We started on the front foot and it worked a treat. Mauricio got his tactics and line up spot on. Harry Kane continues to write the headlines and Dele looked like his old self.
Here is 5 talking points from the game this afternoon:
1.Flexible tactics: Mauricio Pochettino had said during the week that his players had better get used to tactical changes like the ones he made against Madrid. And today he did the same (hand slightly forced as Dier wasn’t 100%)
He still went with 3 at the back but in came Aurier on the left hand side with Trippier on the right. Winks played deep as part of a diamond and Eriksen an Alli interchanged regularly with Son playing just off Kane. It worked a treat. Despite missing Lamela, Dembele, Wanyama, Dier (for a part) the squad coped. It’s been the difference this year for sure
2.Liverpool’s Disastrous Display:Not to take anything away from our lads, but the reds were shambolic Great going forward but brittle at the back,It’s been a running theme at Anfield for years now. Dejan Lovren cost them £20m a couple of years ago and Southampton will be rubbing their hands with glee after his horror show today. He made error after error, and Jürgen Klopp had seen enough after 30 mins and hooked the Croatian, re organising his team in the process. However it didn’t get any better and the reds had no answer. They say attack is the best form of defence but they weren’t much better at that either and the brick wall that is Sanchez, Alderweireld and Vertonghen were impregnable.
3.Dele’s mojo: Played a bit deeper today but got forward when he could and getting that goal boosted his confidence and he upped his tricks contribution too. The smile was back on his face and he like the proper ‘Dele’ today we know and love, and certainly looks like he’s got his mojo back.
4. The unstoppable Harry Kane: We are starting to run out of superlatives for Harry. His contribution was immense. A brace of goals and an assist, and his work rate was phenomenal, running the whole length of the pitch to help defend at one stage. His double brought him to a staggering 45 goals for the calendar year. He gets better every game and his goal scoring exploits mean only Lionel Messi has scored more but the Argentine has also played 10 more games than Kane.
5.Wembley starting to feel like home:We seem to have banished that Wembley “hoodoo” and today’s victory saw us break the Premier League attendance with 80,827 packed into the stadium and it did sound like home.It surpassed the previous record crowd of 76,098 that watched Manchester United beat Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford in March 2007 , ironically a match that also ended in a 4-1 win for the home side.
It was our fourth victory out of five home games at our temporary home and that so-called ‘hoodoo’ is certainly banished to the history books.
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