LIVERPOOL 2 – 1 SWANSEA
♪ ♫ ♩ ♬ ALRIGHT NOW, baby it’s alright now! ♪ ♫ ♩ ♬
Just felt like breaking into song right there because I am one happy Red. (extra credit for anyone who knows the band that sang that song). More importantly, is WHY I’m so happy. LIVERPOOL WON, of course!
We‘ve won before and I feel happy about most or all wins but this one was quite satisfying indeed.
Liverpool’s starting lineup for this game was interesting. Mignolet would be on the bench and so Brad Jones got to play a part in the starting 11 for the first time in a while. Kolo Toure got to start, Glen Johnson got to start. Lucas Leiva got to start and up front as the pair of strikers in our 4-4-2 formation was Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini. Balotelli would be a substitute but would still play a major part in our victory. I’ll talk more about that later.
The first half had plenty of action but surprisingly saw no goals. Liverpool saw attempts on goal by Jordan Henderson, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho, Rickie Lambert, Lazar Markovic and Fabio Borini all came close enough to be saved by the goalkeeper, get blocked by a defender or miss just wide of the goal by very little. We seemed to be the better side at this point. After the half time break however, a refreshed Swansea were the first to score a goal around the 65th minute as Marvin Emnes had managed to place a left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner, past Brad Jones. Reds fans know that our team NEVER gives up just because we weren’t the ones to take the lead first, though. We kept on battling to the final whistle as we know how to do so well.
Liverpool would have a reply to the situation. Brendan Rodgers would bring on Adam Lallana for Lazar Markovic (who wasn’t having a particularly good game) in the 70th minute and then Mario Balotelli would replace Rickie Lambert in the 79th minute. With 11 minutes of regular time to go, we had brought on some major attacking players and it helped a lot. The change was helping, there was shots raining on goal from our players now… we looked like we believed it would just be a matter of time before we scored and that was true.
It was in the 85th minute when after only 6 minutes on the pitch, Mario Balotelli connected his left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner of Swansea’s goal when he was assisted with a terrific cross from fellow Italian, Fabio Borini. Super Mario had scored once more, silencing his critics who say “Mario can’t score” and thanks to him there was at least surely going to be extra time now, if the score stayed at 1-1 when the referee would be blowing for the end of added injury time.
Liverpool did not stop at this goal and simply wait for the extra time to begin, though. We kept on our with our attacks and eventually in the 95th minute (there was over 6 minutes of injury time added), Dejan Lovren would come rushing in with a powerful header from the centre of the box to smash the ball into the top right corner of Swansea’s net after being assisted by Philippe Coutinho who although did not score himself, contributed to the match in a valuable way.
Liverpool had made their comeback and it was SWEET! We had been 0-1 down, only to pull back two goals in 10 minutes and make sure our progression to the Capital One Cup Quarter Final was secured and we couldn’t have done this without our goalscorers, which included Mario Balotelli. I AM HAPPY FOR HIM and will continue to give him my full support as he continues to show what he can do and increase his goal total for his new club. YNWA, Super Mario!
Liverpool face Newcastle next in the Premier League at the start of November.
WE GO AGAIN, together as we head to Tyneside and You’ll Never Walk Alone, Reds.
[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.