Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge claims defender Mamadou Sakho and midfielder Lucas have rediscovered their form under new manager Jurgen Klopp. The German boss replaced Brendan Rodgers after the latter was shown the exit door in October.
The Merseyside club sealed their first league win under Klopp as they came from behind to beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge. Philippe Coutinho's brace followed by a late goal from Christian Benteke saw the Reds walk away with three points.
Lucas was lucky not to receive a second yellow card during the game and after the match the former Borussia Dortmund manager admitted his side were lucky to seal a win over the Premier League champions. Aldridge pinpointed Sakho's partnership with Martin Skrtel against Chelsea, which saw the duo neutrtalsie the threat posed by Diego Costa.
"I was made up, for example, with the way Mamadou Sakho and Martin Skrtel completely nullified the threat of Diego Costa. Sakho has really stepped up to the plate since Jurgen Klopp's arrival. He looks like the defender we thought we were buying in 2013, and he's emerged as a real leader on the field," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"Lucas, too, is in great form. He had a bit of luck with the cards and all that, but he was brilliant. And when we turned to the bench in the second half, both Christian Benteke and Jordon Ibe were there to come on and make a big difference."
"I was pleased with the way Klopp, after the game, kept things in check. No grandstanding, just 'we can get better.' We can. And we will, I reckon."
Aldridge had criticsied Coutinho for his poor since the start of the season prior to Chelsea clash. However, the former Reds player was delighted to see the Brazil international showcase his talent against Jose Mourinho's side.
"He's not had a great season so far, Philippe Coutinho, but boy did he deliver on Saturday," the ex-Liverpool striker explained. I know there has been plenty of criticism for the lad during the past few weeks, including some from myself, but that's only because we know how good he can be. And against Chelsea, he did exactly what we need him to do.
"He hadn't actually been that effective during the first half. The game had passed him by a bit, and he wasn't influencing proceedings. But his first goal completely changed everything. Suddenly, Chelsea's half-time team talk changed, Liverpool went in with their tails up, and from that moment on they were the only team who looked likely to win the game. Coutinho grabbed the headlines, and rightly so, but it was a real team effort."