It wasn’t exactly the stellar attacking display that we have come to expect from the reds but the hard fought 2-1 win over Southampton on the opening day of the season means three points in the bag and thats what matters.
Liverpool struck first, with a magnificent through ball from Jordan Henderson to Raheem Sterling, who calmly slotted the ball passed Fraser Forster in the right hand corner of the net. After halftime, Southampton struck back, with a quality strike from Nathaniel Clyne after a cleve flick from Saints new signing Dušan Tadić. Tadic was one of the best players on the pitch and out shone Liverpool’s own, Phillipe Coutinho, in the creativity stakes. It was the Brazilian’s departure and the introduction of former Southampton player, Rickie Lambert, that changed things back in the reds favour. The move meant a change in shape and with the strikers arial threat we suddenly had a plan b. It was a cross searching for the big mans head right before the ’80 minute mark that was nodded down by Raheem Sterling for Daniel Sturridge to tap in giving Liverpool a 2-1 lead.
I have to say that I am happy with the result but not entirely how Liverpool played. The defence looked shaky yet again, but there were positives to be drawn from observing them. Javier Manquillo looked very strong and confident. I really enjoyed his performance and I think he was a solid signing. New boy Dejan Lovren also looked good, although Southampton’s equaliser was arguably his fault. I think with more time this defensive unit can improve and with Sturridge and Sterling scoring goals we could go one step further this time around.