GUEST ARTICLE: ANFIELD LIGHTS UP AGAIN
Written by Misheals
It’s a passage of play as Liverpool seek to transition from defence to attack; Virgil Van Dijk hits a long diagonal to the right, Harvey Elliott brings it down expertly on his chest, casually squares it to the infield running Alexander-Arnold (who is getting quickly closed down by the ferocious looking Tarkowski), he takes a deft touch, to put it in hectares of space for Mane who absolutely drills it low and hard past the flailing hands and legs of Nick Pope in the Burnley post.
Anfield erupts in raptorous cheers once again. How the ardent Liverpool fans have missed such a narrative. Seems like eons since someone flung it long and wide like Virgil does. That switch immediately creates panick and chaos in the opposition backline, something Liverpool enjoys with so much glee (‘the organized chaos’ like Pep Ljinders refers to it).
Since that horrendous tackle by the Everton goalie in the Merseyside derby, Liverpool have been starved of the big man’s ability to turn frantic defending into devastating attack. With just a swing of his boot, the attack is on. The Reds were treated to this wonderful offering once again though, as the gates were opened after the pandemic enforced closure of the past five hundred days or so.
Burnley were in town, feeling boisterous, especially having fresh in their minds, the fact that they were the club that started the 6 game losing streak in some of the darkest days experienced at Anfield last season. However, this time around, there was the famous and notorious supporting casts on the L4, and the Kop were at their unforgiving best, drowning every iota of brilliance the Clarets tried to express, and cheering every touch the men in red had.
It’s the most hostile experience any team can face, add that to the return of all the crocked components of the Liverpool team and the hostility made for a torrid time for the Sean Dyche led team. All in all, it’s two wins from two for the Reds, top of the table again and the happy days are back for all Liverpool fans across the globe.