BOURNEMOUTH 1 – 3 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are through to the Semi Finals of the Capital One Cup as they managed to beat Bournemouth and progress in the competition.
Winning didn’t seem very hard, especially in the first half and it was almost over by half time.
Our line up was interesting, Rodgers decided to field only 3 defenders as he used what looked like a 3-5-2 formation. Skrtel, Lovren and Toure were the starters at the back. Brad Jones continues to make more appearances for Liverpool as Rodgers has recently announced that Simon Mignolet is now officially “dropped indefinitely” and also has his eye on a new goalkeeper (Guillermo Ochoa) who is likely to provide more assistance and competition for the number 1 position as soon as we can sign him (for an already agreed upon £3 Million) in the January Transfer Window.
Henderson, Gerrard, Lucas, Markovic and even Coutinho would take charge of the midfield while Sterling and Lallana formed an attacking partnership in the roles of “strikers” as we have seen them do before. With enough firepower from the very start, I certainly had hopes and expectations of us scoring more than one goal on the night and we had done this in the first 30 minutes of the game.
The first goal of the game would come when in the 20th minute, a headed cross from Jordan Henderson gave Raheem Sterling the opportunity to score a fine header, which apparently was even easier to do since Raheem just shaved most of his hair off recently… his (almost) bald head met the ball and it went straight into the net. Take note, all you players with crazy hairstyles. You might not want to mess up your hair by heading the ball, but Raheem could have no fear of that and just put it in the net with ease!
So, Liverpool were now leading Bournemouth by a single goal, but could they keep it or would Bournemouth equalize? Within ten more minutes of play, Lazar Markovic would assist Coutinho who had a shot saved in the bottom left corner of the opposition’s goal, only for Lazar Markovic to follow up with a shot of his own and increase Liverpool’s lead as he made it Bournemouth 0 – 2 Liverpool.
The first half still had another quarter of an hour to go, but Liverpool already looked like winners at this point. It would be the second half before we saw any more goals, Liverpool rested on their two goal lead for a while.
Raheem Sterling had decided he wanted to show exactly what he can do when he’s on top form though and around the 50th minute, Adam Lallana would provide an assist for Sterling who carefully aimed a well placed shot past the Bournemouth goalkeeper and raised the score to Bournemouth 0 – 3 Liverpool.
Liverpool started to ease up on their attacking play a little after their third goal and about 6 minutes after Sterling’s goal, we saw Bournemouth’s first goal of the game as Dan Gosling decided his team were not going to give up so easily and made it Bournemouth 1 – 3 Liverpool as he put the ball past Brad Jones who hasn’t been able to keep a clean sheet in his two consecutive appearances for Liverpool now.
Liverpool were a little shocked by the goal and Bournemouth showed more threatening attacking play as the game turned towards a possible “comeback” for them.
Liverpool replaced Coutinho with Emre Can as they attempted to go a little more defensive in their tactics so as to not concede more goals. It was quite a nervous last half hour as we defended against many opportunities but came out on top as we did enough to make sure our two goal lead was not decreased and not even an equalizer made it’s way into our net. Near the end of the game, Sterling had an opportunity to get his hat trick but missed and had to make do with only two goals, though he was still certainly “Man of the Match” for his efforts in the game.
Liverpool were victorious and shortly after the game was done, the draw for the Semi Finals was made and Jamie Redknapp (with the assistance of Graeme Souness) pulled Chelsea’s name out of the hat to play Liverpool in the next round of this competition.
Liverpool have their chance to keep climbing up the league table soon as we play Arsenal who are both 5 points and 5 places ahead of us. We won’t overtake them if we win, but we may be able to go from 11th to potentially claim 7th place (the teams above us would need to drop some points as they drew or lost first, but it’s possible).
So, not every game is a draw or defeat for Liverpool. We do still win a few! Walk on with hope in your heart, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so i was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet