05/23/2021 at 7:52 PM CEST
Not even the most optimistic Jürgen Klopp would believe it. “Almost impossible & rdquor; was the definition of two months ago on the possibilities of his team to qualify for the Champions League. Few gave Liverpool options, which with an outstanding end of the course he has even finished in third position. Thiago and Mané, the figures of victory against Crystal Palace (2-0) that generates green shoots at Anfield.
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, R. Williams, Robertson (Jota, 92 ‘); Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum (Milner, 78 ‘); Salah, Firmino (Oxlade-Chamberlain, 92 ‘) and Mané.
Guaita; Ward, Tomkins (Schlupp, 58 ‘), Cahill, Mitchell; Kouyaté (Kelly, 89 ‘), McCarthy (Van Aanholt, 88’), Riedewald; Towsend, Ayew and Zaha.
1-0 M. 36 Mané. 2-0 M. 74 Mané.
Craig Pawson. TA: Alexander-Arnold (74 ‘), Milner (86’) / Ayew (74 ‘) and Riedewald (83’).
Anfield. 10,000 viewers.
It has been one of the most complicated courses in recent years, heavily weighed down by multiple injuries to key men. Still, the competitive gene that disappeared in sections of the course has returned before it was too late. Unbeaten in the last ten Premier matches and winning the last five, Klopp’s men end the season with the arrow up. Today, in addition, they gave joy to the 10,000 fans who entered an Anfield that once again had an audience.
Spurred on by the ‘You’ll never walk alone’ sung a cappella again after months of silence, Klopp’s team remembered that of yesteryear. He dominated from top to bottom a Palace that no longer had anything at stake beyond the economic for television rights. Towsend, with a center-kick in a foul and a counter that defined too crossed was the only one to scare Allison. The rest, everything was played in ‘eagle’ territory.
A free throw from Alexander-Arnold and a head of Williams gave way to salah occasions, who sought to finish the campaign as the Premier’s top scorer but fell one goal behind Kane -22 for 23. The Egyptian tried in every way, without success. Quite the opposite Mané.
The Senegalese has not lived an easy course although could put an end with a doublet. He opened the can before the break taking advantage of a loose ball in a corner kick and sentenced in the final stretch culminating a counterattack with a shot that deflected Cahill. Liverpool scored two but did merit to thrashing.
Much of the credit for the ‘red’ siege went to Thiago, the best of the match with the permission of the double-scorer Mané. The Spanish took the handle in the wide area and got tired of filtering balls, especially on the side of the long-awaited Salah. A hopeful end to the season of yours for the future.
Wijnaldum, who today served as captain, said goodbye amid chants of his own. The Dutchman will not renew and will go free to another destination after 237 matches as a ‘red’. A perfect ending for a Liverpool that threatens to return.