LIVERPOOL 0 – 0 HULL
Liverpool have got themselves another clean sheet. It hasn’t happened much this season, but our defense proved to be strong once again and made sure no goals went in. Credit to the defenders and credit to the goalkeeper and also the manager is deserved.
The Liverpool starting 11 line up for this Premier League fixture did not seem very different from the recent Champions League game against Real Madrid. Lallana would start instead of Coutinho, but other than that, it was largely the same team that had faced the defending European Champions, that is to say it was a strong side that Hull would have to go up against. Liverpool still are waiting for Daniel Sturridge to recover from a calf injury but it may be the end of November before we see him in action now.
Because of that, Sterling and Balotelli would be our strikers and a lot was expected of them. Mario still has to prove himself at his new club and fans don’t just WANT to see him score, they NEED to see him score before they lose all faith in the manager for signing him and in the player for not living up to expectations in one of the greatest football clubs in the world.
Sterling, while coming under far less criticism than the new guy (Balotelli) has something to prove to himself, after claiming he couldn’t keep up with the frequent fixtures recently, his young age seemingly meaning nothing as he publicly spoke of being fatigued after not only playing for Liverpool but for England as well in a short amount of time. Can he still score? Can he still play to his best? Only he can prove that he can do those things and the manager has been giving him the chance to do it. Better that than dropping him because he says he’s too tired to play another game so soon. He’s become a vital part of our team. Some fans would complain if we had to do without him.
Before the game kicked off, there was Liverpool fans actively protesting the price of tickets to the games, with banners that asked the club to stop raising the prices. From reports I’ve heard about this subject, the Reds fans aren’t the only fans protesting high ticket prices at the moment. It seems “enough is enough” and the fans are standing up to the clubs with requests that they keep the standard of pricing to a reasonable level, or face the consequences. Those consequences would surely include mass strikes throughout the country, where fans all refused to pay the prices of tickets until they were reduced to be more affordable for anybody. If people all agreed not to enter the ground until they lowered prices, you can be sure the club would have to react to their empty stands.
The game was certainly exciting enough to keep people entertained for their money. You may think 0-0 was the scoreline of a boring match, but there was plenty of chances for both teams in this game, the ball just didn’t manage to ever hit the net. Not necessarily “the strikers fault”, but perhaps more a case of great goalkeeping and solid defence, which saw both sides manage to keep clean sheets. Some fans have raised this issue before… how can we be conceding so many goals? Don’t we have the best defenders money can buy? We brought in three new defenders this summer (Moreno, Manquillo and Lovren) and they were chosen for their strength at the back. However, we haven’t seen many games this season where zero goals were conceded, there always seemed to be at least one goal that slipped through on most match days.
Hopefully, we can learn from the Hull game and keep doing the same defensively, perhaps as our attacking force will be more successful and get us some goals while keeping the opposition from scoring any at all. It could be the key to turning goalless draws into 1-0 victory for Liverpool and two extra points per game for our club if we can pull it off.
Liverpool now sit 7th in the Premier League as the draw brought us our 14th point, level on points with the clubs in 6th and 5th place and just 8 points behind the current league leaders Chelsea who have yet to play their 9th game.
Liverpool’s next test will be in the Capital One Cup against Swansea, where a goalless draw would only lead to extra time and penalties, although Liverpool have proven themselves to be a winning side at spot kicks already this season.
Keep on walking with hope in your hearts, reds. 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.