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Premier League, look out: Liverpool’s reserves, plus Sadio Mane, thrash sorry Everton in inspired fashion

Premier League, look out: Liverpool’s reserves, plus Sadio Mane, thrash sorry Everton in inspired fashion

In the 15th minute of the Merseyside derby, which Liverpool eventually won 5-2, Reds defender Dejan Lovren played a pass back to Adrian, then dashed out to the right-back position as Richarlison closed the Liverpool goalkeeper down. Adrian assessed his options, looked left and right and chose to return the ball to Lovren by chipping it over Richarlison with the outside of his right foot. It spun perfectly to Lovren’s foot and allowed him to launch an attack. For most, it would have been a little early for showboating, but not this Liverpool team.nike nfl jerseys for cheap

About 20 minutes later, Lovren picked up the ball a little farther upfield, looked up and pinged a millimetre-perfect pass over the top of the Everton defence into Divock Origi’s path, with the unlikely hero of last season’s Champions League win leaping to bring it down at about hip height before casually lobbing a helpless Jordan Pickford to make the score 3-1. Imagine those two players combining like that in any other team.1

At times this season, which now has reached its 15th game with Liverpool only dropping two points, the Premier League leaders frankly haven’t played that well. Some performances have been stodgy and uninspired, they’ve sailed extremely close to the wind with late goals and they’ve enjoyed slices of luck. None of this applied to Wednesday night’s win. They were inspired, playing with a swagger and a devastating brio that we all knew they were capable of, but hadn’t seen in a while. It was as if in previous weeks, it hadn’t quite occurred to them they were European Champions and eight points clear at the top of the Premier League in December, only for someone to let them know before stepping out to face Everton. This was the reaction, and result, we’ve been waiting for.cheap nike nfl jerseys china

Oh, and all of this was accomplished with half a second-string team. Of their first-choice XI, Alisson was suspended following his handball outside the box against Brighton, Joel Matip and Fabinho are injured, while Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah were all rested. In order, that’s one of the top three or four goalkeepers in the world (No. 1, according to the 2019 FC 100); probably the most improved central defender in the Premier League; the midfield glue that has held the team together for a year; the team captain; the man most regular observers will tell you facilitates all their attacks; and their top-scorer for the past two seasons.