Liverpool made one error and wobbled after building a dominating lead at Benfica. Jurgen Klopp’s players, on the other hand, are the most tenacious.
Adel Taarabt’s decision-making and execution under duress soon after the half-hour mark had a comfortable regularity.
By the time Taarabt got a pressure-relieving pass on the edge of the center circle, the visitors had already gained a lead they didn’t appear likely to surrender.
Taarabt decided there was no better time to break into some intricate one-touch play. He cushioned the first-time ball directly between his two closest teammates and into Ibrahima Konate’s path.
He then held his begged hands outstretched, as if to ask why no one could teleport 10 yards in time to retain possession.
After only six touches and eight seconds, Liverpool increased their lead. It came as a great shock to practically nobody. Liverpool retaliated viciously and ludicrously for their blunder.
Liverpool continue their winning streak
It’s astonishing that the Merseyside club have only made two first-team acquisitions this season, and both Kanote and Diaz have fit in so well.
The team’s long-term viability is also under question. That is what distinguishes them from the majority of their mates.
Others are capable of playing at a similar level to Liverpool, but no team can punish an innocuous mistake as quickly as Mane’s goal. Nor can they be as consistently dangerous.
Klopp’s team, on the other hand, can weather a storm, emerge undamaged, and still have time to have the final say. When the rest of the team is on the verge of collapsing, they manage to keep going.
It’s a great party trick, especially when the only way to make history is to clear these last hurdles, no matter how convincingly.