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Monday Mar 24Posted by: Guest Writer Comments Off
Reds within touching distance of a surprise title.
This weekend’s victory over Cardiff was, it would be fair to say, expected, though credit must go to the Welsh side for the three goals they managed to bag, against any other side that probably would have guaranteed them a much needed victory.
However, it wasn’t to be as the Liverpool side they faced sought to confirm themselves as genuine title contenders.
With a game in hand on current leaders Chelsea, the pressure will be on the Blues to maintain their fragile four point lead, and though a 6-0 win over Arsenal will do wonders for their confidence, last week’s slip up at Aston Villa proved that they are not untouchable.
The Reds still have encounters against Chelsea and third placed Manchester City to come, where they can prove that if you want a job doing right then you have to do it yourself rather than count on other teams to do your dirty work for you, and the form of the terrible twosome up front will be in need more than ever.
It won’t be long before people begin to run out of superlatives for Suarez and Sturridge, as their partnership now borders on the telepathic (Sturridge’s back heel to find Suarez for Liverpool’s fourth is only a testament to that).
The pair combined again for the fifth before Suarez cleverly used to surging run of the England international to confuse David Marshall only to slip the ball past him and wrap up a good afternoon’s work.
However, thanks to a brace from centre-back Martin Skrtel, it will be warming to know that they have goals coming in from all positions on a regular basis. The midfield is more than capable of adding a few more to their own tally too.
Manchester City will remain a threat, at least until the two sides can meet and duke it out on April 13th. Pellegrini’s men still have three games in hand over Chelsea and are themselves only six points adrift, but they have been known to capitulate on the road, and have their own weaknesses at the back that can be exploited rather easily.
It’s in Liverpool’s hands now, they have a relatively kind run in from now until the end of the season, those two tricky fixtures aside, and providing they don’t allow themselves much room for daydreaming, then there should be no reason why they don’t have their hands on that coveted Premier League title come May.
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With three wins out of three consecutive away games, two clean sheets yet still three conceded on Saturday against the team second from bottom at kickoff, and 12 goals scored in the process, Brendan Rodgers’ title challengers return to some home comforts this week, starting off with a visit of Gus Poyet’s Sunderland side to Anfield on Wednesday night, before Tim Sherwood brings his Tottenham Hotspur side to Merseyside on Sunday.
Liverpool’s defence looked to have turned the corner after two fine displays at Southampton and Manchester United, keeping both out and generally looking quite comfortable, especially against United. However on Saturday, they allowed the home side to go in front twice, as well as giving away a consolation goal near the end when the Reds were seemingly firmly in control.
Martin Skrtel will come away with most of the plaudits amongst the defenders at Cardiff, with Glen Johnson not far behind. Even then, it was the attacking sides of their game that is mentioned. Skrtel scored Liverpool’s second equaliser just before half-time with a striker-esque goal, before powering home a far post header to give Liverpool the lead. Johnson finally looked like his old self, driving forward on the right wing and having a hand in Luis Suarez’s first two goals.
Shaky Once Again
However, along with Daniel Agger and Jon Flanagan, the whole defence looked shaky yet again. Cardiff’s first two goals came from Liverpool’s left, and admittedly both could be attributed to Joe Allen. For the first, he misplaced his pass to Flanagan which allowed Frazier Campbell to nip in and cross for Jordan Mutch to finish low in the corner. For the second, Allen failed to pressure Mutch, who had time to send the ball down the channel toward Campbell. The former United man managed to outfox Agger and send the Cardiff City Stadium to raptures for the second time.
To be fair, with Allen playing in a slightly tucked in position on the left of the diamond, Cardiff found it easy in the early moments to overload on that flank and outnumber Flanagan. Rodgers will surely have to look at this aspect and give more support to the left side when defending, maybe pulling Daniel Sturridge or Suarez back when not in possession of the ball.
The forward line looked magnificent again, especially in the second half, looking a menace every time they pushed forward. But yet again gave Cardiff an easy consolation. Kevin Theophile-Catherine had enough space and time to cross from the right side of the penalty box to substitute Kenwyne Jones, who was supposed to be marked by Skrtel. Jones cushioned his header down to Mutch, who was supposed to be picked up by Agger, and Mutch cooly headed past Simon Mignolet. Another poor goal to concede, and yet again Rodgers have to look to solidify his defence ahead of Sunderland’s visit.
Another Tactical Change?
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Fortunately, Sunderland’s form player, Fabio Borini, is ineligible due to being on loan from Liverpool. Still, Adam Johnson’s form in the last couple of months has been sensational and will look to use this game as a platform to revive his World Cup chances, and Poyet might look to use his flying winger to torment Flanagan. This is one key area where Sunderland will threaten, and with Liverpool’s left side looking vulnerable on Saturday, Rodgers has to find a way to shield this area.
