LIVERPOOL 0 – 0 SUNDERLAND
Liverpool have had to make do with a goalless draw today. As other teams above us (Arsenal and Chelsea at least) lost to their opponents, Liverpool needed to take advantage and win their game to climb further up the table and overtake those closest to us in league position. However, we could not take all three points and 1 more point did not put us ahead of Arsenal. Even Swansea remain ahead of us by one point as we are kept in 9th place and they get to be 8th for now.
Our lineup was to be started with Gerrard again as Rodgers decided to “rest” him. he came on eventually in the 66th minute but by the second half, we were already struggling and it didn’t seem like having Stevie for half an hour would make much difference. We probably needed him from the start if we wanted to win. Does Rodgers REALLY need to “rest” him? He’s in his mid 30s now but he still can surely play a 90 minute football match and not be completely exhausted? He probably does it every day in training. Rodgers may just have his eye on the next Champions League game already – it is one of the most important upcoming matches of our season and we will want our Captain Fantastic at 100% fitness.
All it would have taken to grab all three points from the game would have been a single goal. We had a tight defence and there was no mistakes from either our goalkeeper or our defenders as we kept the opposition from scoring today, but we needed to get goals of our own if we were going to take advantage of the clean sheet. Lately, Rickie Lambert has been the player most on form (he had been scoring in at least two consecutive games and assisting a goal in games after that) but it seems he could not get another goal today to help us get a win, nor did Glen Johnson or any other player get a late winner for us this time.
The referee wasn’t exactly helping Liverpool’s cause as in both halves, we had penalty claims turned down which could have turned the tide of the game and gotten us a better result. A penalty would surely have been what Liverpool needed to take the win. It wasn’t to be as the referee dismissed all our claims, even as there were some cynical fouls by the Sunderland players. They received a booking at most, no red cards were shown in the entire game. What can you do when even the referee is against you?
Decide for yourselves why we can’t get a single goal in a game like this. I personally feel it has been largely INJURIES which have held us back this season. We were all confident at the start of the season despite selling Luis Suarez to Barcelona that we could still come up with goals in every game. However it was always most likely to be Daniel Sturridge who could get the same amount of goals as Suarez (he was second highest Premier League goalscorer of the season in 2013-2014). Then, the injuries started happening. We have lost key players who have been sitting on the sidelines recovering instead of playing and scoring this season. When you’re about to get a goalless draw and you KNOW that one goal could win the game for you it’s VERY important you have your most successful goalscorers on the pitch, ready to get a single goal and win the game for you. A single decent goalscorer can make all the difference and grab extra points for your team in times like these.
I miss Suarez. I miss Torres. I miss Kuyt. I miss Babel. I miss Alonso. I miss all the reliable guys who used to be able to get us victory instead of having to make do with goalless draws, including the injured Daniel Sturridge.
Where is our “new Suarez”? Will we still be able to make a transfer in January that can start providing goals for us until the end of the season and beyond? Where will the goals come from in the future? (feel free to comment with answers to these questions. We value your opinion, Reds fans).
We can only look to the future right now if we want to keep our hope. We’ll put this “could and should have won” game behind us and focus on more important games coming up. We have to play Manchester United in December and we also have our last group game of the Champions League against Basel coming up very soon. If we don’t WIN that game, we are OUT of the Champions League! DRAWS of any kind will not do. we could draw 10-10 and not qualify. Though seeing twenty goals in one game would surely be entertaining, we would not get enough points to qualify for the knockout rounds of the competition if we just get a single point. WE MUST WIN to keep progressing and playing in the Champions League this season. Though I have no doubt that Liverpool will give it their best shot, right until the final whistle. We have never been a club that gives up before the end. We inspire comebacks, even after our opponents take the lead. We inspire dreams and hope. WE ARE LIVERPOOL!
So walk on, Reds. Walk on, with hope in your heart. 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.