Jose Enrique and Adam Lallana among positives for Liverpool
Jose Enrique and Adam Lallana impressed as Liverpool edged a thrilling League Cup clash, writes Reds blogger We Go Again
Liverpool came into the game on Tuesday night knowing that they had to start to find some sort of form again.
Brendan Rodgers’s men just about achieved that with a 14-13 win on penalties against Middlesbrough.
Although it was another fairly poor performance, there were a few positives for Liverpool to take from the display.
The first one has to be our youth products at the moment. Jordan Rossiter and Jordan Williams both did really well against a decent Boro midfield and they were very good on the ball.
In fact, they did not look like youngsters at all, and that is the biggest compliment I can pay to the two Liverpool debutants.
Look at Rossiter’s goal. Most young players would have tried to smash that but he did not. Instead, he just rolled the ball into the net with ease.
His passing was quality as well, and he had a very good touch. He is certainly somebody for the future and if he continues to improve then Liverpool have a very special talent on their hands once again.
Jose Enrique, who has barely played a minute of first-team football for nearly a year, looked very solid at the back.
The Spaniard full-back did his job well in defence and barely let the winger get away from him. The fact he also came through the whole 120-minute affair tells you something about his fitness as well.
A real bonus for Liverpool because our recent displays have relied on Alberto Moreno bombing forward, and if anything were to happen to him, we know Enrique is more than capable.
Another positive was Adam Lallana, who finally started showing the crowd what he is capable of.
He was finding great pockets of space in the midfield and was constantly looking to create a chance or take on his attacker. It was a terrific display from the £25m man.
With the derby at the weekend as well, I would certainly expect Lallana to feature now he looks like he is at full fitness.
Of course, we can be encouraged by Javi Manquillo again who did well during the game, something we have all come to expect from the Spaniard now.
Despite his age, we have all set very high expectations for him because of his recent displays.
My final positive is Suso. Coming off the bench for Lazar Markovic, he looked very very good. The Spaniard showed his manager exactly what he is capable of and perhaps now he can have a run at the first-team.
Despite there apparently being a contract agreement in place with AC Milan, I think Suso still wants to be at Anfield. He wants to be a part of this great attack we have, and the 20-year-old showed that he can contribute to that with his goal.
Overall the performance was not that great but these positives leave me optimistic going into this weekend’s derby against Everton.
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