Tuesday, November 30

Trent Alexander Arnold returns to his best and four things we learned when Liverpool crushed Atlético

Trent Alexander Arnold returns to his best and four things we learned when Liverpool crushed Atlético

Liverpool survive a short-tempered adventure

Liverpool emerged victorious from a moody match against Atlético de Madrid at Anfield, thanks to a score of 2-0.

Goals from Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota in the first half preceded a red card for Felipe, which basically ended the tie as competition.

Luis Suárez, on his return to Anfield, had the ball in the net midway through the second half, but was ruled out for marginal offside.

In the end, however, it was three well-deserved points for Klopp’s team, making it a 100% record in the group stage this season.

Here are 5 things 101 chosen from the game.

1. Liverpool have finished as group champions

With this victory, Liverpool led seven points clear at the top of the group, with just six to pick up for opponents, mathematically securing first place in the group in the process.

This means that for the trip to Milan and the tie at home to FC Porto, Jurgen Klopp will be able to rest some of his key men, perhaps allowing some youngsters to enjoy their first experience in Champions League football.

Of course, Klopp won’t want to lose too many games, but he can safely rotate his star players like Salah and Mane, without fear of consequences.

2. Without Robertson, no problem

Andy Robertson has been a mainstay of Liverpool’s defense in recent seasons and played all 38 Premier League games last season. However, he has been far from his prime in recent weeks, and found himself, perhaps somewhat surprisingly, doomed for this encounter.

His absence was not noticed. Although Atlético offered less than other teams up front, his replacement Kostas Tsimikas kept the same level, looking solid and reliable throughout the game, meaning that Robertson could remain on the bench.

Once again, Tsimikas showed his coach that Robertson is no longer indispensable and that they have a very competent substitute.

3. Trent Alexander Arnold returns to his best level

Wow. The words did not do justice to the quality of delivery Trent Alexander-Arnold showed tonight. His first assist (shown below) was a work of art, trapping Simeone’s often militant defense for a split second as they scrambled to push and close the gap.

Then he composed it with another brilliant pass, from an almost identical spot, for Sadio Mane to double the lead.

Alexander-Arnold has often been criticized for being too weak defensively, and while those criticisms were not put to the test tonight, he proved that he is still one of the best forwards in the world.

4. This accessory is turning into a grudge fight

These two teams have already met 4 times in 18 months, with 13 goals and 2 red cards in that time. With the results now at 2 wins each, the atmosphere of the match was enlivened by Simeone’s refusal to shake hands and the return to Anfield of Luis Suárez, who had a night to forget.

Certainly, for Atlético, this seems to be a game for which they don’t need an additional incentive, judging by the hard-hitting challenges and the pre-match speech. It’s rapidly changing that way for Liverpool too, and if the pair continue to clash, the rivalry could continue to meet.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Chelsea Football Club 10 23 25
2 Liverpool FC 10 twenty-one 22
3 Manchester city 10 14 twenty
4 West Ham United 10 9 twenty
5 United manchester 10 4 17
6 Arsenal FC 10 -1 17
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 10 1 sixteen
8 Brighton and Hove Albion 10 0 sixteen
9 Tottenham Hotspur 10 -7 fifteen
10 Everton FC 10 0 14
eleven Leicester City 10 -2 14
12 Brentford fc 10 0 12
13 crystal Palace 10 -1 12
14 Southampton FC 10 -3 eleven
fifteen Aston Villa 10 -5 10
sixteen Watford FC 10 -6 10
17 Leeds United 10 -7 10
18 FC Burnley 10 -6 7
19 Newcastle united 10 -12 4
twenty Norwich city 10 -22 2
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 6
Fernandes, Bruno United manchester 4
James, Reece Chelsea Football Club 4
Ronaldo, Cristiano United manchester 4
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 4
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 4
Firmino, Roberto Liverpool FC 4
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 4
Wilson, Callum Newcastle united 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton and Hove Albion 4
Cornet, Maxwel FC Burnley 4
Hwang, Hee-chan Wolverhampton Wanderers 4
Raphinha Leeds United 4
Sarr, Ismael Watford FC 4
Greenwood, Mason United manchester 4
Benrahma said West Ham United 3
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 3


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