Liverpool: Four takeaways from a 4-2 win over Manchester United

Liverpool, Mohamed Salah (Photo by PETER POWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
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Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp (Photo by MICHAEL REGAN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) /

Liverpool can pull this off

To bring it all home, the most important part of this win over Manchester United is that Liverpool are now in prime position to make the top four. They don’t fully control their own destiny since other fixtures can impact them, but with games in hand over Chelsea and now this win over second-place United, the Reds should have confidence despite being four points behind the fourth-place Blues.

Liverpool have the easier matchups to close the season. They will be facing West Brom, Burnley, and Crystal Palace, whereas Chelsea still have a fixture against Leicester City to worry about. The Reds know they must not underestimate anybody, but those three Premier League sides are ones they can beat. And after taking down United 4-2 at Old Trafford with all the pressure on them, they should have the confidence to go ahead and finish the job.

Jurgen Klopp will make sure his men have a one-track mind and make no excuses. To be honest, Klopp has made enough of them, and I think he realizes that getting back to the basics with his outlook and motivation are vital. He needs to be the leader, and he needs to lean on the leaders in his squad, such as Roberto Firmino, to pull this off.

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But after this win, it really feels like Liverpool have the magic back. Yeah, it’s just one match, but the way the Reds fought out there, you get the feeling they have recaptured their essence and will spite those who turned against them this season.