Jurgen Klopp expressed relief after Liverpool won their first Premier League game of 2023, a 2-0 derby win over Everton on Monday.
Liverpool win their first league game of 2023 😅 pic.twitter.com/P8sEu8LIdG— GOAL (@goal) February 13, 2023
Mohamed Salah scored for the first time in the tournament since Boxing Day, and January signing Cody Gakpo scored his first goal for the club in the Anfield victory.
The win gives a well-needed reprieve to the former champions ahead of their massive champions league game against Real Madrid next week Thursday.
Domestically, it also pushes them up the premiership table as they skip Chelsea for ninth place on 32 points with a game in hand.
Mo in the Merseyside derby 👑— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2023
Enjoy a boss angle of an exquisite counter-attack in #LIVEVE 😍 pic.twitter.com/4rXPZ4crTH
They will have a chance to climb further up the standings when they face Newcastle on Thursday. This season has been quite the come down for a Liverpool team that challenged for an unprecedented quadruple last year.
From back to front in a flash ⚡— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 14, 2023
A memorable first Reds goal for Cody Gakpo ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Qr81i8soE8
There have, however, been mitigating circumstances, with Klopp having to cope with injuries to key players, while also learning to live without forward Sadio Mane, who left for Bayern Munich last summer.
UP THE REDS ✊ pic.twitter.com/W6REYXUYdQ— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 13, 2023
Still, the team’s erratic form has been hard for fans to take, with the Champions League their only realistic hope of a trophy this season.