Firmino delivers Jota’s response
Roberto Firmino was not arrested.
The ball was barely damaged behind the Anfield Road End net as the Brazilian flew a 70-yard sprint towards the Kop, his arms outstretched in ecstasy, colleagues on the to pursue.
And it wasn’t just his teammates from Liverpool who were struggling to keep up with the joyful Firmino.
The move was a constant threat to Tottenham Hotspur by falling into the middle of the park and finding pockets of space, tying the play well and showing vision and clever footwork. .
He was, dare to say, like the old Firmino of old, against one of his favorite opponents – he has now scratched in four of the last five Premier League meetings between the sides.
One fine mark and shot fired by Hugo Lloris in the first half was the Firmino trademark.
However, there was nothing normal about the progress of a high jump to meet Andy Robertson’s corner for the game’s decisive intervention.
After seeing his regular starter career threatened by a summer form signing Diogo Jota, Firmino ‘s recovery has been in good time with Portugal on the elbow for at least another month.
And perhaps it was telling him that Firmino chose to celebrate by blasting towards the Kop kick with, once again, 2,000 fans sounding like many, many more sides to his side. inside Anfield.
An undisputed showman, his recent resurgence has come with fans getting permission back inside stadiums. Understand it or not, it’s good to have old Bobby back.
Williams will not stop a debate on motion
What a year for Rhys Williams. Twelve months ago, the 19-year-old, who was then on loan at Kidderminster Harriers in the Northern National League, had just enjoyed a tussle with Guiseley and was preparing to lock horns with Altrincham.
Now it was a battle of the first game in the Premier League with Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son, the most feared partnership in the top flight that helped move Tottenham to the top .
In fact, by appearances in all six Champions League games – including three starts – Williams was not completely wet behind the ears.
This, however, was a completely different experiment.
If Williams – Nat Phillips’ favorite for striker Joel Matip – was embarrassed, he didn’t show up, it was his awakening helping Liverpool gain the upper hand in the first half while his beautiful cross pass started the move for opener Mohamed Salah.
Unfortunately, therefore, the youngster is the player who has been judged to rule Son onside for Tottenham ‘s equalizer, the kind of boundary decision that has consistently gone against the Reds. -this season.
The learning curve was steep, a false head that testified in the second half to Steven Bergwijn about the increased pressure placed on him. But as Tottenham pressed late, the youngster remained stockless.
It will not suspend applications for a new backyard in January. But Williams exceeds expectations.
Liverpool’s absence raises more questions
Many of the elements that have been behind Liverpool ‘s success in recent years were seen confidently in this exciting situation.
But one particular presence highlighted a problem with which Jurgen Klopp knows he needs to get involved over the busy Christmas period.
With the game in the balance throughout, the Liverpool boss chose not to make a single substitute, although Naby Keita was expected to bring in before time was called off by referee Anthony Taylor.
Some viewers are left scratching their heads at hypocrisy seen as Klopp is such a vocal advocate for the reintroduction of the rule allowing five riders centers in a Premier League game.
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But the Reds boss kept faith in the starting XI – despite Williams being the only change from Fulham ‘s weekend draw – insisting there were no suitable options in this game with the number of injuries that Liverpool still have to struggle with.
Circulation will be needed in the coming weeks, especially at Selhurst Park early in the first half on Saturday with the Reds, similar to Crystal Palace, with the minimum time available to prepare for the game.
They were left kicking their heels here. But the likes of Keita, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Takumi Minamino know their time is coming soon.