Five key points from Liverpool 3-0 Manchester City, including Firmino analysis

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Jon Flanagan MUST start ahead of Alberto Moreno from now on, but leaving him out of the Europa League squad was a mistake…

Flanagan was exceptional last night and shored up our defence having been brought in for the reckless Moreno. While the Spaniard bursts forward and is always caught out of position, Flanagan was assured, sensible and tackled very, very hard. His passion set the tone for his team-mates actually, but with Klopp leaving him out of the Europa League squad, he now cannot play our most important fixtures from now until the end of the season.

Getting rid of Raheem Sterling and signing Roberto Firmino for a £20m profit was great business…

£29m Firmino, after a slow, stuttering start to English football has seven goals and seven assists in the Premier League. £49m Sterling, with Aguero and Silva alongside him, has five and two this term. Last night, the gulf was clear. Firmino, capable of playing anywhere in attacking midfield or as a false-9 was a creative menace at all times, registering a goal and an assist, while his rival was hauled off after 45 minutes. Long may it continue.

Adam Lallana is a hugely talented yet unbelievably frustrating enigma…

Those who declare Lallana ‘rubbish’ don’t understand football. His ability on the ball, his technical skill and vision is truly brilliant – and last night he was the best player on the pitch. He provided the linkup play and creativity of David Silva with the work-rate of James Milner. What’s not to love?! Sadly – we’ve seen it far too inconsistently since his £25m arrival. If Lallana is to save his Liverpool career, with multiple attacking additions expected in the summer, he needs to play like he did last night until the end of the season. He’s set the bar, now he needs to maintain it.

James Milner’s impressive 2016 form has gone under the radar…

It’s almost fashionable to slate Milner, the workhorse with limited creative ability, but his form over the past month suggests this maybe isn’t true. Four goals and three assists in his past ten games – excellent stats for a midfielder charged with as much defensive duties as he is offensive ones. Against City, he battled ferociously but also provided quality in the final third. More performances such as last night’s will win over his doubters.


If Liverpool find some consistency, EVERYTHING is still to play for…

That win put us six points off fourth placed City, who are prioritising the Champions League and know their manager is leaving at the end of the season. We needn’t be scared of West Ham and Stoke, while United have the potential to lose every game they enter. We’ve simply been unable to string wins together this season, with great performances such as last night’s so often followed by a meek, tame follow-up. But rest assured, if Liverpool beat Crystal Palace on Sunday we’ve the capability to go on a run. On paper, our run-in is easy.


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