Though it was his near-namesake Antony who opened the scoring at The Metropolis Floor, it was Anthony Martial who put within the arduous yards to create the aim. Firstly chasing down Felipe to nick the ball from him, Martial’s effort compelled Keylor Navas to parry the ball into the trail of the Brazilian, who gratefully made it 1-0. It has been refreshing to see Martial shine following his return to first-team motion in latest weeks and his all-around efficiency towards Steve Cooper’s aspect confirmed his willingness to work arduous for the trigger.Everyone knows how a lot Erik admires the French and with sturdy back-to-back showings below his belt, let’s hope Tony can proceed to flourish for the Reds.
Beginning his first recreation for the Reds since 28 January, Christian Eriksen’s late inclusion into the crew got here as a shock, given Marcel Sabitzer was initially chosen – the Austrian needed to be withdrawn after he was injured in the course of the warm-up. Working in a deeper midfield position alongside Casemiro, the Dane’s imaginative and prescient and inventive spark have been extremely helpful weapons for Ten Hag’s males and we’ll be searching for them to be utilised once more over the following few weeks, as our busy schedule in Europe and domestically continues.