Sunday Nov 10Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
Successfully grabbed 3 points and sat on 2nd of the table after a crushing victory against Fulham, this will be a good remedy after the defeat against Arsenal, the league leaders, last week. Another win at Anfield means that Liverpool has won 5 from 6 home games (1 defeat against Southampton who sat on 3rd). Here I wrote possibly three positive results from the match vs Fulham
1. The return of Daniel Agger
Since his injury, Agger had not played in the last 3 league game before this game, and he has displayed superb defensive power which caused Fulham to only had 4 goal attempts and Mignolet got clean-sheet. Although he didn’t make an important block or intercept, but his presence brings us joy because most of us really wants him to play again
2. Coutinho was fit already
Our little playmaker played 90 minutes, made 9 shots and 3 successful dribbles, but barely made a goal. Unfortunate for him, but his creativity is what we need for the upcoming match against our neighbor Everton in Goodison Park
3. Alternative formation
Liverpool played 4 defenders, a formation which brought us 3 wins and 3 cleansheets in the opening 3 games. Although the formation had not been used since our first league defeat against Southampton (Game Week 5), I’m surprised that the lads can do well with this formation. It means that Liverpool can play with 3 or 4 defenders depend on the opponent, rich in tactics and could be unpredictable for the opponent
I hope the International Break won’t bring us bad favor so the good form can still continue. YNWA !
- Yashasvi Diptivilasa (@yashasvid)
4 goals. 68% possession. 32 shots. 10 shots on target. You would think this was Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona playing, not Liverpool. Especially not the Liverpool we’ve become accustomed to seeing and moaning about for the past three years.
Except it was, wasn’t it. That was an absolutely magnificent performance. There was no dropping off of performance in the second half, no being pegged back for long periods (or at all), no late penalty heroics from Miglonet to ensure the points, no scruffy 1-0 and then ride out the game. This WAS death by football as envisioned by Brendan Rodgers. When we didn’t have possession, we were pressing for the ball constantly. When we had possession, we knew exactly when to play it forward and when to play keep-ball. We exploited the full width of the pitch and cut them through the middle. We kept a clean sheet and our goalkeeper had absolutely NOTHING to do in the entire game. We finally scored from a corner thanks to an exquisite corner by our Captain Fantastic. This was THE complete performance. Yes, I know, it was only Fulham, but Liverpool has struggled to put away teams at Anfield since 2008-09.
Jordan Henderson was absolutely royally, regally magnificent. He was sharp with his passing, grabbed an assist for Suarez’s goal with a slide-rule pass that left Fulham defenders for dead and crucially, pressed the opposition high up the pitch ceaselessly, covering probably every single blade of grass! Glen Johnson was magnificent on his return from injury, providing a constant goal threat and outlet on the right and offering genuine width. Steven Gerrard was at his imperious best, setting the tempo of the game like only he can and delivering some absolutely blinding balls into the box. Martin Skrtel and Daniel Agger looked back to the pairing of two seasons ago, when they were probably the best center back pairing in the Premiership. Coutinho was a vital cog in midfield, always available to receive the ball and making those little darting runs behind defenders. And obviously, we have by far the finest front two in the league. The SAS, cheesy as the term sounds, is giving defenders throughout the league nightmares!
But yesterday’s magnificent performance was even better than it actually was. One simple reason – bouncebackability. The memories of three painful seasons are yet to go. Rodgers alluded to it himself after the game, saying, “when I first came in here, there was vulnerability in games like this – there seemed to be nervousness around the group for some reason.” Well, has he gotten rid of that and how! Liverpool have now won the league game immediately after a league defeat for the ninth time in a row! That speaks volumes about the character of the side Rodgers is trying to build. It is also key to all hopes of turning Anfield into a bastion of invincibility yet again.
Rodgers is also playing it extremely smart in trying to avoid all talk of Liverpool being in the running for the title. We all know it is wildly optimistic, to say the least, but we need to at least keep taking advantage of slip ups by others. By neither ruling Liverpool in or out of the title race, Rodgers is not only keeping pressure off the players, but is also not displaying a lack of ambition. This is a fantastic manager, if I ever saw one. Rodgers will the first to admit that he needs a better record against the top sides in the division, but winning the remaining games should itself get us into the top 4. For a start. Another utterly pointless international break and then roll on Everton!
PS: Photo credit to @MostarLFC
Liverpool bounced back to winning ways with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Martin Jol’s Fulham side at Anfield. Steven Gerrard was at his vintage best, creating 3 of the 4 with Suarez netting twice (and arguably 3 times with the first going to Amorebieta as an OG), and Skrtel heading his first of the season.
Thank you to @MostarLFC for sending the videos of the goals. Suarez was claiming it however it was an own goal by Amorebieta.
Amorebieta Own Goal vs Liverpool by LFCmostar
Martin Skrtel made it 2-0 just a couple of minutes later.
Martin Skrtel Goal vs Fulham by LFCmostar
Luis Suarez makes it 3-0.
Luis Suarez Goal vs Fulham by LFCmostar
Early in the second half Luis Suarez thanks to another assist from Stevie G. makes it 4-0
Luis Suarez 2nd Goal vs Fulham by LFCmostar
Glen Johnson returns to the first team lineup and Coutinho starts.
Starting XI : Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Cissokho, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge
Subs : Jones, Enrique, Alberto, Moses, Sakho, Allen, Sterling
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Saturday Nov 9Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
After 10 games, Liverpool lay 3rd in the league. Five points behind leaders Arsenal, level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham. What can we, as Liverpool fans, expect from the squad?
If you said that Liverpool could fall back into old, inconsistent ways, I wouldn’t ignore you. After the dreadful performance against Arsenal, we all saw the flaws in Rodgers’ 3-5-3 formation. That being said, Arsenal are on form, they look like genuine title contenders. We shouldn’t become disheartened, we shouldn’t lose hope, nut we shouldn’t become complacent either.
With our next game against a woeful Fulham, having won only 2 games away from home this season, we will expect to go in, grab three points, and go home happy. This isn’t always the case though. Anfield is admirably becoming a small fortress once again, but the constant inconsistency that haunts the reds’ dressing room may creep up once again. Up to now, we have won the games we should be expected to win; we beat stoke in a dramatic season opener, we won against Aston Villa, and we even kept Manchester United at bay, snatching three points in each game. Each of these games, we had a solid 4-3-3 formation. Will Rodgers revert?
It’s not that the 3-5-3 formation has been unsuccessful, but with the pace of the Premier League, can it really be a viable situation? With the form of Kolo Touré falling short, we can expect to see Daniel Agger come in and replace him. We will most likely also see the return of the much missed Enrique for Cissoko. Flanagan will also probably be replaced with Johnson, who has returned from illness.
So will we continue with the attacking nature of the 3-5-3? In my opinion, we will; however after the international break (yes, seriously, there is another international break), we may see a familiar 4-3-3 come back. With that said, will Enrique and Johnson remain as wing backs in their mind? After all, it is seemingly tailor made for the Engand international.
What ever happens, we must not become complacent. It leads to inconsistency, which means points dropped, and then we all know the inevitable outcome of that; no European football – something out historic club simply craves. Right now, Rodgers is roaring to go. Same to be said about the squad. Later today, we will see whether we have passed yet another obstacle. If so, I think we may be able to become a recognised threat once again. Retaining faith is extremely important. Bare in mind though, it is Fulham, not Manchester City, Chelsea or Arsenal. Fulham – but lets not overdose on confidence, or a repeat of the Newcastle fixture could be played up.
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