EVERTON 1-1 LIVERPOOL
ANOTHER draw. Is anybody surprised? It’s like Brendan Rodgers has been saying “don’t worry about victory, as long as we don’t lose it’s fine” to his squad. Well, I am not so fine with just 1 point from games like this. When you play your biggest rivals, drawing really isn’t an option, as you try to protect your clubs reputation for being the best in the city.
For many years, the Merseyside derby has been one of the biggest games in both Liverpool and Everton’s fixture list. The honour of being the victor in it is usually enough to make the expectations for it high enough to explain why Reds fans won’t be happy with our draw today. We’re supposed to beat Everton any time we play them and with the relaxed attitude of “we don’t have to win, draws are good too” set by Rodgers it’s clear that he doesn’t respect the history of these games that need to be won at all costs.
These games matter – the fans know that but not all of the managers that are in control of clubs know or respect that and you can’t take it for granted. You’ll make no friends by disrespecting the history of a club.
That’s also likely one of the reasons that he has lost his job as Liverpool manager. YES, Liverpool’s owners have officially done what many fans have been calling for to happen and removed Brendan Rodgers from his position. We are currently looking for replacements.
RODGERS IS OUT, just like many of you asked for. The owners released a press statement shortly after the Everton V Liverpool game saying:
“We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Brendan Rodgers for the significant contribution he has made to the club and express our gratitude for his hard work and commitment.
“All of us have experienced some wonderful moments with Brendan as manager and we are confident he will enjoy a long career in the game.
Although this has been a difficult decision, we believe it provides us with the best opportunity for success on the pitch.
Ambition and winning are at the heart of what we want to bring to Liverpool and we believe this change gives us the best opportunity to deliver it.
The search for a new manager is underway and we hope to make an appointment in a decisive and timely manner.”
Anyway, there will be more news later from Anfield Family on who is likely to be and who has been appointed as new manager of Liverpool but for now we’ll just talk about this Merseyside derby.
Our previous fixture leading up to this game had been affected by the fact that we knew we couldn’t afford to have anything less than our strongest lineup for the Merseyside Derby. Sturridge did play in this game as expected after being left out of the Europa League game against Sion recently.
The first half was rather frantic, end to end football at a high speed. Challenges were hard and fast and on more than one occasion there was high tension between players with several bookings handed out for physical confrontations that happened. Fans who know the history of the Merseyside derby know that since the two teams are such bitter rivals, such events are unsurprising or even expected to occur but the referee (Martin Atkinson) still went about showing his yellow card to the players multiple times.
Attack, counter attack. The game went on and on like this and it was surprising that only two goals were seen in this entire game, actually. Early on, Liverpool had a penalty denied by the referee as Tim Howard came out feet first and would bring down one of our attacking players without getting much (or perhaps any) of the ball but all the shouts for the penalty kick by players and fans alike were ignored and the game continued as if nothing unfair had happened. It really had looked very much like a foul (I think even the Everton fans would have perhaps admitted that they got away with making a foul but not being penalised for it).
This was not the peak of excitement in the game as goals were seen by the end of the first half.
Liverpool were the first to take the lead but it would not last very long. Five minutes after Ings’ goal, Everton responded and the away side would also concede just before the half time whistle had been blown.
Romelu Lukaku would be the one to spoil the Reds celebrations as he managed to equalise after a poorly cleared ball from Emre Can landed at his feet and he managed to put the ball past Simon Mignolet as the score became Everton 1 – 1 Liverpool.
The very last half time team talk Brendan Rodgers would ever give to his team didn’t have much impact on the Liverpool players in the second half, as both sides came out to score no more goals in this game.
Both sides had chances to score but players including Barkley, Lukaku, Sturridge and Coutinho were all denied by defenders and the goalkeepers as a frustrating game became even more so when all the fans had to accept that despite all the chances being created, both of the teams would just get one point each and nobody was going to win this game.
The owners (FSG) clearly have enough intelligence to realise that only a single point isn’t really good enough for Liverpool in this local derby and that we should have won against Everton likely partly contributed to Brendan Rodgers losing his job.
Liverpool’s season will continue with an away game (Tottenham Hotspurs on October 17th), but soon there is to be an international break and this will probably give our owners enough time to get their replacement manager before we even play another fixture.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, 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.