Markovic gave perhaps his finest performance since arriving at the club from Benfica in the summer as he landed the decisive blow duringerpool defender Dejan Lovren is adamant they’ll be stronger next season.Lovren is adamant they’ll build on another impressive campaign – which could end with them as European champions.”When you look back on the last three years, it was every season the 1-0 Barclays Premier League win over the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light.
The Serbian tormented his opopnents with a series of slaloming surges and hit the only goal of the game before rattling Costel Pantilimon’s crossbar with a stunning, dipping volley from the edge of the penalty area.
Lucas was thrilled with the vibrant showing from his teammate, who now has two Liverpool goals to his name, and the Brazilian is backing Markovic to go from strength to strength in the second half of the season.
“There’s no doubt he’s a very young player and people usually judge players after one or two months,” Lucas toldLiverpoolfc.com.
“We know that the Premier League is a hard league to come and play in straight away, so he’s just imprBalthazaroving all the time and today he showed again that he could be very importafter victory over Villarreal.Barca first travelled to Japan before heading off to the United States over the summer.”The pre-season hasn’t helped us,” Pique said after the win over Villarreal.”There were a lot of trips. But we’re Barcelona and have nnt for tManchester United Treble winner Wes Brown is impressed by the club’s defensive options.Brown has hailed the club’s defenders, who have helped the Red Devils keep nine clean sheets in their last 11 matches.“It has just started to click because they have been given time. Lindelof and Maguire have been brilliant,” he told Goal. “It has taken time but that was always going to be the case and I think they have done well.“[Aaron] Wan-Bissaka is doing exactly what I thought he would do, he is a great defender and he’s improving all the time with his attacking skills.“And then there’s [Luke] Shaw and [Brandon] Williams who have good competition between each other which is pushing them both on.“You’ve got [Eric] Bailly coming back now. He was brilliant against Chelsea and has had another couple of good performances so it will be interesting to see whether the manager gives him time to see what he would be like with Maguire.”Having more players coming back is going to give some healthy competition at the back and I’m sure there’s going to be time to see different partnerships in the future.”he future of the club.”
Coutinho, meanwhile, who scooped the Standard Chartered Player of the Month accolade this week, was his usual diligent self, prowling in search of openings and supplying passes with deft touches throughout the 90 minutes.
The Brazilian has already spent two years showcasing his talents at Anfield, having arrived at the club from Inter Milan in January 2013, but Lucas insists the No.10 can still improve further and attain even higher standards.
“I think Coutinho can get anywhere he wants,” said the defensive midfielder. “His quality and his movement and his final pass. Philippe has been here for two years now and you can see he will only get better.
“They are young players. When you have difficult moments during the season, normally the young players struggle a bit more. But they have the quality and I think they will be very important.”
While Lucas was keen to praise the work of others, the 28-year-old also played his part against Sunderland, shielding the Reds’ back four, reading the flow of the game to make interceptions and stifle the opposition.
In the 13 games since Lucas returned to the team against Ludogorets Razgrad in late November, Liverpool have lost just one match – and that was against Manchester United at Old Trafford, when the No.21 was not involved.
He has started in every other match during that time and has not been on the losing side – a statistic that Lucas is determined to preserve throughout the remainder of the current campaign.
“It’s good to win away from home and keep a clean sheet at a difficult place to come to,” he said of the win over Sunderland. “But we had a plan to win the game and we probably could have scored more goals.
“I think we had the patience to move the ball very well. We knew that Sunderland play very compact and that they are always very hard to break down. But I think we were very dangerous on the counter-attack and we were pressing the ball very well. So I think we deserved it.”
He added: “I thought for the first 10 minutes of the second half that we were probably too deep again. They had a chance, which hit the crossbar, but apart from that, I think we controlled the game and it was a well-deserved win.”