LIVERPOOL 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON
Klopp remains undefeated. Say what you like about the fact that he’s drawn all his games so far, but I certainly wouldn’t want a manager who turned up and immediately started losing. Klopp hasn’t lost even once and I’m grateful for that, it brings me hope that he can be successful and perhaps improve to achieving a victorious result soon. There’s hope with what he’s doing. In fact, I’d go so far to say that he’s doing things “the Liverpool way”.
The Liverpool Way wasn’t just about victory. It was partly about a positive state of mind that included being supportive of your team and manager, even when you’re not getting 3 points from your games. I fully support Jürgen Klopp and am satisfied with his management so far. The wins will happen eventually. Perhaps after the January Transfer Window opens and we may have bought new players, we could start seeing better results – the wins that many Reds want to have. That’s possible but I still think our current squad can work hard enough to make the best possible results happen, before the new year.
The line up was close to that of the Rubin Kazan game, though Joe Allen had been moved from a starting 11 place to a seat on the substitute bench. In the game before that, Allen had only been substitute and Lucas was picked instead of him, so it seems to be an exact match for the Tottenham fixture starting line up.
If Joe Allen truly wants to be back in the starting 11, he’ll have to prove himself worthy of it. Jürgen Klopp is not an easily fooled man and is certainly not “playing favourites” like Rodgers did… Rodgers has played Joe Allen at more than one club (Swansea and Liverpool), even when Allen was out of form. He was just chosen because Rodgers is very good friends with him but our new manager will do nothing like that, he’ll have to earn his place in the side. Personally, I hope Brendan gets himself a new job at a new club and asks to sign Allen, because he’d be doing us all a favour. Our midfield would look more exciting with the likes of Jordon Ibe, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Rossiter and Adam Lallana running around it.
This game was allegedly going to be the “return of Benteke and Firmino” (As starting 11 players), but both were only chosen as substitutes. They’d both play in this game, but only in the 2nd half. It seems Klopp is still being rather careful with his players and not letting them return too early for full on 90 minutes fixtures just yet. He has enough players on the injury list already without having a couple of his players “return too early” and get injured all over again.
While Benteke and other strikers have been out, Divock Origi has been given several opportunities to prove himself for the manager and the Liverpool fans, though has not really made much of an impact so far. Had Origi scored already, returning players like Benteke would actually have to fight hard to get their place back, but it seems the manager knew Origi had not been performing at peak performance and it would be the start of the second half in this game when Benteke replaced Origi.
Liverpool had plenty of offensive plays in both halves, though some of them came to nothing. Southampton kept a close watch on attackers, closing them down and blocking shots, to attempt keeping a clean sheet. However that would not happen for either goalkeeper at both ends of the pitch at Anfield.
The first half was goalless. The defences for both teams were working tirelessly to stop any balls finding their way into the net in the first 45 minutes. Klopp would as do as the fans had been calling for since early in the game when he substituted Divock Origi for Benteke by the start of the second half and then the game started to turn slightly in Liverpool’s favour. We looked stronger, more likely to score. from the 46th minute to the 90th, I honestly thought Liverpool were more than equal, we were the better side and we were very unlucky to not walk away with a win at full time.
Before being resigned to having a draw though, there was our goal. We scored first.
The 77th minute saw James Milner cross over a wonderfully placed ball which reached Benteke who was flying through the air perfectly to meet the ball with his head and direct it right into the goal at Anfield. Benteke is BACK with a bang!
Liverpool 1-0 Southampton.
I am awarding the “Man Of The Match” to Benteke for his efforts including a goal while only having very recently recovered from a hamstring injury. Klopp’s still a bit wary of using him right from the start, but perhaps he just proved to the manager that he’s ready to do that now after his magnificent display in this game.
Roberto Firmino had a couple of attacks and did not score but like Benteke, he has also shown that his fitness is at 100% once more, with the possibility of playing from the start being very likely in the near future.
Jürgen Klopp can be proud of his team, they worked hard and up to the 85th minute, looked like winning the game.
With 5 minutes to go, James Milner made a bad challenge and was booked – his 5th yellow card of the season and he misses playing in our next fixture for this. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the resulting free kick after Milner had just been cautioned went directly to Sadio Mané who after a scramble and some scrappy play in the 6 yard box was able to win the ball and get a shot off from close range to put the ball past Simon Mignolet.
Liverpool 1-1 Southampton.
So, with very little time left to play, Liverpool had given up their chance to claim our first victory under new manager Jürgen Klopp unfortunately. James Milner really messed up that chance, to be honest. I am not certain who will be captain for our coming fixture (Bournemouth in a 4th round league cup fixture) but with Jordan Henderson out and Milner being the original Vice-Captain (and then captain once Henderson was injured) this season, it looks like we’ll have to find out in our next game. It will probably fall to our manager to pick one, but being new to the club he’ll have to do his research to know who’s the best candidates for the job.
He’ll have until 28th October to figure that out with our next fixture only a few days away. I’ve got my ticket for this already and will be travelling to Anfield for this cup game and will be sure to take some pictures as I provide an accurate representation of what it’s like inside Liverpool’s home stadium for you all. It’s such a magical place and I want to share that with you all.
Keep walking on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.