Another game, another step to where Rodgers wants the team to be. This time around we faced up to Sami Hyypia’s Leverkusen.
Joe Allen also showed up at sat with some of the players who hadn’t been called up to the team today.
Starting line-up: Reina, Kelly, Coates, Carragher, Enrique, Lucas, Gerrard, Shelvey, Downing, Suarez, Sterling.
We started the first half really well and it paid off when Raheem Sterling cut in from the left and passed two defenders before curling his shot into the corner of the net.
It was a really well taken goal and surely signs of things to come from Raheem.
We continued to press the German team really well and we passed the ball around the pitch really well. As the half progressed, Luis Suarez has brought down at the edge of the box. Downing shaped up to shoot from the free-kick but he slipped into Luis instead. Suarez control let him down just at the last moment but the clearance reached Lucas for an easy tap in to give Liverpool their 2nd goal of the game.
He doesn’t score many does he? No wonder he looked so delighted!
We continued to play really well and keep the ball. The possession stats for the first half read 66% Liverpool - 33% Leverkusen. The key here though is that we used the ball really well and we moved it quickly to let players break into space and try to shoot towards goal which they did as much as they could.
The second half brought 5 changes as Henderson, Adam, Spearing, Robinson and Carroll checked in for Gerrard, Lucas, Enrique, Downing and Suarez. The style definitely changed with these players and we looked slower even though we still kept possession.
Carroll really stepped up though and tried to prove his worth to the team by banging in a goal with his left foot to give Liverpool a 3-0 lead.
He was guilty for the giving Leverkusen the only goal of the game as he tried an extravagant pass that didn’t come off and left his defense scrambling before the Leverkusen player curled the ball past Pepe Reina.
Overall, the team that played the first half were fantastic and I can’t wait to see more from them. Based on the second half, I feel that Adam (who gave the ball away and whose every set piece delivery) was terrible and Spearing (who’s passing wasn’t at all dynamic) could be leaving the club by the end of August. Today’s game also showed we desperately need another winger.
MOTM: I’d give it to Raheem as he looked dangerous every time he was on the ball and he got a goal for himself.