“The last game he wasn’t available, now we will see for tomorrow”.
But, as the clock ticked down, Sturridge had the final say – bending a lovely strike into the top corner from 30 yards.
That drama finale set the stage for Saturday’s rematch at the Bridge, where Liverpool will put their six-match winning run in the league on the line against unbeaten Chelsea, who are two points behind in third place.
Yes [I can spend the rest of my career at Chelsea] for sure, but also the possibility is that I can leave also. “But I think also we are more close than I thought one week ago”. Perhaps the outcome of the game will have been different if he did, the Dutchman is arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League right now.
“Hazard has got this energy about him at the moment, a zip, that confidence”.
Hazard’s victor at Anfield this week was a goal that will not quickly be forgotten, but his strike on Saturday deserves nearly as many plaudits given the team move that preceded it. He was taken off for Shaqiri with 24 minutes left.
The striker didn’t take long to make an impact as he scored his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool with a stunning strike from the outside of the box – his first in four years.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Molby said of Fabinho: “The defensive midfielder hasn’t featured so far in the Premier League with Klopp keen to get him used to how his team to play and I went through something similar myself”.
Liverpool’s front three, who terrorised defences last season, had looked uncharacteristically out of sorts before Sturridge was introduced as an 86th-minute substitute.
Marcus Rashford came off the bench to briefly give United hope by pulling a goal back, but just three minutes later Marko Arnautovic exposed more poor United defending to seal West Ham’s first home league win of the season.
But in a league featuring several weak teams that will be beaten convincingly by the pace-setters, Sarri and Co. know that they can blow the lesser sides away at the same time as being competitive against City and Liverpool.