TOTTENHAM 0 – 3 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool are back to winning ways again and proven some important points whilst doing it. We’ve proven all the people who thought a run of bad results would follow our defeat to Manchester City VERY, VERY WRONG. Some football fans (not Liverpool fans usually) have kept reminding us that we no longer have Suarez and that we would need him for big games like this… well, we’ve also proven them wrong too.
Three goals, three points and Liverpool were definitely the stronger side throughout the whole game.
Liverpool started the game with a new addition to the team we had not seen play yet… Mario Balotelli. From early on, the Italian looked dangerous and came close to scoring both a header and a right footed shot within the first three minutes of the game as Liverpool sought to attack Spurs head on, right from the very first whistle. The manager was all smiles as he watched Super Mario play, every touch of the ball seemed to delight our manager who could only have been happier with him if perhaps he had scored on his debut. I think we can be sure Brendan Rodgers won’t be complaining about his new signing.
The first goal of the game came about 8 minutes in when Liverpool had taken an early lead as Jordan Henderson assisted Raheem Sterling who would put a left footed shot in to the bottom left corner of Tottenham’s goal. Sterling would eventually earn himself “man of the match” and his goal certainly contributed to that happening.
The first half almost ended 1-1 as Simon Mignolet had to pull off a very good save as Nacer Chadli was given a great ball by Younes Kaboul and Chadli almost equalized before the break. Mignolet’s quick reactions saved Liverpool from looking rather foolish, since we had been dominating all the play up until that point and fully deserved to be leading.
After half time was over, Liverpool came out fighting as we had done in the first half. It wasn’t long before a run by Joe Allen in the Tottenham penalty area resulted in Allen being fouled and pulled down to the ground which led to the referee pointing to the penalty spot. Steven Gerrard would bravely take the penalty kick and hit his shot to the left of their keeper.
Lloris would get a hand to the shot but he couldn’t stop it from going behind him into the net as it was quite powerful. It was actually “record breaking” since Steven Gerrard surpassed Jan Molby’s record of penalty kicks scored as he converted his 43rd successful penalty for Liverpool. Liverpool now led 2-0 after only 50 minutes and we still looked strong enough to not conceded, Spurs weren’t getting any chances to make our keeper come up with more saves. We simply out played them. Tackles would come in every time they even got near to our penalty area. Our defense looked strong and for most of the game was a back four of Manquillo (RB), Moreno (LB) Sakho (CB) and Lovren (CB). After 85 minutes, Jose Enrique replaced Raheem Sterling and we had one more defender to help us get a clean sheet, which we successfully managed to do, but not before scoring another goal.
The third goal was simply put… MAGIC!
Alberto Moreno made a fair challenge and won the ball in his own half and then ran all the way down the left wing, before swiftly arriving in Tottenham’s penalty area to calmly shoot and curl a very accurately placed shot into the goal past the goalkeeper, who attempted to save it but simply was beaten by the power and accuracy of Moreno’s magical strike. 3-0 to Liverpool and the reds fans were enjoying every minute of this game. It had all happened with about 30 minutes to go (60 minutes), so for the rest of the game Liverpool seemed to be a little less concerned with scoring other goals and more concerned with making sure we didn’t concede any, which led to Jose Enrique being chosen to play by Brendan Rodgers later on in the second half.
For anyone who was wondering about some regular first team players who didn’t make an appearance – Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel and Adam Lallana all have minor injury concerns and should be returning within the next month (just an estimation but likely to be fairly accurate). Lallana in particular had been a hopeful for returning to action in this game against Spurs but he didn’t even end up on the substitute bench so will most likely make his next appearance in our very next game.
All in all, Liverpool have risen to the challenges put before us in the first month of Premier League action. Sure, we were defeated at the Etihad stadium, but we gave our best and that was a very difficult fixture – in my opinion, the most difficult fixture we will have had to play in the entire season. Even playing at Anfield against Man City will be easier than when we travelled to the Premier league champions own ground. We’ve gotten past the hard part and can focus on the future as we get back to victory again. This time last season.. we had only gotten 4 points from 12 potential points in 4 fixtures. Now, we have claimed 6 points from 9 possible points. We’re already surpassing our own records from the very successful season we had when we ultimately came 2nd. That’s got to be a good sign and if you’re a red, then you should be HAPPY.
I can’t complain. I’m excited to see more from the new players Rodgers has brought in from this transfer window (which closes on September 1st) and have much confidence in Liverpool as we head further into the new seasons fixture list.
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.