It was a bit of a blow when we thought Alexis Sanchez was going to miss the start of the season after being handed an extended holiday, but he’s returned to action sooner than expected – making a substitute appearance against West Ham and starting the game against Crystal Palace.
“I think on Monday night he will not be far from 100%,” Wenger said.
“It’s surprising because when he doesn’t have the fitness he has the mental resources.”
Alexis is a potential game changer even when not fully fit, such is the quality he possesses. The determination he has to get on the ball, drive the game forward, and secure that all important winning goal is superb, and often lifts the entire team.
He showed just how important he is to the side by grabbing the winner against Palace, and the way in which he scored – rising high above the defender to win a ball he had no right to before powering a header goalwards – epitomised what the 26-year-old is all about.
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Liverpool will certainly be wary of a fully fit Alexis, but hopefully he is able to have the same impact against Brendan Rodgers’ side as he did at Selhurst Park.