A look back at the win against Liverpool

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Aaron Lennon

So who is the coolest finisher? Jermain Defoe, Fernando Torres or Aaron Lennon? That’s right, it’s the short tramline headed Yorkshire terrier. Having started the game well down the right, Lennon’s influence had waned considerably in the second half. Still alert though in the ninety something minute it was he who showed the more vaunted strikers how it’s done when he caught Konchesky on his heels to collect Crouch’s flick and fire nonchalantly wide of Reina. Cue wild celebrations.

As a veteran of watching Liverpool when beating them was far more of a novelty than it is these days, this team sparked memories of Souness, Tommy Smith and Steve McMahon rather than Dalglish, Barnes and Rush. It was a case of speed and skill against skinheads and spitefulness as Modric and Bale in particular regularly found outstretched limbs owned by gurning baldies unfairly blocking their progress. Referee Atkinson dished out five yellows but it still wasn’t quite enough to totally put an end to the away team’s spoiling tactics as Johnson’s late hack at Bale proved.

We got the win but the game was much closer than the recent form & reputation of the two sides would have indicated. Liverpool broke well in the first half and at the start of the second with some neat passing and but for a hilarious miss by Maxi Rodriguez and a couple of efforts from Torres that made you wonder if you’d missed the transfer of John Carew to Merseyside, may well have taken an advantage of more than just Skrtel’s goal into the last third of the game. For the remainder of the second half though we forced them back and Meireles shot that just whistled by right at the end was untypical of the way things were going.

What was typical though in an outstanding display was Modric’s run and shot that led to our equaliser. His determination in first making sure he got on the end of Assou-Ekotto’s pass and then powering past Lucas, Johnson and Carragher and into the box was one of the best moments we’ve seen from him in the three years he’s been with us and is a mark of his current form. Skrtel’s touch that ended up in the net was needed as Crouch was waiting to sidefoot home Luka’s cross and it put memories of Defoe’s latest penalty miss and Meireles clearance off the line behind us.

The TV screens under the North stand at WHL display current scores & tables. Slightly curiously the latter are updated in real time so at the end of the first half showed Liverpool & us level on points and still behind Bolton. It shows how times have changed of course but also showed how close things are in the top half of the table, even with nearly half the season gone. The fact that thanks to Lennon we came out on top means that despite Bolton, West Ham and Wigan already turning us over, we’re still clinging on to the coattails of the top four. There’s a long way to go though.

By MF

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  1. I thought Modric was excellent but he had to be because Wilson Palacios had an absoloute stinker. We need to buy a holding midfielder, I don't think Parker is a goer but Lassana Diarra is a possibility.
    If we had Huddlestone in there yesterday's game would have been a lot more comfortable, it just shows that our squad is not quite there yet….

  2. I thought Modric was excellent but he had to be because Wilson Palacios had an absoloute stinker. We need to buy a holding midfielder, I don’t think Parker is a goer but Lassana Diarra is a possibility.

    If we had Huddlestone in there yesterday’s game would have been a lot more comfortable, it just shows that our squad is not quite there yet….

  3. buy:

    carrol 15 mil

    diarra 10 mil

    = 25 mil

    sell:

    kranjcar 6 mil

    keane 8 mil or pav love both keane and pav but think carrol would be perfect for spurs.

    palacios 8 mill

    = 22 mil sure we could spare 3 mill for that tittle challenge harry mentioned

  4. Never been a great Palacios fan but it is to his credit that he pulled himself together for the second half.

    Agree entirely with your comment about the 'new' Liverpool.
    With Gerrard out and an off form Torres they are not much more than a bunch of cloggers., Skirtle in particular, mind you Gerrard is no choirboy.
    Thank God they bought Koncheski.

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