Chris was delighted with how Liverpool handled themselves in their 3-2 win over Man City despite losing the midfield for a spell 2nd half.
In all honesty, after Istanbul, it was the most exciting and worrying football game of my life.
Lose the game and I would be left heartbroken; we would probably not win the league and some other boring “spend 100 million pound” on a a Torres would win it. But it was not to be. Liverpool in reality for once, was replicating my dreams.
We showed the desire from the start. As a mere Liverpool babe (born September 1991, Liverpool) I had nothing but my tongue sticking out, 2-0 up… my dad on the other hand had a face of absolute panic. I speak of course about a man who has seen it all. Born in 1962 this man has seen Liverpool at their very best; a far cry from the Jan Kromkamp’s and Abel Xavier’s I have had to put up with.
At 2-2 it was anyone’s game, but the voice of a previously before sleeping giant screeched out in agony and Phillipe Coutinho made it 3-2.
At full time the words on both mine and my dads lips were the same.”We’re gonna win the league!”
I write this half cut (or drunk to a foreigners ears), half mad, but 100 percent totally in love with the liver bird that lays lovingly on my chest. I’m on cloud nine. And now you’re gonna believe us.
Adam feel like he’s aged 20 years from the stress, and got chinned celebrating the winner but loved the 3-2 win over Man City none the less!
By Brian Coleman (Twitter: @BCAColeman)
Perhaps no player would more willingly die for their club than Steven Gerrard. Thundering challenges, precise free kicks, calmly taken penalties, and an enthusiasm to rally the troops when the time calls- Gerrard does them all. Gerrard is quite possibly the only world class legend in the Premier League at the time being. A player with numerous international caps (and the England captain’s armband to boot), FA Cups, and the glorious Champions League medal- perhaps this is the year that the Skipper finally claims the elusive Premier League title. But is that all the silverware that Gerrard should collect?
After the two Christmas period losses to City and Chelsea (and the injury to Lucas), Brendan Rodgers made a tactical switch that we may look back on and say could be the reason Liverpool win the league. Dropping Gerrard from his more traditional attacking role into a deeper, defensive role has clearly panned out this calendar year- with Liverpool still unbeaten in 2014. But even more impressive than Liverpool’s current form is how well the team seems to have come together to push on and challenge for the league.
As a 33 year old superstar, Gerrard could easily have told Rodgers off and said he would only play in his traditional attacking role. But that was never going to be for the Stevie G that is serenaded by the Kop game in and game out. He bleeds LFC red and would do whatever it takes to help the team win. Gerrard welcomed his new role, even keeping true holding midfielder Lucas out of the match day squad with his performances. His ability to transition from defensively making brilliant challenges to spraying balls with pinpoint precision into the attack has helped Liverpool climb to the summit of the Premier League. It’s quite possible that Steven Gerrard in his new role is the only reason that Liverpool has been able to go unbeaten in 15 matches.
While the Premier League Player of the Season could easily be handed to Luis Suarez or even Daniel Sturridge given the seasons that the two have put together, I say it’s Gerrard who deserves the accolade most. His 10 assists place him second in the league only to teammate Suarez and his 13 goals have most often come at the most needed times- with Liverpool clawing themselves into the lead or back from the dead. While 10 of his goals have come from the spot, they’ve almost all come under immense pressure. Perhaps none was more pivotal than his 91st minute winner against Fulham. A loss to then bottom of the table Fulham may have ended our hopes of winning the league- but Captain Fantastic stepped up and calmly restored our faith. Gerrard’s two penalties helped to bury United, while two more against West Ham sent us top of the table and controlling our own destiny.
Just as important as his goals has been his defensive work, particularly in the last few weeks at risk of a yellow card accumulation suspension. While Gerrard’s most pointed out flaw tends to be his inability to control himself when going in on strong challenges, he’s made quite the modification in the last few weeks. With the risk of suspension for the City and/or the Chelsea games at home, Gerrard has tended to pull out of challenges that he would otherwise make. However, his defensive ability has seemed to improve as a result, with less missed challenges leading to opposition attacks.
But no moment for Gerrard has encapsulated what this Liverpool run has meant for him than when the final whistle sounded against City at Anfield. To see our 33 year old skipper brought to tears with the realization that four more cup finals will mean an end to our title draught epitomized what this season means to him. Corralling his teammates and urging them on for four more wins (even if what he said was “none of [our] business”) shows that Steven Gerrard is the engine behind Liverpool’s heartbeat this season.
