Connect in the back of the net

Jurgen Klopp’s charges outran Arsenal on the opening day of the season, beating them 4-3 in a pulsating encounter at the Emirates.

Coutinho scored a brace as Adam Lallana further widened the advantage, but it new signing Sadio Mane that grabbed the headlines with a debut goal that proved to be the winner.

Although their comeback was too little too late, Arsenal’s goals were scored by Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers.

Their celebrations were however short-lived, as Liverpool suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat away to Burnley the following week.

The close of August saw the Reds draw 1-1 with Spurs at White Hart Lane, leaving them with 4 points after three games.

Performances in September however put them in the top four for the first time since May 2014, with convincing wins against Leicester, Chelsea and Hull City.

Lovren scored from the near post while Henderson doubled the advantage with a spectacular long range effort as Chelsea lost 2-1 at their own back yard. Diego Costa scored the consolation for the hosts.

After a 5-1  rout over Hull, the Reds went on to register a 2-1 win at the Liberty stadium on the first day of October. The same cannot be said about their next encounter however, as their Anfield bout with Manchester United ended in a barren draw.

In the following weeks they won 2-1 [West Brom home] and 4-2 [Palace away], but it was the 6-1 mauling of Watford that hallmarked their recent dominance in the League.

Mane scored a brace while Coutinho, Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum also got on the score sheet.

Although they drew 0-0 at St. Mary’s after the international break, a 2-0 victory over hapless Sunderland has them second on the Premier League table with 30 points: one adrift of leaders Chelsea.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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