LIVERPOOL 1 – 0 STOKE

LIVERPOOL WIN! HIP HIP HURRAY! This victory is brought to you by GLEN JOHNSON!

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Liverpool had looked like getting a goalless draw today, it has to be said. It’s sweet to be telling you of our victory after watching our team come close but not score for over 84 minutes. It was only in the 85th minute when Glen Johnson rushed into the box and headed home the only goal of the day that we were able to give the home fans the win they all wanted.

Liverpool’s line up was an interesting one – Steven Gerrard, who had started every game this season, was only substitute for this game. Also, Lallana, Lovren and Moreno sat on the subs bench with Stevie.

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The first half could have easily been called “dull”. There was officially ZERO SHOT ON TARGET for both of the sides by the half time break. I was shocked and disappointed by this performance and had expected at least a single shot on target, but the goalkeepers at either end were given absolutely nothing to do in the first 45 minutes of the game. It did change after the teams came back out though.

Before Glen saved the day late on in the game, there was lots of action in the second half. Coutinho and Henderson worked well together and Glen Johnson had been getting forward to provide crosses for the attackers. Raheem Sterling has been working nicely with Rickie Lambert – Lambert even tried a spectacular 40 yard shot which eventually took a deflection off Stoke defender Wilson and went out.  Lucas had some chances of his own, right footed shots that were either blocked or saved. I was unimpressed with Joe Allen, who time after time kept wasting his chances, including a shot from the 6 yard box that he put over the bar instead of into the net. SIX YARDS, JOE? come on, man! You should be scoring, especially when it’s 0-0 and we’re in great need of a goal to win 1-0. Goalless draws are NOT what Liverpool are aiming to achieve, in any season. We want to score and we want to win, in every game.

Fortunately, we didn’t need Allen’s missed chance to have been scored to go in to the lead because in the 85th minute, Glen Johnson would bravely leap towards the ball with at least two defenders around him, challenging for the ball.

He did injure his head in his efforts to score the goal we needed for our win – we couldn’t have asked for more from him as he chose to fully commit himself to the header and put the ball in the net, by any means necessary. The Reds appreciate you doing that, Glen. I have nothing but love for you right now!

Glen injured his head while diving bravely for the ball that he headed into the net

Glen injured his head while diving bravely for the ball that he headed into the net

The manager had been getting ready to being on Adam Lallana at the time of the goal and when it went in, they celebrated it together on the sideline at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers celebrates Glen Johnson's goal with Adam Lallana at Anfield

Brendan Rodgers celebrates Glen Johnson’s goal with Adam Lallana at Anfield

 

This win puts Liverpool in 11th place in the Premier League now, we’re just below Tottenham and Everton (10th and 9th place) who also have 17 points and we are only 3 points behind Arsenal (who are in 6th place), a single win while playing any of the teams above us could send us further up the table as we chase at least 4th place for more Champions League action to be possible next season.

Our next game is a Premier League fixture against Leicester City in early December. While many of us are still getting our Christmas decorations up, hopefully we can get ourselves another three points to add to the rest.

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Until then just keep walking on with hope in your hearts, Reds. You’ll Never Walk Alone.

[written by] Stuart Drewery.

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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.

 

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