There’s a trend amongst many fans to complain and if I’m being honest I fall in that category.
Let’s not overlook how excruciatingly painful it can be to watch Liverpool or to support any football team for that matter but I think we could all do with trying to look at things in a more positive manner.
The biggest positive from this season so far has of course been Mo Salah. I’m currently in Cairo and well nothing quite gets the conversation flowing like mentioning I’m a Liverpool supporter. Nothing brings a smile to an Egyptian’s face like those two magic words. Mohamed Salah.
He’s a national hero and we’ll do well to keep hold of him if we don’t win any major silverware soon but while he’s a red I just want to enjoy the fact he’s one of ours.
His best Liverpool goal to date? It’s difficult to say really but I’m sure we all have our favourites and there is rarely a mediocre goal in there. His goal against Everton at Anfield, chipping Ederson to make it 4-1 against City, the wonder goal against Spurs last week.
Even yesterday’s goal against Southampton was special, although more for Firmino’s delightful back-heel through pass.
My favourite though has to be the one against Bournemouth away. The left back knows what Salah is going to do, most of the Bournemouth defence know what he’s going to do. But there’s absolutely nothing they can do other than watch. My singing of his song at home during games has even had the effect of having the missus sing it inadvertently.
Looking at our most recent fixtures, one of the other positives I’m taking away is that Loris Karius appears to have become far more solid than his cameos in previous seasons.
Against Spurs he saved from Son in a one on one situation and of course made the brave decision to stand still for Kane’s first penalty. Against Southampton he made some vital saves at 1-0 and was generally quite solid which may require me to eat humble pie if he keeps this form up.
His performance was capped with a deserved clean sheet and it will also be a relief for Virgil Van Dijk too who recorded his first clean sheet in a Liverpool shirt. He certainly looks like the real deal; calm, composed, vocal and very much a leader. Certainly captain material if you ask me.
I’m going to allow myself a little moan now though and point out some of the issues from yesterday’s game. The main one is our lack of killer instinct. Against a better team we really would have been in trouble, wasting chances and leaving ourselves far too exposed at the back.
Much of the profligacy in front of goal though can in part be put down to Sadio Mané’s awful run of form. It’s baffling why he has suffered such a startling loss of confidence and it couldn’t have come at a worse time after losing Coutinho to Barcelona a month ago.
We can only hope he’ll snap out of it soon with Champions League football around the corner and the race for top four hotting-up.
On that subject and having watched Spurs play Man Utd, then us and then Arsenal I’d have to say they look most likely to consolidate their position in the top four. Even though in a couple of hours Chelsea could knock them down to 5th spot.
Although I was extremely bitter with the officiating in last week’s game and the fact that Spurs have ridden their luck somewhat with refereeing decisions they outplayed us and before us Man Utd and also Arsenal on Saturday.
Mourinho, Wenger and Klopp all lost the midfield battle and that is where the game is often won or lost yet three of the highest paid managers in world football were unable to match Spurs’ game plan of squeezing the game. That weakness in midfield was almost exposed on a number of occasions in the first half against Southampton too.
I wonder what Gini Wijnaldum does sometimes. Some games he looks like a world beater and some games it looks like we’re playing with ten men. The likely departure of Emre Can will weaken us but hopefully the arrival of Naby Keita will give us some extra bite in the middle.
I still think we need another addition in that position, someone like Xabi Alonso but players like that don’t really grow on trees.
And there it is again. I start writing something positive and slip into dissecting the issues we have. I think it’s partly to do with the fact that we’re so close to challenging Man City and its frustrating to see such relatively minor issues preventing it.
During the summer I was accused of being a moaner by a fellow Liverpool supporter and well maybe he’s right but I don’t think any of the issues I bring up are wrong (well obviously I’d think that).
We’re in third, two points behind Man Utd and playing in the Champions League on Wednesday. We’ve got maybe the most exciting player in the Premier League and a Brazilian that likes doing Kung-Fu kicks when he or a team mate scores. I promise by the end of the season I’ll try and write a column that is all positive. Hopefully the boys will help with that!