It was a bit of a shock to see Liverpool line up with both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho on the bench on Saturday. The Brazilian duo, along with the injured Sadio Mane, have been instrumental this season in providing a substantial portion of Liverpool’s league-leading offensive firepower.
And when Liverpool then went on to not score a goal in the first half, it was less shocking. Liverpool fans worldwide then breathed a sigh of relief to see the pair come on for the second half. Naturally, they delivered. Georginio Wijnaldum took notice as well.
“[They were] really good goals, especially the second from Roberto. The way he made the goal was quality, pure quality!” Wijnaldum told the club’s official website.
“I don’t think it was only because of the substitutions, but of course Phil and Roberto made a big difference. They scored the goals and they helped the team to win the game.
“It is normal people will say it’s because of the substitutions but I think it’s also because the whole team worked hard to get a win.
“It’s a really big win, and also because we dropped points on Wednesday against Bournemouth. We wanted to do better in the next game and it was a good game.”
So, it wasn’t because of the substitutions, but totally because of the substitutions. Got it.
Thankfully (especially with the current injury fiasco) this was the last time Liverpool had to deal with multiple games in a week. From here on in all six remaining games happen once a week. Hopefully we’ll see much more pure quality from the Brazilians, and less running-out-the-kids-and-playing-from-behind.