This may be a crazy thought, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lucas Leiva return to the team at the expense of Allen. Whether on the left with sole responsibility of protecting Flanagan and Liverpool’s left side should Rodgers stick to his midfield diamond, or sit beside Steven Gerrard should Rodgers switch to a narrow 4-4-2, with Jordan Henderson coming inside from the right to form a midfield three when defending.
Personally, I would play Raheem Sterling ahead of Philipp Coutinho, and get him to run at or beyond either full-backs, more specifically at Phil Bardsley, who is an easy target to collect a booking and possibly a sending off. The rest of the team will more or less line up the same as always, and as usual the Reds will look to send the ball to SAS as fast as possible, to allow them to isolate Sunderland’s centre backs John O’Shea and Wes Brown, who are good in the air but slightly suspect when one-on-one. If Liverpool manage to do this, they should comfortably prevail and continue their magnificent home record.
Sloppy defending coupled with exquisite finishing was the order of the day as Liverpool and Cardiff City served up a nine goal treat to keep the fans on the edge of their seats and make problems for those with coronary complaints. Two goals a piece for Jordon Mutch and Martin Skrtel, a Luis Suarez hat-trick and a goal each for Daniel Sturridge and Frazier Campbell provided the entertainment in a thrilling match.
As with most a Liverpool fans, I was confident of a win and didn’t really expect to see Cardiff register one goal, let alone three. The first from Mutch was equally down to poor defending – yet again from Liverpool, as it was the quality finishing from Mutch. Following a suicide back pass from Joe Allen that allowed Frazier to play the ball into the path of the scorer. The amount of space allowed by the Liverpool defence, and the apparent reluctance to press on the edge of the box was again Liverpool’s failing. However less than ten minutes later, Liverpool were level. Jordan Henderson’s ball into space for the overlapping Glen Johnson who’s centre was tapped in easily by Suarez at the near post. 1-1.
On 25 minutes Liverpool were again guilty of leaving gaps in the defence large enough fir a No. 36 bus to breach. Campbell done exactly that and latched onto the pass from the impressive Mutch to cut across the visitors’ shambolic defence to slide home his sixth Premiership goal of the season and the hosts’ second. 2-1. Liverpool responded by trying to get balls in behind the Cardiff defence and thus began to turn the tide of the game. As half time approached one sensed Brendan Rodgers’ men would recover and, recover they did as Skrtel poked home to level on 41 minutes from Philippe Coutinho’s dangerous ball into the home team’s penalty box. 2-2.
The break gave the visitors a chance to regroup, regain focus and play in a manner more befitting of a team challenging for the league title. Through similar fashion to the equaliser, and again through Skrtel with his second of the game, heading home from Coutinho corner. 2-3. After that, it was the Suarez and Sturridge show. The SAS as they’ve now come to be known, swept aside the home side with some devastating link-up play between them. As clinical as the formidable, stealth-like unit after which they’ve been nick-named. And, I’d like to add, far more so than any previous impostors with the same name!
Sturridge picking up the effervescent Johnson’s centre and playing an audacious back-heel pass in to the stride of Suarez… 2-4. Following another 15 minutes of continued pressure, the deadly duo struck again. Johnson’s 40-yard pass on 75 minutes turned defence into attack and found Suarez moving into the vacant left side flank. His neat control and strength was too much for the marking City defender and as he raced through, Sturridge was on hand to meet his partner’s centre and tap in. 2-5. If there was any doubting the outcome of this encounter, surely it was erased now. The visitors were out of site.
Mutch grabbed what can only be considered a consolation in the 88th minute, heading in Kenwyn Jones headed lay off but by now, the damage was done and there was no way back for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from here. 3-5. No sooner had the home side clawed back a modicum of respect, the SAS struck again on 90 minutes to close the proceedings in style. A long punt upfield from Skrtel found Suarez again in acres of space on the left flank. As he dribbled toward goal with only the keeper to beat, the following was inevitable. A little shimmy and a drop of the shoulder. 3-6.
There’s no doubting that Liverpool made this unnecessarily difficult for themselves in the opening stages. The amount of space afforded to the home side was unforgivable and deserving of being punished twice. Young Jon Flanagan will surely learn from that as both errors came from his eagerness to get forward. There also appears to be a reluctance, on occasion for Liverpool to close opposition players down on the edge of their own box. For what, the good Lord only knows. What we all know though, is that this has to stop if and more likely when, they are facing the quality opposition that will inevitably arrive with playing in the Champions League.
For now, Liverpool remain in the mix and a 19th title is certainly not beyond them. As Brendan Rodgers said after the game when asked if he’s “Got to say now you can win the league?”, his response was, quite rightly “No, we’ve got to say we’ve gotta win the next game, and that’s our focus”. Never a truer word said. The focus in now on Wednesday night at 8pm when Sunderland come to Anfield. Let’s see where we are after that.
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