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MetiNews.Com - In this week's View From the Kop, Liverpool fan Jimmy Pilnick gives us his views on Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita, the Champions League and much more
Breaking News ! Everton have won at Anfield. What did you make of the game, and does it make it any easier that no fans were there to witness it? Saturday was THE low point of this season and nothing hurts like a derby defeat. No complaints from me about the result even though I thought the penalty was the latest in a long line of absolute joke decisions. Carlo Ancelotti’s teams are a tough nut to crack and we can’t score at Anfield, so gifting them an early goal was the worst thing we could have done. Lack of fans isn’t good in any way, shape or form, even if it meant being able to switch the telly off at full time instead of having to listen to 3000 jubilant Evertonians! Read More Related Articles Liverpool set for 'new signing' boost next season after major decision Read More Related Articles Jamie Carragher won't apologise for Liverpool comments but tells Jurgen Klopp what he can change To be honest, I tried to blot it straight out by binge-watching Breaking Bad for the rest of the weekend. If Liverpool 2018-2020 was Walter White ruthlessly amassing his fortune and bulldozing everything in his path, 2021 feels like that final scene where he’s lying on the floor awaiting his fate with his empire in tatters. How worried are you in the wider context of things? Do the Reds have a big job on their hands to make the top four? Top-four isn’t a lost cause but it’s hard to see how we get out of this slump without key players returning, and hopefully, in the short term that means Fabinho and Diogo Jota. Injuries and questionable officiating (that’s being kind!) have decimated us. But four straight home defeats, four straight league defeats, no goal from open play at Anfield for two months and nine points from 11 league games are all damming stats for any Liverpool team in any era no matter what the context. The first leg of the RB Leipzig tie was, at least, a good performance. Can the Champions League save Liverpool's season? It has done before and it can do again. The players looked liberated in Budapest last week. Whether we’ve got enough to beat the very best sides is questionable at present but there’s something about the European Cup that brings the best out of Liverpool even in times of adversity. Listen to the latest podcast from Blood Red by clicking HERE First thing’s first, let’s put this tie to bed, not a certainty by any means given our current Anfield form. That’s if it even takes place in L4 which isn’t a given at the moment. What have you made of the early showings from new arrival Ozan Kabak? It’s been a baptism of fire for him and he’s been directly involved in some key moments. But he’s a 20-year-old kid who’s been brought in in the most exceptional of circumstances. I expect him and Nat Phillips to start on Sunday. Let’s give them a go and make the rest of the side as strong as it can be. Roberto Firmino has come in for a little bit of criticism of late for his performances and lack of goals. Is that fair, and what should Liverpool do with him come the summer? He’s shown flashes of his brilliance this season but looks burned out to me. It’s unthinkable that we haven’t scored a goal from open play at Anfield this year with this front three but that’s where we are. Must-read Liverpool FC news Academy coach leaves club Ferguson claim made about Gerrard Erling Haaland transfer hint Physio responds to criticism We need Jota back ASAP to freshen things up. Long-term, Roberto Firmino’s place looks the most under threat from the former Wolves man. And what about Naby Keita? We seem to say it every time he is close to coming back, but when he plays, Liverpool do seem better - for as long as he stays fit...
. And given he’s been here for nearly three years, it’s hard to see how that changes. But we could badly do with his ability to pick the ball up and drive forward at the moment. Let’s hope he can get a decent run of games under his belt. Any other business? The last time I wrote this column was after we played Wolves in December. Things looked rosy. We seemed to have got over the loss of Van Dijk and were serious contenders again. Not long after we went into Christmas top after a 7-0 away win.
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What’s happened since then has been a big shock to the system. From title favourites to top-four outsiders in less than two months; the mentality monsters now reeling from every setback. But one of the most iconic images of the Jurgen Klopp era is Mohamed Salah wearing THAT T-shirt before the Barca second leg - we expect Jurgen and the players to fight on so we can’t throw in the towel as fans. Let’s not lose sight of what this magnificent manager and the team have done for us and the hand they’ve been dealt this season. Three points against Sheff United is a must. Gini Wijnaldum’s winner at Bramall Lane was one of last season’s luckier moments. We could do with a slice of that good fortune at the moment! Up the “still-mathematically-champions” Reds.
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