LIVERPOOL 2 – 1 MAN CITY
WELL, WE DID IT! We got all three points from Manchester City, no easy task. I’ve been mentioning the importance of beating “top 7 teams” in previous articles and we had to come up against one of the toughest of them at Anfield this weekend. With the help of other teams in the league like West Brom, who had recently managed to get victory against Southampton, we’ve now secured 5TH PLACE in the Premier League for ourselves!
The win against Man city gave us three points and with being only 1 point behind Southampton, we just jumped two points ahead of them, pushing them down to 6th place, right above Tottenham who with a game in hand (most teams have played 27 league games, but they’ve only played 26) will have a chance to take 6th from Southampton (but won’t be taking 5th from Liverpool just yet, they’re 4 points behind us – one win won’t be enough to get our spot and we don’t plan on losing two consecutive games any time soon, if at all).
Liverpool have waited quite long amounts of time to start scoring in some games this season, but I think the squad may have been given a “STRIKE FIRST” kind of team talk by the manager since Liverpool came out all guns blazing, putting the ball in the net within ten minutes (more about that soon).
The team could have been slightly more attack based. Though the formation was 3-4-3 (Rodgers loves that one quite a bit), the manager had 4 strikers on the substitute bench, choosing to push natural midfielders Coutinho, Lallana and Sterling right up the pitch as he has done before with little to no problems. Jordan Henderson would captain the team from midfield and we’d see Lovren get back to duty as a starter.
Jordan Williams would once again make the bench, but would not be used as substitute, despite Rodgers only making 2 changes to the lineup and having a chance to use bring him on.
The whole game was full of action. The first half would be very exciting and have the most goals in it. As I mentioned earlier, the first one was around ten minutes into the game. Adam Lallana and Coutinho had both been attacking and applying pressure to the Man City defense. Soon afterwards, Raheem Sterling would pick up the ball, send it to Jordan Henderson and Hendo would strike a right footed shot from outside the penalty area and it’d find its way into the net past Joe Hart for the first goal of this exciting game. Liverpool 1 – 0 Man City.
The opponents didn’t look like giving up or changing tactics to defense, they kept attacking and hoping for a goal of their own, to draw scores level. Eventually, they would get it. Just past the 23rd minute, David Silva would feed Edin Dzeko a through ball, but he would be called offside. Liverpool fans breathed a sigh of relief, but Dzeko would once again be on the attack a couple of minutes later and this time, the linesman didn’t save us. Sergio Agüero assisted Dzeko with a through ball and he claimed it, then shot the ball into the bottom left corner of the net at Anfield. Liverpool 1 – 1 Man City.
Liverpool would not be disheartened by conceding and the Reds fans still seemed to be confident and ready to go all the way to the final whistle. The score would remain level up until the half time break.
The second half would remain just as the first was, exciting and full of action. The next goal to happen would be around the 75th minute.
Raheem Sterling had assisted Jordan Henderson for his goal and now he was ready to provide the same service for another of his teammates. As Coutinho ran towards the edge of the penalty area, Sterling gave him a perfect ball and Coutinho would bend in what has now been declared as “goal of the month” (by Match of the Day at least). The Magician had shown us his magic again. Liverpool 2 – 1 Man City.
The game would continue for another quarter of an hour, but the referee would blow his whistle for full time eventually, giving us what we needed… the win. Well done, Reds! More importantly than just beating one of the Premier League’s sides, we are closing the gap on the teams above us, Man United are not so far ahead of us and we are looking at that 4th place spot like it’s a cheeseburger – and we are HUNGRY for 4th! We want to be in the Champions League next season. BAD!
Next up, more Premier League action… this game will be against a side who is facing a relegation battle. We’ve already beaten them once this season and with their luck, it’s likely we can do it again. Every game matters at this stage in the season and we do want to grab 3 more points.
Walk on Anfield Family. Walk on with hope in your hearts and 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 (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.