LIVERPOOL 2 – 0 BURNLEY
Well, we did it! One more win… and “we go again”. That mentality of “lets take things one game at a time” can work very well for some clubs and in my experience, Liverpool are one of those clubs. You focus on the game at hand – looking at every single competition you’re involved in and making preparations for them weeks in advance is rather overwhelming. When you just look at the game you’re about to play and focus on just that, the entire season of fixtures you have to play won’t get to overwhelm you. You won’t be distracted by another competition and the pressure that comes with it.
Burnley have been facing a relegation battle for most of the season and although teams like that don’t win or even draw many games, there’s still some risk in playing them. There’s always a danger with teams in the “relegation zone” (18th, 19th and 20th place in the league) that they will be so desperate for points in their hopes to keep the club in the Premier League that they will attempt a win or at least to draw. We beat them once earlier in the season at their own ground (see http://www.anfieldfamily.com/burnley-0-1-liverpool/ for more details) so we had confidence before kickoff that we could do it again. We were proved right about that.
The Liverpool lineup for this game was rather different to the last one between the two teams in December 2014. Now, we had Sturridge back in the side and he would prove to be a valuable asset during the game. Jordan Ibe was injured in the last Besiktas game and will be out for a few weeks, meanwhile we have seen the regular vice captain Jordan Henderson being the captain while Steven Gerrard is out with a hamstring injury and Hendo has been doing a great job. Jordan Williams would be named as a substitute, but would not be used by the manager.
There was some part of the game which felt slightly boring. Not all of the first half was super exciting, but we did see at least one goal eventually. There was some “scrappy” (physical) play, which would lead to several fouls being called and the referee would have to blow his whistle a lot in the first half hour. By about 28 minutes, Liverpool had scored and we had the captain to thank for that and also a couple of other players for their part in the build up to the goal.
Adam Lallana had played a ball to Coutinho, who had created enough space to shoot at the goal. The Burnley goalkeeper managed to save Coutinho’s shot, but Jordan Henderson would follow up and volley home a powerful shot which would find it’s way into the bottom right corner of the net. Liverpool 1 – 0 Burnley.
The rest of the first half had some more chances for goal as Moreno, Coutinho, Sturridge and Lallana all had attacks blocked, saved or closely missed. At the half time break, Liverpool would hold their lead and the score was Liverpool 1 – 0 Burnley.
The second half started up and the fans were still just as confident as they were before kickoff, maybe more so. We had already scored a goal and we hadn’t seen any major reasons as to why Burnley could score and possibly get a draw yet.
Between 5 and 6 minutes of play in this half saw another goal. Jordan Henderson played a part in it yet again, too… he whipped in a cross, high into the box and Daniel Sturridge would leap above two other Burnley defenders and claim the ball, heading it into the net with accuracy. A well built up and well executed goal in general. I wonder if they had practiced it on the training ground?
Now, with half an hour to go Liverpool had a two goal lead. We still didn’t stop attacking for the next 30 minutes and we didn’t really seem too busy with having to defend either. Emre Can was doing well and we would see both Glen Johnson and Kolo Toure show us what they could do at the back for the end of the game, also. Credit to the defenders and to Simon Mignolet who is really getting to a high total of clean sheets in his performances now. I am pretty sure no other Premier League goalkeeper has not conceded a single goal on more occasions than Mignolet has. I like those kind of records. Fans don’t have to worry as much if they know their defense is record breakingly good! You just sit back, wait for the goals to be scored (by Liverpool) and then you can be sure that you’re going to win the game.
The next fixture Liverpool have is a FA game against Blackburn Rovers, a former Premier League Champion (in the 1994-1995 season), though now they’re just a Championship side, they got relegated from the Premier League in the 2011-2012 season. We do want this trophy for Stevie, so we’ll be looking for victory in this game. It’s win or be knocked out.
Walk on, Reds fans. Walk on. You’ll Never Walk Alone, your Anfield Family is walking with you.
[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.