Five Things We Learned From Liverpool's Opening League Game
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1) Moreno had a mareWhen it comes to sticking with a footballer and trying to cling on to the fact that they may have something left to offer it always feels like I'm one of the last fans hanging on. It's no different with Alberto Moreno, there was a time very recently where I was singing his praises as he went through a more settled stage but after Sunday's performance it's very clear that he just isn't cut out to be a top level left back.
He has zero positional awareness and while he occasionally offers something going forward this doesn't come anywhere close to making up for his continuous lapses at the back. It's a real shame because when he first came to the club he looked like he might be moulded into a quality player but that boat has sailed I'm afraid, absolute mare he had.
2) Migs not lost it?After rumours that Loris Karius would in fact replace Simon Mignolet it looked as though the Belgian wouldn't get another chance to really impress between the sticks. Karius however broke his hand meaning the questionable Mignolet started in goal against Arsenal.
Granted, we conceded three goals but I'm not entirely convinced that Migs could have done much about them, his defence didn't help on several occasions. When he saved Walcott's penalty he proved that he can still be a reliable keeper so it will be interesting to see what happens when Karius returns to fitness.
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3) Coutinho MagicThe magician didn't take long to sprinkle his stardust at the Emirates, the number 10 opened Liverpool's scoring for a brand new Premier League season. Coutinho is a phenomenal player to watch when he's having a good day, on a bad day he can very often go missing but when gifted a free kick within range you always fancy him to do something special.
What a goal it was, a beautiful free kick, perfectly placed high into the top left corner of goal away from the stretch of the great Petr Cech. As if the free kick wasn't enough he then somehow converted a second goal off his shin. I often look at Coutinho and worry that he'll be snatched away from us, I was half expecting to see him leave this season but here's hoping we'll see him in a Liverpool shirt for the foreseeable future!
4) Mane worth the money?A £30+ million price tag for Mane had several Liverpool fans wincing earlier in the summer but while some questioned the fee, nobody questioned Mane's ability. The youngster is a super quick and talented player offering a fresh option for Liverpool going forward.
For me he had a relatively strong game on the whole, topped off perfectly by his wonderful goal on 63 minutes. On the right hand side of the pitch Mane was strong during his run taking on two Arsenal defenders in the box with ease, his finish was sublime. I am seriously looking forward to seeing him play regularly for the Reds. A great first league game for the Senegalese forward.
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5) I'm 50p down...I have to confess... A tiny part of me was actually pretty gutted with today's result. I'm still living off my student loans at present until I get my first wage packet from my new job at the end of the month so I figured I'd pop a few bets on.
I had a quid on Mane in a 2-1 which went down the pan, 50p on a 3-3 and 50p on a 4-4 for £100. I won't lie, if Arsenal had of spoiled our tremendous party I would have been slightly pleased with the £100 bonus for more ciders and cocktails haha!