A Liverpool reaction that put a worrisome face in the Citizens Boss Pep Guardiola, sitting in the stands at Anfield and seeing how his former Bundesliga foe Jürgen Klopp and his Boys made this match looked a bit easy.
With the motto in the stands of the Kop that states, “You never walk alone”, the Reds put a display of one of the utmost of footballs with an inspired Firminho, Sturridge and Lallana that elevated their club to a grand win.
This win situate the Merseyside Boys to a close six-point chase towards the top, held currently by the unbeatable Antonio Conte’s Chelsea Blues.
You state why was Pep at the stands in the colossus of Merseyside, one simple reason to observe his foes for next week New Year’s Eve match against Liverpool, considered this match totally with the status of a Derby.
Still this match was not an easy enterprise for the Reds and playing with such caution against a rival that many can state as easy, at the end the locals did not trust their instincts and played a wonderful football.
From start to finish, the Reds saw how the Stoke City squad came prepared to play the role of spoilers and with an early goal, the Potters opened the hostilities in the 12th minute with a score from their man upfront Jonathan Walters.
That did early goal and being behind the first twelve minutes deterred the reds of putting in display their new football instituted by Manager Kloop and in the 34th minute the response from the hosts was sealed by Adam Llallana in the 34th minute.
No later than ten minutes when the flying Brazilian Roberto Firminho put the scores ahead in the 44th minute with a nice shoot for the 2-1 and going to intermission with a one goal lead over the visiting Potters.
As the second half started, the heat was on for the visitors and in the 57th when one of its midfielders in Giannelli Imbula score an own goal and the Reds continuance of dominating the match, their lead extended to 3-1.
Eleven minutes after, it’s when Daniel Sturridge coming as a substitute for forward Divock Origi, sealed the deal with the final goal to send all of Anfield into a frenzy.
Once again the wisdom of Kloop was evident after using his traditional 4-3-3 formation in contrast of the Potters Boss Hughes putting just three defenders in a 3-5-2 that at the end saw a barrage of errors and making it easy for the Reds strikers.
Now the goal for the Reds Boss is to continue his successful run but with an upcoming challenge that can translate into a win to close with a bang the first, half of Premiership and over the Sky Blues will be an awesome feat.
From now on, the aim of the Liverpool squad is to finish strong from the start of 2017 until the league conclusion in May with the hopes of netting a league shield, but the way the Blues are playing this campaign to decide at the end.
Despite the Potters reactions on and on during the match, the outlook of the match was already decided by the locals and by sheer dominance in the front and its backfield fab four defended over zealously it’s goal posts.
Come next week and closing this 2016 of Premiership action, the Merseyside Derby will be the highlight in Premiership, once again Klopp and Guardiola meet again since their last time these had a face off in April 2015.
The heat is on for both of these gladiators as their squads are in need of a win and keep a close pace on the league leaders Chelsea and looking forward to a stumble from the Londoners and these can make a leap towards the coveted league top.