It comes from hitting, daring to be different, and taking a punt that no one sees coming, let alone yourself, because you vowed to keep trying before the temptation set in.
And so, while there is absolutely no doubt that it was the details of Liverpool’s methodical approach to scouting, transfers, contracts and analysis that have taken the club as far as they have gone to the over the past few years, winning everything that matters to them. and playing some remarkable football along the way, there has never been a clearer case for a little zig when everyone expects a zag.
Roberto Firmino’s first Premier League start to the Premier League on Saturday means this is now the fifth campaign in which he has formed the now famous batting line with Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
This is probably not what Liverpool had expected when the three first met, most exciting in the second half of the 2017-18 season following the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
The emergence of Diogo Jota means it is no longer a given that the three – who will all turn 30 in the next 10 months – will start every game together, and Firmino’s early injury to Chelsea meant that start was not not very a substantial one.
Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that the Brazilian will undergo an analysis of the hamstring problem that forced him to leave for Anfield, adding that he did not expect his injury to be particularly damaging. A convenient shot to miss the international break, you might say.
But however long Firmino’s absence – two weeks, four weeks, two months – the idea that the Reds need to sign another striker is very real. It was there before the injury, before the game and certainly during this one as they failed to break a Chelsea side who defended superbly.
Not having found the breakthrough in this opening period of the second half where the pressure on Edouard Mendy’s goal was relentless, Liverpool went astray and was guilty of attempting the same thing too many times, Jota looking a little crowded in the Land of Giants in Blue.
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The Portuguese are a fantastic striker and must be considered the best deal the Reds have done since the summer of Alisson and Fabinho, but he looks destined to be a player who makes a difference in games against the last 12 or 14. . teams in the league, when his movement and his goal threat prove to be too much for them.
Chelsea could handle it, but it wasn’t really their fault. They could handle anyone in this form.
The problem was more that Liverpool didn’t seem to have a Plan B, or some other type of striker they could turn to from the bench. Thoughts even turned to Divock Origi for one of his featured cameos, but the Belgian wasn’t even on the day’s squad.
His continued presence at Liverpool has to be questioned if he wasn’t even considered good enough to be an option on a night he could have been useful, with Jota, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Takumi Minamino and Naby Keita on the Attack minded players in reserve.
It was a surprise even that Klopp didn’t turn to one of the latter trio in search of something different, as Keita’s agent took to Twitter to criticize his client’s non-selection. .
Harvey Elliott was rightly praised for his performance during the match, with Gary Neville also singling him out for his praise on what was likely his first real outing to a prime-time football audience.
But leaving the 18-year-old in place for 90 minutes, especially when his desire to cut inside on his Salah-like left foot was handled well by Chelsea, was a bit confusing.
Neville’s analysis focused on the fact that Trent Alexander-Arnold was also posted tightly and not bursting down the flank, but the right-back would have been helped if he had had another type of exit on that. flank with him, something Oxlade-Chamberlain or Minamino could have done, even Jordan Henderson if he had passed to the right side.
More relevant though, the Reds seemed to run out of a high-level attacking option they could have turned to in an attempt to bring down the Blue Wall. All other Premier League title contenders have those options, despite Manchester City’s recent transfer hiccups.
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Liverpool’s famous transfer committee and talented sporting director Michael Edwards will have a roster of attackers they are interested in locked away somewhere in a Kirkby drawer, and unless a player high on that roster becomes available for a fee than the club considers fair, so they won’t budge.
That didn’t happen at all during this transfer window, so there weren’t any high profile attacks at Anfield.
But in the final window days, and in light of Firmino’s injury and Chelsea’s frustration, could Liverpool be a little daring? Could they make a move that they maybe aren’t 100% sure will work the way they want, but at least flesh out the team with a much needed option?
This might turn out to be where the joy is, but it could also be the difference between regret and joy in May.