LIVERPOOL 1 – 1 EVERTON
Liverpool did not lose today. We didn’t win… but we didn’t lose. Reds fans I know have been acting like we lost, but it is not so.
We did quite well, there are positives to take from the game. I watched us hold a 1-0 lead until past 90 minutes. Gerrard’s free kick was spectacular and unstoppable. There were many times when we looked like the better side, and only the result makes Liverpool worse than we actually are. Did we play well enough to win? I think so, yes. Did we actually just lose some concentration for a moment inside of injury time and concede a goal that wasn’t any of the Liverpool players fault? I think so, yes. There’s no “blame” to be put on a Liverpool player for the way we let a goal in… it wasn’t a single player’s fault. We can’t say “replace Skrtel” or “replace Lovren”, it was NOT their performances which were a cause of our conceding a goal – the shot was very good and Mignolet tried his best to keep it out, it simply couldn’t be saved.
I don’t like saying this but we should give credit to Everton for their performance. They played well enough to earn a point. I don’t see this as “Liverpool lost two points”… I see this as “Liverpool and Everton deserved to get a point”.
The starting eleven line up was rather different to that of what could have been – several reports had been saying that Daniel Sturridge was back to full fitness and was going to start or at least be a substitute. Neither happened and I fear his absence was a loss for us, we really miss him and need him back in the side.
The first half started off as most fans would have expected – it was rough, there was a booking for one of the players in under 2 minutes. Gareth Barry had fouled Adam Lallana and got himself a yellow card.
Both sides were not afraid to attack in the first half, we each had chances and the linesman raised his flag for offside on several occasions. At half time, the score would remain 0-0. It would be twenty minutes into the second half before a goal would be scored, as Steven Gerrard took an excellent free kick that Tim Howard could not stop from hitting the back of the net, making it 1-0. All we had to do was hang on to our lead for another half hour and we almost did.
The end to end football would continue with Balotelli almost scoring (he hit the crossbar) but as the final whistle drew nearer and nearer it looked increasingly likely that Liverpool were going to win. It was only in the 91st minute when Phil Jagielka struck a powerful shot towards goal and watched Mignolet dive but not get a finger to it that Everton had their equalizer and all hopes the reds fans had of victory were gone. It was simply too late in the game to score a second goal, a draw would now be inevitable. Jagielka would himself describe the shot as a “swinger” (it did swing right over Mignolet into the top corner of the net behind him) and Steven Gerrard would comment after the match that it was a “once in a lifetime shot” that couldn’t be reproduced.
I think the fans of either side can say that their clubs both deserved a single point. To say “we should have won that” is fine, but the performances that were shown in the game were each worthy of what they received… the one point for the draw that eventually happened. We’ll both move on, with more fixtures to play in the near future. Liverpool have the Champions League to think about as we play Swiss side Basel soon, the first day of October sees us return to European competition again and we will need to not think about what could have been (a win against Everton) and focus entirely on the new game at hand if we are to reproduce the winning ways we’ve shown this season already.
WE GO AGAIN, and we will 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.