Liverpool kicked off their Premier League defense with an intense and frenzied confrontation against Leeds United at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds He advanced three times in the match but the visiting team regained strength until a late penalty kick scored by Mohamed Salah put the match out of reach of Marcelo Bielsa’s team and saw Jurgen Klopp’s men finish with all the spoils of a 4-3 victory.
The new champions will continue their bid to retain the title with a match against Spender Chelsea this summer at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
And Klopp We’ll now be looking at his options, so here we are looking at the changes the Liverpool manager can make when his side is next.
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Roberto Firmino’s headache
Anfield loyal know Roberto Firmino is unique in his # 9 role for Liverpool.
However, his lack of scoring – which was often overlooked last season due to his alternate exploits for the team – is starting to become a little more evident.
There were times during the match against Leeds perhaps the striker should have shown more selfish streak and picked up a shot, while he should also have been more decisive with a single golden opportunity late in the match. At 3-3.
Of course, this is only the first game of the season that was preceded by a unique and strange off-season game, so skepticism can be taken advantage of at this point.
However, there is a certain Takumi Minamino waiting for his chance on the wings.
The Japanese international put in an excellent pre-season performance and Klopp is sure to now have few headaches over who gets started at Stamford Bridge.
Question by Joe Gomez
No member of the esteemed Liverpool defense line covered themselves in any glory on Saturday.
They looked shaky and detached with two uncharacteristic errors thrown in for a good measure.
Joe Gomez faces a battle with that term for his place at the center of the Reds defense as Joel Matip returns from injury and eager to move forward.
This may pose a question for the coach about who will participate Virgil van Dijk against Chelsea when two players like Kai Havertz and Timo Werner take to the field.
Jordan Henderson Mystery
After more than two months on the sidelines, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was once again introduced to the Premier League during what turned out to be a baptism of fire.
The Reds’ game with Leeds was a frantic battle and the newly promoted team removed champions in every region across the field.
In the past, putting Henderson into the position of midfield captain could have demanded a lot – given his lack of action before the season.
Liverpool midfield was not able to give the defense regular cover, so the back keeper looked shaky as the well-trained Bielsa team put three goals past Alison Baker.
Fabinho was introduced shortly afterwards the hour mark and helped Liverpool gain some control – even though Leeds’ final goal was coming while the Brazilian was on the field.
It is also recognized that he did not show his best during the pre-season matches, but the number 6 holder proved vital in the final minutes on Saturday as he won the penalty kick scored by Salah to collect the three points.
Given his need for rhythm, it could be Fabinho who starts against Chelsea with Henderson returning to the other matches in the coming weeks.