In case you are living under a rock, Liverpool have opened their season with 5 wins on the bounce, the leading position in the Premier League and a trophy to boot.
The Reds finished August with a 100% Premier League record for the second season in a row. Here’s how they did it.
Liverpool 4, Norwich 1
Hanley (OG), Salah, van Dijk, Origi // Pukki
Firstly, we are ignoring Liverpool’s penalty shootout loss to Manchester City in the Community Shield as it was, at the end of the day, a friendly.
Liverpool got their Premier League campaign off the best possible start with a rousing victory over newly-promoted Norwich at Anfield. The Reds ran out to a 4-0 lead before half-time and from then the game was set.
Liverpool lost goalkeeper Alisson Becker to injury before the break, in what was the worst thing to come out of this game. New signing Adrian stepped in and filled in for the injured Brazilian and has done ever since.
Norwich looked much better in the second half and managed to peg a goal back through Teemu Pukki.
Liverpool 2, Chelsea 2 (5-4 on penalties)
Mane, Mane // Giroud, Jorginho (p)
Next up was a trip to Istanbul for the UEFA Super Cup. The magic of the Turkish city repeated for the Reds as they managed to squeak a penalty shootout win for themselves.
The Reds looked sluggish throughout the first half but woke up to dominate the second period.
Liverpool then took the lead in extra-time only for Adrian to give away a penalty that perhaps shouldn’t have been.
The Spanish goalkeeper then turned hero as he saved Tammy Abraham’s penalty to win the Super Cup for Liverpool.
Southampton 1, Liverpool 2
Ings // Mane, Firmino
In what turned out to be Liverpool’s toughest league task of the month thanks in large part to the fatigue the players faced after playing 120 minutes a few days prior.
Liverpool still managed to get the win, though. The quality of the squad shone through and Liverpool managed to run out to a 2-0 lead before Adrian gifted Danny Ings a consolation.
Liverpool 3, Arsenal 1
Matip, Salah (p), Salah // Torreira
The team that was supposed to give Liverpool their toughest run out provided little resistance as the Reds completely blasted through Arsenal at Anfield.
Liverpool played an incredible game against the Gunners, dominating from the word go. Salah scored twice thanks to two David Luiz mistakes. The first of which ended with Liverpool being awarded a penalty and the second being more down to Salah’s supreme ability.
The wait for a clean sheet continued as Lucas Torreira got a late goal for Arsenal.
Wood (OG), Mane, Firmino
Liverpool’s first clean sheet of the season came in a very professional 3-0 win at Turf Moor. The Reds were comfortable throughout and Burnley didn’t manage a shot on target for over an hour after their first effort in the second minute.
Trent Alexander-Arnold was robbed of a goal thanks Chris Wood deflecting his “cross” into the net.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino added the second and third goals for the Reds. The game’s biggest talking point was Mane’s apparent tantrum following his substitution.
Player of the Month
Firmino has been in the form of his Liverpool career of late. His creativity is flowing like never before and has been creating things for Salah and Mane constantly.
The Brazilian also netted himself two goals as well as three assists in all competitions. Even then, his numbers aren’t the most impressive part of his game, everything he does for the team is – and that’s why he’s our player of the month.
Goal of the month
This might have been given to Trent Alexander-Arnold’s effort against Burnley if he was accredited with the goal but alas, Salah’s second goal against Arsenal gets the nod.
He made a fool of David Luiz, turning him on the half-way line then bursting down the right flank before employing a classic Salah move to bring the ball onto his left foot and finish past Bernd Leno.
So that was August… Liverpool can look forward to five games in September, all coming in the space of two weeks.
September 14 – Liverpool vs Newcastle United – Anfield
September 17 – Napoli vs Liverpool – San Paolo Stadium
September 22 – Chelsea vs Liverpool – Stamford Bridge
September 25 – MK Dons vs Liverpool – Stadium MK
September 28 – Sheffield United vs Liverpool – Bramall Lane