A feeling of delight was felt across the red half of Merseyside on Sunday evening as 2000 Liverpool fans returned to Anfield and watched their side complete a dominant 4-0 victory over Wolves, and with Trent Alexander-Arnold back in the squad, there was definitely a sense of normality restored for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
It’s been a somewhat abnormal season so far for The Reds. Amidst all of the obstacles that COVID-19 has brung to football, with teams having a restricted transfer window in terms of finances, little to no pre-season and certain travel restrictions. Liverpool have what feels like an ever growing injury list, including centre back pairing Virgil Van Dijk & Joe Gomez, who are both still expected to be out for at least six more months. Midfield maestro Thiago, has yet to be given the opportunity to really shine in his new colours since a summer move from last seasons Champions League winners Bayern Munich due to injury, along with muscle problems plaguing many first team regulars with the likes of Alisson, James Milner & The Ox all sidelined, it’s been far from straightforward and a constant thorn in Klopp’s side.
After a rather disappointing 1-1 draw with Brighton last week, an unhappy Jurgen Klopp let his feelings known which resulted in a nothing less than fascinating post-match interview with BT Sport journalist Des Kelly. From 12.30 kick off times, to personally calling out Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder about his lack of want for the 5 substitution rule, it is certain worth the eight minute watch.
However, this week we saw what Liverpool are about. Winning games with the famous Anfield crowd behind them, albeit 2000. Klopp described the night as ‘’emotional’’ whilst also mentioning how nice it was to hear ‘’You’ll Never Walk Alone’’ again. Goals from Salah, Wijnaldum, Matip and an own goal from Wolves defender Nelson Semedo saw Liverpool claim all three points putting them level with current league leader Spurs, furthermore extending their unbeaten run at the fortress that is Anfield, to 65 games.
A trip to relegation strugglers Fulham next week is another chance for Klopp’s men to keep the pressure up on the top spot and with more players slowly returning to full fitness over the Christmas period, it’s certainly a big boost. But, with the fixture schedule showing no signs of slowing down and the latter stages of the Champions League on the horizon, it is going to be a big test for The Reds to win back to back Premier League titles, but if there is one fanbase that will contribute to success of their club, it’s Liverpool.