scan, so, no. [Fingers crossed], yes.”
On other fitness concerns in his squad, the boss said: “Dejan trained completely normally, until the game it’s a week [back] so should be fine.
“For Shaq and Millie, I think it’s too early. Naby, we will have to see. My information is that he will be part of training today and then we have to see.
“It was not too long, but how he looks and so on. For the boys that didn’t play longer than a half yesterday, today will be a very, very important session and kind of an intense session.
“It’s minus two [days] to the game so there is always intensity. We will see if he can be part of that completely – then he would be an option. If not, then not.”
Adrian is set to return to Liverpool’s starting line-up for Sunday’s FA Cup encounter at Shrewsbury Town.
The goalkeeper will be given the nod to begin the fourth-round fixture at New Meadow this weekend, having been selected against Everton earlier this month.
Jürgen Klopp confirmed: “It is easy to say, Adrian will stay in goal if he can.
“So far [all good] and nothing different.”
Last Updated: 24/01/20 2:42pm1:38 Jurgen Klopp insists nothing is decided in the Premier League title race despite Liverpool's 16-point lead Jurgen Klopp insists nothing is decided in the Premier League title race despite Liverpool's 16-point lead
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has laughed off suggestions the Premier League title race is finished and insists nothing "is decided, before it's decided".
The runaway Premier League leaders moved 16 points clear of their nearest rivals Manchester City after a 2-1 win over Wolves on Thursday night.
Victory at Molineux extended their unbeaten run in the league to 40 matches but Klopp is taking nothing for granted as he looks to end the club's 30-year wait for the league title.
When asked what he thought of the tag 'The Inevitables', Klopp said: "We couldn't care less about these kind of things, as far as I'm concerned.
"I think at this moment we are not even mathematically qualified for the Champions League for next year.Liverpool are now unbeaten in their last 40 league matches
"The only thing we can do is focus on our next games, which is now Shrewsbury, then West Ham and Southampton. That is how it is."
Klopp added: "I cannot change the situation. I've never heard about anything being decided, before it's decided. So why should we think about these kind of things?
"The game last night is a very good example for our situation. It was never easy, it will never be easy and we just have to fight as much as we can."Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves
Liverpool travel to face Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury on Sunday in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Sadio Mane had a scan on Friday after suffering a muscle injury against Wolves and could miss the trip to New Meadow.
Klopp confirmed Dejan Lovren has returned to training after a thigh injury but Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner and Naby Keita all remain doubtful.Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad against Shrewsbury
Klopp has suggested he will rotate his squad for the match, with a number of the club's youngsters expected to feature.
"We will have a team with fresh legs," he said. "We have players that have come back from injury so it makes sense to play them, because they are pretty good.
"We want to go through that round, now we are qualified we want to go through.
"It's a tough place to go, how it always is in cup competitions."Super 6: Magic of the Cup?
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Liverpool went 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League once again after a 2-1 victory away at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday night.
Jordan Henderson opened the scoring for the Reds with a header from yet another Trent Alexander-Arnold corner, and despite Raul Jimenez levelling for the home side, Roberto Firmino curled in a brilliant late winner.
Here is what the media made of the game...
Neil Jones, Goal.com
Well, what is there left to say about this Liverpool team? Just when you thought that the party had to end, Jürgen Klopp’s side find a way to turn the music back up. Just when you thought they were out, they pull themselves back in. How do they do it? How do they keep digging out these wins when everything tells you that this, finally, is the night when their luck runs out? With six minutes left, Firmino drew back his left foot. Goal. Bedlam. Firmino is very much Liverpool’s away-day specialist this season. All of his goals have come away from Anfield. This, his 10th of the campaign, was as precious as any. No surrender. Not just yet. The 16-point lead at the top of the table is restored, and can be extended at West Ham on Wednesday as the Reds play their game in hand. By the time Manchester City next play in the league, the gap could be 22 points. Honestly. If January was to be month to test Liverpool, to stretch them, well they have risen to the challenge. This was their fifth win of the month, each of them vital, each of them requiring every ounce of courage, spirit and togetherness. They rarely do it the easy way, this team.
Henry Winter, The Times
Henderson embodies the magnificent team he captains: the will to win, the relentless pressing, the energy, passing and utter determination not to concede ground, goals or points. Henderson is the beacon lighting the way for Liverpool to reach their first league trophy in 30 years. Others contributed immensely here, whether Alisson’s saves, Virgil van Dijk’s interceptions or Roberto Firmino’s finishing, but in truth Liverpool managed their 14th consecutive Premier League win because of Henderson. He went in for a header, scored with his shoulder, and was head and shoulders above everybody here. He stood firm when Wolverhampton Wanderers whipped up a storm in the second half, and with six minutes remaining provided the assist for Firmino to ensure the win. At the final whistle, Henderson raised his clenched fists to the misty skies in celebration, armband gripping his left biceps, a bulging vein in his neck, catching his breath after another intense shift of work.
Melissa Reddy, Independent
What more is there to say? Are there any unused superlatives left? In the absence of fresh words, perhaps it’s wise to borrow Kylian Mbappe’s recent ones. “Liverpool are like a machine,” the Paris Saint-Germain star said. “They win, they win, they win.” Yes, they’ve done it again. At Molineux on Thursday night, the league leaders came, scored twice, sweated a bit, but ultimately conquered. Liverpool have not lost a game in the division for 385 days. They have collected 94 points out of the last available 96. This is Liverpool and they always find a way to win.
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