LIVERPOOL 2-0 Sunderland
Liverpool reclaimed their place at the top of the Premier League table with a victory at Anfield. Chelsea are still to play Tottenham in the next couple of hours but will need victory against their London rivals if they hope to take 1st place off Liverpool once again.
Liverpool’s squad would not include either Adam Lallana or Daniel Sturridge, both are currently recovering from injuries. Other than that, we fielded a full strength squad for this Premier League fixture.
Sunderland’s current manager David Moyes is well known on Merseyside for managing Liverpool’s rivals Everton and Manchester United but his side have been facing a relegation battle for most of the season, while Liverpool have been all the way to the top of the league this season.
It wasn’t easy to claim all 3 points, though. For over an hour and a quarter, Sunderland kept their defences tight enough to make it look like the goalless draw at Southampton’s ground was due to happen all over again, this time at Anfield. There was a majority of possession for Liverpool but it took until the 75th minute to see one of our attacks converted into a goal.
A late challenge by Didier NDong saw Coutinho clutching his foot in pain and substituted off, to be replaced by Divock Origi. The Belgian would make an impact on the game, eventually becoming Liverpool’s first goalscorer of the game. A necessary change that had positive effects, though I wish Coutinho the best of luck in his recovery to full fitness.
Jordan Henderson would assist Origi, who carefully placed a right footed shot into the far left corner of the net, giving the home side the lead.
Liverpool waiting so long to get this goal saw them only need to wait an extra quarter of an hour to the full time whistle but even in extra time, we pushed harder and ended up scoring once more. NDong, who had fouled Coutinho earlier was the man who once again fouled a Liverpool player (Sadio Mané had been on the attack inside the penalty area) and the referee would award Liverpool a penalty kick. James Milner would of course step up to take it and did what he does best, cool and calm set piece taking. The penalty would be scored and Liverpool did not have to worry about a comeback equalizer, we’d keep a clean sheet and take our place at the top of the Premier League table.
Man Of the Match
Divock Origi had a hard job to do in replacing Coutinho from the moment he came onto the pitch in the first half. He did not disappoint however and was vital in making sure Liverpool did not suffer a second goalless draw in 2 fixtures. Liverpool came away with the 3 points they needed to keep climbing to top of the table. No disrespect to our 2nd goalscorer (James Milner) but fans were worried for a long time in this game as it felt like we weren’t going to get any more than a single point for 75 minutes and Origi was the player who lifted away that worry with his game changing goal.
Liverpool continue their League Cup campaign and will take on Leeds United at home soon.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. 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 (more than 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