Resurgent Reds run riot at Rubin as Klopp’s method start paying off
Being a Liverpool fan has been tough, especially in recent times thanks to the torment that we had to endure while under Brendan Rodgers. Luckily for us though, the memories of the last regime are almost out of our minds thanks to the fantastic run that our new boss has sent us on. We all knew that sacking Rodgers would have been a good call. Similarly, we also knew that hiring Jurgen Klopp would be a great decision as well. What we did not know however, was that the German boss would need so little time to have a positive effect on our team.
It’s been barely a month since the former Dortmund boss took over at the helm and already there seems a great difference between the Liverpool of now and the Liverpool under Rodgers. Our performances have greatly improved and in no game was this improvement felt more than in our away win at Rubin Kazan. Just to compare, the last time we won an away game in Europe was on the 6th of December, 2012 when we beat Udinese by one goal. It’s been a massive three years since we’ve achieved a feat that only seven or eight years ago was considered the norm.
Liverpool however, are no longer a club in retrograde and our dominating performance at Kazan is evidence enough. We may have scored just the one goal, but checking the other important stats will show you that we actually ran them over. Liverpool had 68% possession, 23 shots, 6 of which were on target. Our hosts had just seven shots, none of which troubled Simon Mignolet. We also had 7 corners, compared to their 3. So, as you may see, the only thing that we truly lacked, was goals.
The bookmakers were left shaking their heads after Liverpool came away with all 3 points. Some big betting sites such as Betfair had offered enhanced prices on Liverpool to win, obviously in the hope and expectation that they wouldn’t. The punters had the last laugh though and those enhanced odds must have really dented the sportsbook’s profits tonight.
Jordon Ibe’s amazing solo effort was the only tangible result that we had to show for our efforts but there could easily have been quite a few more. James Milner hitting the woodwork in the 6th minute of the game after some fine interplay between the Englishman, his countryman Clyne and Brazilian Roberto Firmino was arguably the finest exchange we’ve seen all season.
Coming to the quality of opposition, don’t you dare let your Toffee neighbour tell you that Kazan are a poor team. Anyway we all know how difficult it is to get a result from any continental away game, but this was not just any away game, it was a match that took place in hostile Russia. Forget about the local fans, the climate want a piece of you. More importantly though, what we need to appreciate is that this Kazan team had never lost at home to an English team before we beat them two days ago. Wigan, Chelsea and Tottenham have all gone to Kazan and come back defeated. Also, they had lost only once at home before we snatched victory this week.
All in all, our win in Russia is a pretty commendable feat and it gets even better when you consider the manner in which we did. This Liverpool team has me really excited and finally we Liverpool fans can actually look forward to the next game.