In my opinion, no player in the Premier League deserves the Premier League Player of the Season award more than Steven Gerrard. While our little Uruguayan has been nothing short of magical and our younger Englishman has shown that he is a star in the making- the elder statesmen takes the cake. His drive and determination has willed Liverpool on time and time again. In Istanbul, he made us believe that with just 45 minutes, Liverpool are capable of anything, even the impossible. With no time at all, he clawed us back at Wembley with a screamer. With just 360 minutes left to go, you’ve got to believe that Steven Gerrard will continue to carry Liverpool on to glory.
Jubilant Liverpool fans sang “We’re gonna win the league” at full time after Coutinho gave the reds a 3-2 win over Man City!
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“This is gone, we go to Norwich, exactly the same”. The words of Steven Gerrard. A man possessed with a mission, a man with Liverpool FC in his veins, in his heart and in his soul. His words summed up the fact that the team, although close to the biggest prize, don’t quite have the grip on it that proclaims them as Champions of the Barclays Premier League. Liverpool overcame the title favourites Manchester City this afternoon at Anfield in an enthralling and emotional afternoon at Anfield. The level of the performance equalled the impeccable respect, paid to the memories of 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives almost 25 years to the day at the Leppings Lane stand at Sheffield United’s Hillsborough Stadium. The resolve of the team epitomised the vigour with which the search for justice has been fought.
The captain’s reaction to the final whistle after an excruciating five minutes of added time at the end of the 90 summed up the relief, jubilation, emotion and indeed motivation that was felt by a packed Anfield and the undoubted tens of millions watching across the globe. The 3-2 victory against Manuel Pellegrini’s side signalled Brendan Rodger’s men coming from title hopefuls to title probables and the heart-felt team huddle that ensued confirmed what we all knew going into this match. Rodgers and his men believe. They intend to win this title – against any odds and obstacles that come before them.
From the opening whistle, Liverpool set about their visitors with a purpose and application that showed they were going to have to work extremely hard and be at their very best if they were going to get anything at all from their hosts. After six minutes there was no better proof than the opening goal from the home side. Raheem Sterling remained calm under pressure from Vincent Kompany after picking up Luis Suarez’s through ball, jinking this way and that, before slotting past the helpless Joe Hart. 1-0 to the home side. The die had been cast. Liverpool were not content to rest on their laurels. The effect of an early goal against their opponents in their last meeting was clearly something Rodgers’ side has learned from and wanted to avoid. Respect was given but not liberty.
City were struggling to keep pace with the home side as Liverpool overran them in their now customary style. Two more chances went begging. The first on 14 minutes after more good work on the right wing from Sterling, who is growing into a more and more complete attacker with every game, culminating with a perfect early cross into the run of Daniel Sturridge between the two City centre backs. Unfortunately, the Reds striker could not punish his former team as his first time shot fizzed past Hart’s right hand upright. Again the red wave continued and on 25 minutes, Philippe Coutinho’s corner was met by a thunderous, point-blank header from Gerrard that was exquisitely pushed over from Hart. The visitors demonstrating they were not going to be “Arsenal’d” today.
The resulting corner however, led to Liverpool extending their lead. Gerrard’s corner from the left revealed the frailties of the visitors’ defending at set pieces. Martin Skrtel escaped the close attention of Kompany to flick a header back across goal and past the helpless Hart. The home side were now firmly in the driving seat, and City, like many before them this season succumbing to the venomous Anfield attack. Inevitably, the pressure subsided and Pellegrini’s men began to claw their way back into the game as half-time approached. With a minute of injury time remaining, the visitors almost struck back. The diminutive Sterling heading off the line from Kompany’s headed connection with Samir Nasri’s corner. Seconds later, Simon Mignolet dived smartly to his right to deny Fernandinho an almost certain goal.
Pellegrini sent out a different side in the second half and on 57 minutes the visitors were back in the game when David Silva converted James Milner’s cross. Five minutes later the visitors were level when the busy Silva shot across goal for Glen Johnson’s deflection to take the ball past Mignolet. Game on. The pendulum swung back Liverpool’s way on 78 minutes when Kompany’s suicidal sliced clearance in the city goal area landed in space for Coutinho to shoot first time past Hart. The hosts had restored their lead. Manchester City to their credit refused to lie down and continued to attack but to no avail. A clear penalty was missed by Mark Clattenberg late on when Skrtel handled the ball in the home penalty box and Jordan Henderson was dismissed for a reckless challenge in the dying minutes.
The final whistle blew after 95 minutes and a nail-biting finish to a frantic closing few minutes. Liverpool were jubilant. Manchester City, despondent. This helter skelter of a Premiership Season has taken not just, another twist, but another turn. A huge turn “The Other Guys” are now, “The Main Guys”. Brendan Rodgers men have the finish line in sight and victory is within reach. As Gerrard said, this game is over now. The City has been conquered. The Kop sang. Next.
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