Hmm…I guess it’s a good thing because we need a decent back-up goalkeeper?
What can you say. Poor defending plus less than stellar finishing equals another loss. Story of the season really. The biggest thing for me tonight is how much we miss Lucas, our only genuine defensive midfielder. Joe Allen is a great player but a defensive midfielder he is not and we were exposed time and time again because we didn’t have that one player marshalling the midfield just in front of the defenders.
I mean, it really says something when our best player was our backup goalkeeeper. Luis Suarez got our only goal of the game but if our finishing was better and our defending was at least decent, we’d have one this game.
MOTM: For me, most definitely Brad Jones. Do I believe he should be our number 1? No because he’s just as prone to the occasional clanger as Pepe has been this season. Tonight’s scoreline was not his fault however, the midfield and the defense were terrible in their positioning today and left him wide open more than once.
N.B. Joe Cole needs to go. There really isn’t anything more he can contribute to the club except eat a hole through our expenses. Stewart Downing had a good first half but then descended into his usual mediocrity in the second. If offers come in for Henderson, Downing and Cole, I firmly believe we should take them because I know we can replace them with better players for less expenditure.
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We don’t like to make things easy for ourselves do we? Also, another Liverpool win!
Starting line-up: Jones, Wisdom, Coates, Carragher, Robinson, Henderson, Sahin, Downing, Pacheco, Assaidi, Yesil.
(Look at how young that bench is)
The game started in absolute shambles. 3 minutes in, West Brom got a free-kick near the halfway line. Brad Jones came for the ball, got it, then proceeded to drop it right in front of a West Brom player. Tamas didn’t hesitate and he easily slid the ball into the empty net.
Then came Lukaku, who was giving Jamie Carragher the run around and most (if not all) Liverpool fans thought “Here we go again. We’re going to get hammered.” However, the young lads (as they showed against Young Boys) never got down on themselves and proceeded to play themselves back into the game. Oussama Assaidi, who was dangerous all night, lifted a great cross for Samed Yesil but unfortunately, the young German headed wide. The team got their passing game going and around the 30 minute mark, Nuri Sahin received the ball from Andre Wisdom and decided to take a speculative shot from 30 yards out.
How the West Brom goalie let that one, I’ll never know but it gave Sahin his first Liverpool goal and it galvanised the team further.
We kept the pass and move style going and we were definately the more threatening team going into half time. Assaidi, Sahin and Wisdom all looked good so far.
The second half began with us in the ascendancy and Dani Pacheco had a chance to give us the lead. He checked inside, and tried a long range curler which bounced off the post.
West Brom then began to have some possession of their own as they pushed forwards but the team weathered everything West Brom threw at them.
Around the 75th minute, Yesil and Pacheco were replaced by Suso and Jerome Sinclair (who became the youngest ever player to make his debut for Liverpool. JAck Robinson held the previous record). The substitution was inspired as not long after they came on, Suso got onto the ball, drove towards the goal before laying off a pass to Assaidi. The Morroccan squared the ball and Sahin was there to easily tap in his second of the night.
It was a great attacking move and it shows what we’re capable of as we continue to learn this new style. (How good is Suso looking though, the potential in him is mouth-watering).
West Brom pushed for an equaliser but they couldn’t get it as the team held strong for the few remaining minutes.
MOTM: Has to be Sahin. Looked so comfortable in the middle of the park and grabbed 2 goals for himself. Special mention to Wisdom and Assaidi who looked really good throughout the game, and Suso for bringing in the creative spark for the winning goal.
N.B. The ref though…atrocious is an understatement! Also, Downing has now twice been shown up by a bunch of teenagers. Place your bets as to whether he’ll be gone by January or by the end of the season.
A hectic day in the Liverpool camp began with a visit to Dunkin’ Donuts for Brendan Rodgers and two of his players.