Forgotten man set for extended run: Three things we learned from Liverpool win over Sunderland
By Editor Wayne Veysey
Football Insider analyses three talking points from Liverpool’s 1-0 Premier League win against Sunderland at Anfield on Saturday.
Origi makes claim for regular starting role
The injury to Philippe Coutinho is likely to prompt Klopp to push Roberto Firmino out wide and deploy an authentic centre-forward in the coming weeks. That means a battle between Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi to spearhead the attack. With Sturridge sidelined with a calf injury against Sunderland, Origi replaced Coutinho midway through the first half and the Belgian grabbed his opportunity with a splendidly taken winner, his first goal in the league this season, just when it appeared that Liverpool might be frustrated by the heavily-manned Sunderland defence. Origi had played just 104 Premier League minutes before Saturday’s clash but the forgotten man of Anfield could now be set for an extended run in the side. With his raw pace and power, the 21-year-old offers something different to the rest of the Liverpool forwards and he has done his chances no harm.
Liverpool are a chance machine
Egged on by the emotion and charisma of their manager from the touchline, Liverpool carved out another lorryload of opportunities in their latest dominant display. The home side were below par in the first half but the noise level and the tempo increased after the break and a resilient Sunderland were finally broken down. The statistics show Liverpool create more chances than any other side in the Premier League and, if their finishing was to match their approach play, there could be some monster socrelines. Klopp has created a chance machine.
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Klopp settles on best combination
In a clear sign that Klopp is settling on his best side, Liverpool named an unchanged starting XI for the first time in 41 matches. The manager stuck with the team that drew 0-0 against Southampton last Saturday, although his selection would have been informed by the unavailability of injured duo Adam Lallana and Sturridge. Lallana would certainly have been in the line-up if he had been fully fit after his excellent start to the season, as it appears that Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum are in a straight shoot-out for the second central midfield position in Klopp’s strongest side. However, the injury to Coutinho muddies the waters and could lead to a change in formation in the coming matches.
In other Liverpool news, Jamie Redknapp has delivered his verdict on the club’s title credentials.