Football is a very cruel game as Fulham fans will tell you after that incredible game at Craven Cottage. Liverpool twice came from behind to level the game before clinching the winner through a Steven Gerrard penalty. In an unusual fashion, Gerrard took off his shirt and swirled it around over his head. I think that is a symbol of the belief, relief and expectation that the Liverpool squad know have. Players like Suarez, Toure and Gerrard have came out saying that Liverpool are challengers and I can honestly say that I feel we are too.
Despite Liverpool’s defensive frailties, the attacking prowess proved to be too much for a stubborn Fulham side. Danny Sturridge had to be at his best and thanks to his clinical finishing and quick footwork, Liverpool secured all 3 points to move within 1 point of third spot in the Premier League.
Toure’s mistake is inexcusable and I for one am sick of his mistakes. Regardless of the result, his mistake was awful as was Flanagan and Skrtel’s error for the second. Maybe that’s being harsh on Flano and Sktrel but someone has to call that ball. I hope that Agger coming back will add a little bit more reliability at the back as well as settling mine and other Liverpool fans nerves. Toure has been decent for the Reds but unfortunately he looks like he’s in a dream world sometimes and for a top 4 team that just cannot happen. Johnson is on his way back to full fitness but Flanagan cannot be dropped. Cissokho has been poor going forward but defensively he’s quite solid. Having said that, I’d sooner see Johnson left full or even Flanagan.
United, Arsenal and Chelsea dropping points makes the victory even sweeter. Liverpool are unbeaten in 2014 and are now only 4 points off top spot. I never could have imagined Liverpool would be in this position but Brendan Rodgers has created such an excellent attacking force. Liverpool’s sexy free flowing football has helped hide the fact that we are awful defensively. Liverpool don’t do clean sheets but if they did………
Another good point was the introduction of young Joao carlos Teixeira. The 21 Portuguese made his first senior appearance and looked very confident and wasn’t afraid to take chances. It’s good to see him get a run in the first team after his loan at Brentford only lasted a few weeks. (Brentford fell down the table and the manager wasn’t willing to risk playing a youngster)
Next up in the Premier League is Swansea at Anfield in the Premier League and hopefully we don’t have a repeat of what happened last time out. Jonjo is out so there should be less drama.
Happy days for Liverpool fans and long may it continue.