LIVERPOOL 1 – 0 BOURNEMOUTH
The Reds fans came back to Anfield once more to see us play at home for the first time this season and our team ended up giving us all a happy day as we managed to claim all three points with our second Premier League win of 2015-2016.
The manager seemed confident that we could come away with another win, right from the start. The team lineup had zero changes from the game against Stoke, which we won.
So far, so good with this squad. We’re showing the rest of the league that we’re up for any challenge and our new players are set for you to bring it on. I can’t say i don’t want Firmino , Origi or Ings to start because I’d love to see what they can do right from the first whistle of the game but if we keep on going like this, then I won’t mind if this team becomes the regular starting 11 for the entire season as long as they are just as successful as they have been already. If you start drawing or losing with that team, then change it up a bit. But if we keep winning, it’s all good to stay the same.
Liverpool played the same football that we saw against Stoke, passing the ball around frequently and making challenges when needed. We only received a single yellow card in this game and it wasn’t given to Milner, who played passionately again. I like his style of play and want him to show other teams “who is boss” (we are), preferably without seeing many cards from the referee.
The first half went quite well and we only took just under half an hour to score the first (and winning) goal of the game. We’ve waited until very late in the game for some goals (not just this season but some previous seasons too) but clearly we had intended to make our chances happen earlier on as we attacked well with regularity and put the ball in the net on 26 minutes.
The goal itself was worked well with Jordan Henderson (our new captain) unselfishly giving the ball to his teammate instead of running towards goal and trying to score himself.
We had gotten a corner and Hendo had gotten the ball from the set piece. He crossed it over and although Coutinho stretched out for the ball (in an offside position), he missed it and the ball ended up reaching Benteke who was onside and he managed to finish it well, putting it past the goalkeeper almost effortlessly and ultimately, winning the game for Liverpool. Bournemouth would never get a goal of their own and we had gotten all three points from the “controversial” goal (sure, Coutinho would have been officially offside and the referee’s whistle blown for it if he had touched the ball but he didn’t get a foot on it so play continued without interruption and we scored).
Lucky the referee didn’t call for offside? Yeah, maybe. Or maybe some fans just don’t know the rules properly. Those that know the game well know that Coutinho was certainly not the goalscorer and he didn’t even provide any assistance on the ball that ended up with Benteke (it came from Henderson). You can’t call him offside if he wasn’t actually a part of the goal itself. Rival or opposition (Bournemouth) fans are welcome to disagree but we’re not cheating here… it’s football and anything can happen, including getting lucky. Unpredictability can change a game, but we haven’t broken the rules.
Call the goal “lucky” if you like, but we’re not the only team to have ever used luck to get a goal or a win a game. Even Premier League winning sides like Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and more have won a game or two along the way towards claiming their title that was just plain lucky. A decision gone in your favour, being the factor that ended up giving you three points instead of it being a draw and what was going to be just you gaining just a single point. By the end of the season, you might need two extra points and you’ll take them even if you just got them through being lucky. Very few fans will question how the points were earned once the season is over and your team is lifting a trophy above their heads… the team with the most total points by the end of the season wins the league and that’s all that matters.
No matter how it happened, I’m happy “Big Ben” (Benteke) is showing his worth and impressing the fans already. Nobody can question his transfer fee value if he’s playing well enough to score. He certainly seemed excited and happy and celebrated in front of everybody at Anfield. Congratulations bro! I hope there’s many more goals to come for us all to celebrate.
Benteke was my Man Of The Match for grabbing that winning goal and we’ll see if he can earn that title again this season. Liverpool are now one of only 4 teams who have won their first two Premier league fixtures, putting us in 3rd already. Only some teams (Manchester City and Leicester) with a slightly better goal difference as well as equal points are above us in the table currently. If we could perhaps win by more than one goal in our coming fixtures then we may have a chance of moving up to 2nd or 1st place in the near future.
Liverpool will face Arsenal soon (Monday 24th August 8PM) as the Premier League continues and our fixture list just doesn’t get any easier until much later in the season. We’ll be trying to prove ourselves as being one of the best teams in the league this season until around Christmas, probably. By then it’ll be clear who’s going to be contending for the title and who just can’t keep up with the best and most competitive teams in football. I can’t wait for more!
You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[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.