We managed to crush yet another team with a stunning attacking display, in what was effectively a dead rubber.
I don’t want to be negative because going into the Merseyside derby a win like this is a big confidence boost. In fact there’s no real way to be negative about a 7-0 win. But to give it a dose of realism, Klopp seems to have his side perfectly set up to beat European minnows, meanwhile we struggle to make serious inroads in any competition.
I’m also keenly aware that January is just around the corner. That’s shopping time for football clubs.
And certain players, naming no names, may score hat-tricks to get themselves in the shop window for a move to a bigger club.
— ★ #TeamOfTheYear ★ (@ChampionsLeague) December 6, 2017
So let’s take the positives. We’ve beaten two teams 7-0 in the group stages of the Champions League, our forward line are scoring goals and we finished top of the group. I won’t count Moreno getting injured as a positive, as long as you don’t either ;).
Klopp said a few interesting things in his post match press conference:
“If we perform like this tonight in these moments, if we are as clinical as tonight, but had with the same players situations where we didn’t score. It’s not a criticism but the past. If they perform like this then obviously 100 per cent [they are a threat].
Klopp continued: “If you see how Dom Solanke performing against Stoke, and if you see then how Daniel Sturridge performed when he came on tonight, he could have scored two or three and made the goal with a fantastic pass for Sadio. I could have made three or four different line-ups only in midfield!”
Jürgen Klopp on…
➡ Spartak success
➡ Reds' front four
➡ Moreno injury
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 6, 2017
It remains to be seen how he plans to line-up for the big derby on Sunday, and whether any players have forced their way into consideration but my personal opinion is that I don’t think we’ll see too many surprises.