Lazio recorded a very important 2-0 win over Torino on Monday night, with Felipe Anderson – linked with a summer move to Liverpool by talkSPORT – scoring both goals.
The race for second place in Serie A is really heating up, with Roma, city rivals Lazio, Napoli and Fiorentina all looking to secure an automatic place in the Champions League. Results on Monday night could become very important in how the table looks at the end of the season, with two of the sides ultimately missing out.
I Biancocelesti are on the charge, but they had to ride their luck in the opening half, with Torino’s Josef Martinez going very close to opening the scoring with a first-half header. In the second half it was all about 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Anderson.
With 70 minutes on the clock, the former Santos player picked up the ball 40 yards from goal, he would then beat two men before slotting his shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner with his right foot.
Lazio would again ride their luck, and as much as they have Anderson to thank for their excellent form, they can also look to goalkeeper Federico Marchetti. The 32-year-old made an excellent low save to divert Matteo Darmian’s long range shot with the score still 1-1. It proved vital.
Just moments later, Anderson scored his and Lazio’s second. This time he received the ball on the left side of the box, a deft touch with his right foot took the ball to his left, and his second touch saw the ball fly into the back of the net.
Lazio have now won five games in a row, they haven’t conceded in their last three Serie A games and Felipe Anderson takes his tally to eight for the season.
It is easy to see why Liverpool have been linked with the Brazilian. Although he is most effective on the left-flank, he is very adept at coming inside to find space through the centre and often switches flanks with Andrea Candreva during games.
Brendan Rodgers is a fan of players with that type of versatility, and if Liverpool want to build and improve as a squad; they need players with talents such as Felipe Anderson. It was reported that Reds scouts watched him in Lazio’s 4-0 win over Fiorentina last week, and they would have been impressed again this week.
If Lazio do steal second place from Roma and qualify automatically for the Champions League, it may take a huge bid to prize him away from the Eternal City.