Despite deficit and red: Liverpool wins in Endo debut

Despite deficit and red: Liverpool wins in Endo debut

Almost exactly a year after Liverpool broke the Premier League record for the highest win by beating Bournemouth 9-0, the Reds welcomed the visitors from England’s south coast back to Anfield. Jürgen Klopp started with the same eleven as in the 1-1 draw at Chelsea. New signing Endo, signed by VfB Stuttgart during the week, was initially on the bench.

The outsider, who started the season 1-1 against West Ham, started bravely – and even took the lead thanks to a lack of concentration on the part of Alexander-Arnold. The right-back, who had just been lucky that a misunderstanding with Alisson had not led to 0: 1, missed the ball in front of his own penalty area. Ex-Liverpool player Solanke did not finish in the penalty area, but Semenyo did chased the ball into the net to lead the guests early (3rd).

Van Dijk almost provided the quick answer, but his header after a corner from Robertson sailed to the crossbar (7th). Liverpool got better and better going in attack, but remained vulnerable to counterattacks themselves, at least in the early stages. Luis Diaz equalized in an acrobatic manner when he put the ball up himself after a pass from Diogo Jota and then completed it with a side kick (28′).

A somewhat harsh penalty ensured that Liverpool turned the game around before the break. Szobozslai happily accepted Rothwell’s undoubted contact at the corner of the box and went down theatrically. The referee pointed to the point, the guests protested in vain. Neto parried Salah’s powerful penalty with one hand, but he was powerless against the Egyptian’s follow-up shot (36′).

After the break, Liverpool had everything under control. The strong attacking trio created a lot of fuss, only the finish was still lacking in precision. Even after world champion Mac Allister was sent off, who attacked Christie in midfield with an open sole (58th), the Reds stayed on top and made the decision through Diogo Jota. After compatriot Neto was unable to hold the ball after a Szoboszlai shot, the Portuguese scored (62′).

As a result, the LFC, in which Endo made his debut in the 63rd minute, lost none of his dominance. Even though Alisson had to save against substitutes Kluivert (85′) and Traoré (90’+4′), the hosts’ first win of the season was no longer in danger.

When visiting Newcastle next Sunday (5.30 p.m.), Klopp will have to do without the suspended Mac Allister in the already sparsely manned center field. It’s quite possible that Endo will be in the starting XI.


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