Istanbul painted Red after Adrian, Mane and Firmino shine for Liverpool!
Another UEFA European football night in Istanbul and yet another silverware for Liverpool. Seems like Reds and their Istanbul endeavour is a romance like none other. Even though occurance of events throughout 90 minutes weren’t of same stature as back in 2005 were, when Merseyside club faced world class AC Milan side but there was something in the air which hinted that despite going a goal down, Reds would still make it through and would do enough in the game to add to another European silverware list; their 4th Super Cup title to be precise, from which we take a look at 4 major outtakes.
1. Supermané Bobby to guide them home.
There’s a reason why Liverpool trio are feared across Europe whenever they are together on the field, guiding the attack. For the rusty looking Oxlade Chamberlain, the inevitable substitution at half-time meant the deadly three will be ready to rock the opposition. The result was instant as within the next 3 minutes the beautifully chipped in ball from Fabinho was assisted via magical foot of Firmino to Sadio Mané for an equaliser for Reds. Since then Liverpool’s attack looked to be in a better shape than what all witnessed in the first half, though defensively Reds struggled throughout the match; so that’s something for Liverpool to sort out as season progresses.
Goals scored in European competition for Liverpool:
🔴 Sadio Mané (16)
🔴 Mohamed Salah (16)
🔴 Roberto Firmino (16)
The front three are all tied up. pic.twitter.com/N12tqWft1w
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) August 14, 2019
95th minute artistically crafted goal in extra-time would’ve been a perfect tribute to hardwork put in by Roberto Firmino had controversial VAR call on Tammy Abraham penalty would’ve been thoroughly checked from other angles, which didn’t look like a foul from the Liverpool hero for the night, Adrian. But call it Reds’ Istanbul connection, that match had to go in dramatic fashion and end up being in their favour eventually. Surely the batch of 2005 winning UCL side must be smiling to see the keeper deciding the outcome of the match, just the way it happen in that magical night of Istanbul when Reds got their 5th Champions League trophy home.
2. Adriaaaaaaaaaan, like Rocky.
The most loud and vocal guy inside the dressing room during the half-time, as Jürgen Klopp described him. It was his day, oh had to be his day when you’re full of desire to perform and stand up for your side when it’s needed. Coming in as a first choice keeper for this game, and also making his first start for Reds, Adrian looked as calm as a normal goalkeeper would. Making few good saves and running in to grab the ball without hesitation depicted how ready the Spaniard was for his first Liverpool start. Saving Tammy Abraham penalty in shootout was just icing on the cake.
10 days ago, free agent.
Last night, saves a penalty to win Liverpool the Super Cup.
He's a keeper! 👐 pic.twitter.com/9jvY568wmz
— Coral (@Coral) August 15, 2019
The European champions were presented with their second trophy in Istanbul where it was again a keeper holding onto his nerves and guiding team to glory by stepping past the final hurdle. Sitting somewhere Dudek must be smiling looking at what Adrian did for the Reds. As for Liverpool it’s good vibe before the long season tests them through and through.
3. Something special underway for Chelsea.
Once again it was another case of pure hard luck for Chelsea. Lampard’s men played an incredible game and were the better side for the majority of the match. Numerous prime opportunities missed, two disallowed goals and losing by a goal on penalties really says it all. The fact it’s only the second competitive game of the season for this Chelsea side filled with more youth than ever should excite the fans for what’s to come.
4. Go clinical or go home.
The factor that’s going to make or break Chelsea’s season is their finishing. It was clearly evident they failed to convert so many opportunities which should have found the back of the net. Not to mention, two disallowed goals and being caught offside on too many occasions. They’re in desperate need of a striker but they can’t afford to wait a whole season to buy one. Someone has to step up and become the new goal machine that Eden Hazard was for them once. The question is who?
Chelsea will be looking to claim their first goal and points of the Premier League season when they host Leicester City on the weekend. Reds on the other hand travel away at St. Mary’s to play Southampton in Premier League fixture.
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