LIVERPOOL 3-2 TOTTENHAM
Liverpool have started to play some really competitive games now. The rest of the season’s fixtures turned into “must win games”… because we’re playing “Catch Up”. The teams above us need to drop some points while we get wins, in order to catch up with those teams in league position. When we play them, we can take three points off them. When we’re not playing the teams above us, they can still lose or draw to the other Premier League teams that are below us. Victory against Tottenham was important to keep closing the gap as we play our game of Catch Up. Arsenal were also playing (Leicester) and managed to get a win, so had we drawn, they would have gained two points on Liverpool which isn’t good. We need to stay as close to the teams above us as possible and if we make it past someone to a higher position in the league table, we need to keep increasing the point gap so they don’t just take it right back. That’s most easily done with wins for Liverpool (as the others fail to get victory).
Liverpool’s line up was rather similar to previous ones… though currently, we have Lucas and Sterling injured so neither of those players featured in it at all. Jordon Ibe made another appearance (I am happy to say). Daniel Sturridge would play right from the start, this time… the first game he had not been used as substitute for since his recovery and return to the squad after getting back to full fitness.
The first half was quite exciting. There was two goals and plenty of action. The referee had decided early on that he was going to make good use of his cards, though. Four Yellow cards were shown in the first half and a further five in the second half. Nobody was sent off, surprisingly.
The first goal would be Liverpool’s. Lazar Markovic was assisted by Daniel Sturridge and ran onto his wonderful pass to strike the ball sweetly and hit his shot into the bottom right corner of the net with his left foot. It wasn’t very powerful but it was well placed enough to make its way past the Tottenham goalkeeper and into the net. Liverpool 1 – 0 Tottenham.
Tottenham’s response would come ten or eleven minutes later. Their “golden boy” Harry Kane would once again please their fans as he made his way past the Liverpool defence (Sakho seemed to trip over nothing and fell over and Kane made his away around him and towards the goal with ease) and scored to equalize, making it Liverpool 1 – 1 Tottenham.
The best attempt at scoring again in the first half would come as Daniel Sturridge hit the left goalpost just before the referee blew his whistle for half time. The manager hopefully praised his team as they did deserve some credit, even at that point.
As the teams came out again, the action started up once more. Within 7 minutes of gameplay, there was a foul on Daniel Sturridge in the Tottenham penalty area by Danny Rose and the referee correctly pointed to the penalty spot. Steven Gerrard of course would take it, just as he had taken (and scored) the other second half penalty against Tottenham earlier in the season at White Hart Lane. Steven would yet again step up and score his penalty, powerfully placing it to the right of the goalkeeper. Liverpool 2 – 1 Tottenham.
It would be just seven minutes later when Tottenham equalized yet again. A free kick was won at the edge of the Liverpool penalty area. Harry Kane was seen to be offside (by the fans, not the linesman), received the ball, crossed over the ball and Dembele would chest the ball into the net. Simon Mignolet would yell and object about Kane being offside but it made no difference, the damage was already done and the decision to allow the goal to stand was final. Liverpool 2 – 2 Tottenham.
Liverpool would have about half an hour to go to do something about this. Better than complaining to the match officials would just be to score a final goal of the game and we had 30 minutes to do it in.
At around 73 minutes, Daniel Sturridge would be replaced by Mario Balotelli and he made an immediate impact on the game. 5 minutes later, Adam Lallana would also replace Lazar Markovic. The two substitutes would create the final goal of the game.
Lallana would provide a cross for Balotelli and Mario would finish accurately as he scored his first Premier League goal for Liverpool! He was a real “game changer”. Liverpool had been facing the prospect of a draw and just a single point from the game until this stage in the game. It was now Liverpool 3 – 2 Tottenham. Mario had proved his worth and showed a very good reason at to why he was signed. His performance was wonderful and I hope we see more of the same from him this season. The win was secured by Balotelli and we took all three points, which were needed. There was only about 7 more minutes (and then 4 minutes of injury time) to play and the referee would blow the final whistle of the game and we had won.
It’s been a slow start for him but he can finally provide another option in attack for Brendan Rodgers, whose squad has been plagued by injury in several different positions this season. This is how you matter most to the squad and to the fans, Mario. (Scoring) Goals is one of the major reasons we needed you at the club (we had just sold Suarez, our main goalscorer) and the more you can provide those, the more justified your £16M price tag will be. There are some who would have been saying that you weren’t worth that up until now.
I personally reserve the right to express my true feelings of dissatisfaction if any player genuinely does not perform well enough or meet the expectations of the fans (speaking the truth, no matter how it hurts), but I’ve really shown a lot of support for you, Mario. I support my club and the players at it. Because you play for Liverpool, I give you my full support but you make it HARD for yourself, Mario! You have not lived up to fans expectations since you signed for us but we are happy for you about your first Premier League goal. We all hope you get some more. YNWA Super Mario!
Liverpool’s next match will be an FA Cup game, as we face Crystal Palace for a chance to progress in this important competition.
Walk on, with hope in your hearts. We’re all in this together, walking side by side. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[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.