Liverpool enjoyed a brilliant win over Southampton to ensure we went into the World Cup on a firm footing and a decent position from which to build after Christmas, two Reds inside the game were selected in the Premier League team of the week. League. .
Writing for BBC Sport, Garth Crooks selected Andy Robertson first, saying: ‘This lad has been beside himself for a while, for some reason, he certainly hasn’t been himself.
“Against a Southampton side that seemed to respond to the arrival of new boss Nathan Jones, Andy Robertson seemed to have regained his confidence. When Robertson is on his game, there’s no better left back in the country.
‘He produced two excellent assists, the first for Roberto Firmino and the second for Darwin Núñez. With Scotland out of the World Cup, I’m not entirely sure Robertson will like playing with his thumbs for a month after he’s got his form back.’
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For our left-back, he has been a pillar of Jurgen Klopp’s side for many years and, despite a run of poor results and constant pressure from Kostas Tsimikas to take his place, there has never been much doubt surrounding his selection in the side.
It seems harsh to say he’s been “out of it” as the Scot has seven assists in 16 games this season and poor performances on the pitch have rarely been attributed to his individual performances.
Regardless of all this, though, his performance against the Saints was admirable and once again proved why the boss is right to keep giving him the starting role in our biggest games.
His second choice was Darwin Núñez: ‘Young Darwin Núñez is starting to find his rhythm at Anfield and as a result the goals are starting to come naturally as he doesn’t seem to be trying as hard to impress anymore.
‘The 23-year-old Uruguayan international undoubtedly has all the makings to become a top-class striker and could one day even fill the role left by Sadio Mané, although that is a big question.
‘Southampton had a chance but didn’t have the class or the firepower to really upset the former European champions. Nunez, on the other hand, desperately wants to get to the bottom of things, which is a nightmare for any defence.’
It’s great to see that the Uruguayan is finally getting the respect he deserves from the wider media, after clearly winning the hearts of all Kopites with his tirelessly impressive performances.
He acts like a battering ram against the opposition and is never afraid to run from behind or plant a defender and try to beat them with his pace and skill.
It seemed like we really wanted to play our No. 27 in the middle this campaign, but he has performed well on the left in recent games as we try to close the gap on the injured Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz.
Let’s hope his form and confidence continue after the World Cup and that we see the former Benfica man continue to thrive at Anfield.
The two men sitting next to each other in the locker room had a great week on the pitch and let’s hope we see this again at the end of December.
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