Welcome to the first Football with Natz post. I’ll be providing you with a wrap of Liverpool’s Gameweek – a mini match report of the Premier League fixture against Southampton this past week, which LFC players to choose for your Fantasy League team and Jurgen Klopp’s quote of the week.
Premier League Gameweek 10: Sunday, 24th October 2015
Liverpool (60% possession FT) 1 – 1 Southampton (40% possession FT)
Referee: A Marriner
Opposition manager: Ronald Koeman
Starting Line-up: 22 Mignolet, 2 Clyne, 17 Sakho, 18 Moreno, 37 Skrtel, 7 Milner (c), 10 Philippe Coutinho, 20 Lallana, 21 Leiva, 23 Can, 27 Origi
Subs used: Benteke on for Origi 46’, Firmino on for Lallana 67’ and Ibe on for Coutinho 83’
Our fifth draw in a row, this match should have started with the second half. The first half lacked energy from both sides and the Liverpool players seemed to be cautious in their approach. Benteke’s header, delivered with absolute finesse, broke the frustration of the match and we saw one of Jurgen Klopp’s elated celebrations.
It seemed Kloppo was on his way to join Rafa – who in 2004 was the last to win his first game at Anfield – when celebration turned into frustration (with me directing incensed expletives at the TV) when Saido Mane equalised in the 86th minute thanks to a lack of defending from our side. Mane received a yellow card in the 90th minute and a second yellow followed in the dying moments of injury time when he tripped up Moreno.
A poor challenge near the touchline against Bertrand garnered Milner the first yellow of the game, as well as his fifth of the season, which means suspension for at least one game.
All in all, not the ideal match envisioned by many (or me) and the team’s lack of confidence was evident. It would seem the belief needs to find its way into our Red mens hearts and minds to simmer there, as there is still a lot of work to be done, which will be even harder with the wrong mind set. I’m not confident in Adam Lallana’s ability to cope with full throttle given the lack of ground he covers during a game. Klopp evidently had that in mind when he switched Coutinho to the wing (who also had a rather docile game) and Lallana was used behind Divock Origi; who was barely in the match and failed to make an impact, let alone an impression on me. Hopefully we will see more of Firmino in the games to come. I am anxiously awaiting the return of our Jordan Henderson, as his run and work rate was meant to be played with Klopp’s “heavy metal” philosophy.
- Liverpool goal: Christian Benteke at 77′
- Opposition goal: Saido Mané at 86′
- Man of the Match: Christian Benteke
Fantasy Football & LFC’s reality – Gameweek 10
My fantasy league team, Pitch Invaders, currently has three (maximum amount per squad) Liverpool players; namely Skrtel, Clyne and Mignolet. I opted to leave Clyne and Mignolet on my bench for yet another week as I favoured Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany who earned me 6 points while West Brom’s Boaz Myhill in goal brought me a total of 8 points.
Skrtel only added the standard 2 points to my tally. This was for playing a full 90 minutes which up until 86’ was 6 points (4 points for a clean sheet) after we failed to defend our 1-0 lead.
The LFC players who would have added value to your final team score this past weekend are:
*Lucas (3) won six of his eight attempted tackles, made 10 recoveries and five clearances, blocks and interceptions
*Benteke’s (8) stunning header in the 77th earned him maximum bonus points
*Milner (6) provided the assist to Benteke’s goal and made five key passes and two open play crosses to earn bonus points as well, and lost 1 point after receiving his 5th yellow card of the season.
A complete list of the Rules including the points system for the Fantasy League can be found here: FPL Rules
Klopp’s Quote of the Week
In closing, I’d like to end with a quote from our new man at the helm, Jurgen Klopp. Having disarmed the press since his appointment, Klopp comments are insightful, honest and without making promises makes one feel positive for the games that lie ahead.
“It’s not easy to compare completely different things but in my first season at Dortmund we had 15 draws. If you want, it’s a half win. We didn’t lose. I see the pressure on the players, missing this chance or that chance.
But it’s only important that you always make the right decision in the right moment. They have the quality to finish, to create chances.”
We Go Again in our Premier League game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge at 12H45PM BST on Saturday, 31 October 2015 and our Europa League and the 2nd leg of our Group stage meeting with Rubin Kazan next Thursday, 5 November 2015 at 6PM BST at the Kuban Stadium in Russia.
Until next time,