Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool suffered a slide after failing to register a victory in last two league fixtures.
First they were defeated by Bournemouth away from home followed by a 2-2 draw at Anfield against the Hammers. An away trip against newly promoted Middlesbrough was not easy for the Reds as they failed to manage a league win there since 2002 and their last meeting at Riverside ended in a 2-0 draw in favor of Boro that instigated a major setback in Liverpool’s title hopes during 2008-09 campaign, the exact season Middlesbrough featured for the last time in Premier League before getting relegated at the end of the campaign. However, the game proved to be a cakewalk for the Reds as they grabbed a 0-3 victory and rose up to the second spot of the league table (jointly with Arsenal) with six points below leaders Chelsea.
Klopp made a few changes from his West Ham squad: custodian Loris Karius was dropped after a couple of error-prone performances and replaced by Simon Mignolet. Joel Matip missed out the clash with a knock and Ragnar Klavan was handed a start alongside Dejan Lovren. It took almost half an hour to break the deadlock when Adam Lallana headed home from Nathaniel Clyne’s cross. Sadio Mane’s effort was denied by the woodwork a few minutes later. However, Boro created a few chances as well but were denied by Simon Mignolet who stood firm on his return during the first half.
The Reds were more fluid in second half with their pressing and passing and soon got their reward as Liverpool doubled the lead around 60th minute mark. Lallana squared it to Divock Origi who coolly slots past Victor Valdes to net his fifth goal in five successive outings. The duo combined again 8 minutes later; this time Lallana tapped in from Origi’s delivery to score his second of the match. Thus, the Reds got a much needed victory and will be rejuvenated once again before their mega clash against rivals Everton at Goodison Park.
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Lineups:
Middlesbrough: Victor Valdes, Antonio Barragan, Calum Chambers, Ben Gibson, Fabio, Adam Clayton, Marten De Roon, Adam Forshaw (Grant Leadbitter 56′), Alvaro Negredo (Jordan Rhodes 77′), Viktor Fischer ( Stewart Downing 56′), Adama Traore.
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum (Ovie Ejaria 87′), Adam Lallana (Lucas Leiva 82′), Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Divock Origi (Trent Alexander-Arnold 90+’).
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Highlights:
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Match Stats:
|Shots (On Target)||8(3)||15(4)|
|Fouls conceded (Bookings)||11(1)||14(0)|
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