Confidence thrives through youth
Last night, opportunities were given to youth players to see what they were made of and they didn't disappoint. Starts for Kaide Gordon, Conor Bradley, Caoimhin Kelleher and Tyler Morton coming on for a half, we were able to see that we have plenty of talent.
Talent can only get you so far though. To make it at top level you need determination and confidence. These young lads have bags of potential, but what was the most impressive thing they had was the determination and confidence. They weren't scared to get stuck in and have the ball. In fact, they looked more composed than some senior players.
Gordon and Bradley were in sync on the right side and were the main avenue of attack for the reds. Kelleher commanded his box as if he were 10 years older, even saving a penalty in the process. Morton impressed the most when coming on. Wanting the ball at every opportunity.
In the past, missing players such as Andy Robertson is very noticeable. Liverpool's scouts have worked wonders again. Klopp has phased Tsimikas into the Liverpool team.
This season he has been called up to cover Robertson on a couple of times and he has not let Klopp down. He has a very similar style to how Robbo plays. Overlapping runs, an engine to get back and brilliant delivery into the box. He's becoming a crowd favourite at Anfield.
When someone gets the their head down and puts in effort in like Tsimikas has, then the Liverpool fans are quick to warm to them. With Tsimikas being so reliable for Klopp, it will be easier to rest Robbo every now and then and still not lose what Robbo gives us.
Fabinho the only CDM
Klopp rested Fabinho last night and it was very clear to see. All three midfielders last night were attacking minded and don't really do the job of a Fabinho.
When the ball was played through the middle, transition and attacks were not as fluid as we are used to seeing. The midfield three are brilliant players, they just didn't work together as a three.
Like Tsimikas and Robbo at left back, we really need to be in the window for a backup CDM so Fabinho's absence isn't felt as much. The lack of a CDM last night also made it difficult for the three to really play their games.
They seemed to be unsure of where they were and who was sitting back. Luckily, it didn't affect the game and we got the win but it is something in the future I think we need to address.
Importance of Taki
Takumi Minamino has been a bit part player since joining Liverpool. With a long season ahead, chances to rest players like Salah, Jota and Mane will become inevitable.
With no one coming in this summer transfer window, Klopp has very limited backup options. To replace the numbers Salah, Jota and Mane give us is very difficult but I believe Taki is one player that can step up and add goals for this team.
Plenty of times, Liverpool have gone into games and rue missed chances. We want to be able to bring someone off the bench that can get a goal when we need it. The front three may have an off day in the same game and when goals aren't coming from other players we will be looking to the bench.
Taki, last night showed, when called upon he can put chances away. Hopefully, Klopp will use him more because he will become very important to us at some point this season.
Press play on point
Liverpool's press game is back to its best. Even with so many changes against Norwich last night, every single player pressed the Norwich team at every chance.
The youngsters were a very good example of what Klopp has instilled throughout the club. Gordan, on a few occasions won the ball back high up the pitch.
Against AC Milan and again last night, pressing from Liverpool made it near impossible for the opponents to get out of their own half.
Liverpool's press game sometimes creates just as many chances as they would attacking with the ball. If Liverpool have a press game like this in most games, it will give us a much better chance of coming away with wins.