Paul Tomkins, Andrew Beasley, Daniel Rhodes and other TTT regulars will give their thoughts on the match for 24 hours after the game, so the article received via email is unlikely to be the final version. There's statistics from the match and videos too.
Excellent first half from the Reds, fairly chaotic and ragged second, and hanging on with no ability to run around, yet again, late in games.
A fantastic three points – on the back of victory over Napoli – and that's the main thing, especially when there have been a couple of games where the points haven't fallen to the Reds when deserved; but made so much harder than it needed to be, and yet nothing has changed: it will still need the World Cup to sort fitness and conditioning issues.
Liverpool aren't really moving up the table, but are narrowing the gap. That's three points closed on Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs, if we assume that Arsenal and Man City are too far ahead to catch (I still expect Arsenal to fall away, but not by enough where surpassing them will be likely).
That's all good news; especially with a game in hand on some of the top teams.
Liverpool can still 'easily' (i.e. with a lot of effort!) finish in the top four based on what they've done pretty much every season since 2017 (even when it looked unlikely), but the lack of running in the midfield makes the team so easy to play against right now.
I'm just glad it's only one more league game before six weeks of rest and recuperation (the first few days), and then hard work and ultimately, replenishment, rejuvenation and renovation. This red bird needs to be reborn, and never has a team needed an unprecedented midseason break.
Still, there were some positives, and a few things to cause alarm from the second "Big Six" win of the season, which I will go on to discuss below.
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