135 Touches, 100% Duels Won as Jurgen Klopp’s 5 ft 10 Star Revives His Liverpool Career vs Sparta Prague

Jurgen Klopp’s team delivered a commanding performance against their Czech Republic adversaries, securing passage to the Europa League quarter-finals.

At Anfield, Liverpool dominated Sparta Prague, securing a resounding 6-1 victory to complement their earlier 5-1 win in the Czech Republic, solidifying their place in the next round of the Europa League.

The match showcased Liverpool’s formidable attacking prowess, as they overwhelmed their opponents with relentless pressure and flair, capitalizing on defensive errors with clinical efficiency.

Despite holding a significant lead from the first leg, Jurgen Klopp opted for a strong starting lineup, a decision that paid off handsomely as his side produced an exhilarating display of football, with Mohamed Salah playing a pivotal role in the team’s success.

Mohamed Salah’s Game vs Sparta Prague in Numbers

Salah’s name appeared on the starting teamsheet for the first time in a Liverpool match since New Year’s Day. He had been dealing with a muscular issue since his time with Egypt at the African Cup of Nations in January but had recently made a couple of substitute appearances.

Before the match, Klopp had expressed confidence in the 31-year-old’s readiness to start. Salah certainly lived up to expectations, capitalizing on an error with remarkable sharpness.

Additionally, he provided three assists, bringing his seasonal tally to 20 goals and 13 assists across 31 matches for Liverpool this season, despite starting only 24 of those matches.

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Mohamed Salah: Stats vs Sparta Prague
Stat#
Minutes played90′
Goals1
Assists3
Touches77
Accurate passes53/63 (84%)
Key passes6
Possession lost17x
Dribble attempts0/2
Duels won0/3
Stats via Sofascore

Salah showcased trademark precision in crucial attacking moments, painting his evening with the vibrant hues befitting a forward of his caliber, despite a slight rustiness that hindered his success in duels and dribbles.

Nevertheless, such minor setbacks hold little significance. If this performance is deemed rusty, Liverpool’s upcoming adversaries have reason to tremble.

Salah shone brightly in another triumphant day for Klopp’s Liverpool team. Alongside scorers like Cody Gakpo (twice), Darwin Nunez, Bobby Clark, and Szoboszlai, left-back Andy Robertson’s exceptional performance upon his return from injury will undoubtedly leave him feeling particularly satisfied.

Andy Robertson’s Performance vs Sparta Prague

Robertson, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday, has faced a challenging season compared to many of his Liverpool teammates. He suffered a shoulder injury while on international duty in October, sidelining him for over three months.

Since his return in January, the Scotland captain has started six matches across all competitions. However, he has encountered criticism for lacking the composure and clarity that defined his successful Liverpool career.

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On a European night that demanded his full range of abilities, Robertson showcased his dynamism, seamlessly transitioning to central defense during the second half. Leading the Reds as captain, he remained on the pitch for the entire 90 minutes, commanding play with an impressive 135 touches.

His dominance in possession was evident, completing an outstanding 97% of his passes while only relinquishing possession six times. Additionally, he managed to deliver a crucial key pass.

Furthermore, standing at 5 feet 10 inches, Robertson demonstrated his defensive prowess by winning a contested duel and executing five clearances with finesse. Throughout his performance, he exuded a sense of polish and experience in fulfilling his duties on the field.

Despite his stellar performance, Robertson received a modest 7/10 match rating from Ian Doyle of the Liverpool Echo.

Doyle acknowledged Robertson’s adept handling of the dangerous Preciado and his role in enabling his teammates to create opportunities before halftime. However, Robertson’s exceptional technical abilities remain a valuable asset for the Liverpool team.

While Robertson may not possess the breakneck speed that has characterized Liverpool’s recent successes, he unequivocally proved his value to Klopp’s squad, particularly as they approach the crucial stages of the season.

Although Joe Gomez and Kostas Tsimikas offer talent on the left side of defense, Robertson’s resurgence after a prolonged absence indicates that he remains an integral part of the team’s plans moving forward.

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