The King’s return to Anfield was very much a game of two halves. In the first half we had all the play, most of the ball, most of the chances and were the better team by far, and took an early lead with a well taken goal by Raul Meireles after Torres had hit the post.
We could have easily has three of four goals before the half time break and the stats showed that we had complete control of the game. If the game had ended then it would have been a great result for us.
Then came the second half and we did what we always seem to do this season and switched off from the first moment. It was only about a minute into the half when Everton got back into the game with a very soft goal conceded from a mistake from Martin Skrtel and scored by none other than Sylvain Distin, his first goal for Everton.
Everton had hit their stride in the second half and were playing well, and we were finding it difficult to get back into the game. Things went from bad to worse when our defence switched off again and Jermaine Beckford hit Everton’s second goal of the game.
We were once again playing catch up just as we had done against Blackpool last week. What we did do, which we weren’t doing much of before this season, was to keep trying and get back into the game and eventually the pressure we were putting Everton under gave us a bit of luck when Rodriguez went down in the penalty area and we were awarded a spot kick.
Looking at it afterwards it wasn’t really a penalty at all, but neither was the one Manure got in the FA Cup, so swings and roundabouts really. Kuyt put the penalty away and we were back on level terms, which was no less than we deserved for our performance in the first half.
Our performance in the second half, however, was less than impressive and we really only have ourselves to blame for letting Everton back into the game, and then to take the lead soon after.
The result wasn’t really good enough, but we do seem to be playing better, which is something I guess.
We play Wolves next weekend and let’s hope that we don’t capitulate to them like we did at Anfield.