Editorials — September 27, 2011 00:43

Liverpool v Wolves – A Week On From Spurs

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Anyone remember the Spurs horror show from last week? It is safe to say that most of us are feeling much happier than we were a week ago. Renewed optimism? I think so.

The Reds had to pick up themselves up relatively quickly after that defeat at White Hart Lane, awaiting in the wings were Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday. This fixture had the potential of being a real banana skin for Liverpool.

On the back of a 4-0 defeat the last thing Liverpool needed a premature exit from the League Cup. If ever Liverpool needed a game to get the Spurs result out of their system, this would be an ideal opportunity to do so.

Games don’t come easy especially after a defeat and the Brighton game was no exception. It may not have been Premier League opposition but when you have to travel to Brighton, with TV cameras covering the game live, not to forget Brighton arguably treating the game as their cup final, this game had the hallmarks of another horror show.

Thankfully, it was far from it – Liverpool started very well, taking the game to the home side and showing glimpses of the pass and move mantra. There was urgency, there was slick movement and passing. Did Liverpool have something to prove? Absolutely! I am sure Kenny reminded the players who they were playing for… WE ARE LIVERPOOL FC!

Positive play from the start and Liverpool were eventually rewarded with a delightful finish from Craig Bellamy. Bellamy who made his first start since his return was reminding us of his talent and what he has in his locker. Bellamy’s thunderous 35yard free kick deserved more than a lick of paint. It was like he had never left the club.

Moments Define A Player’s Season

Moments can define a player’s season and there have been two moments which I wish would have gone in Liverpool’s favour. One moment obviously being Bellamy’s free kick and the other was during the opening game against Sunderland.

Sitting in the Anfield Road End, I watched Stewart Downing pick up the ball from the half way line. Downing then went on a magnificent run brushing Sunderland players aside before unleashing a venomous shot that went on to hit the crossbar.

Just like Bellamy, Downing deserved better, I think had that shot gone in we may have been comparing that moment to the great debut goal of Stan Collymore. Unfortunately, Downing continues search for his first goal in a Liverpool shirt.

Suarez And Bellamy

Every time I saw Bellamy during the game, Suarez was close at hand. They seemed to gel and work off each naturally. It was the first time they were playing together, but you could not tell that. Both were complimenting each other and linking up well. I most certainly saw the makings of a partnership developing between the two.

Bellamy’s pace and Suarez’s movement off the ball will cause defences problems and hopefully create more goal opportunities. It has been a long time since we had two strikers with pace, playing at one time on the pitch. Provided they are given more game time together, we could possibly have a lethal partnership on the cards.


In recent seasons it has been teams like Wolves who have denied Liverpool 3 points at home, we just have not been able to finish these teams off. We probably were not at our very best but we were however strong enough to claim all three points. Suarez proving again, he truly is different class. The composure and confidence in which he took his goal just highlighted the ability of our number 7 – tremendous!

After Wolves scored after the break, it did remain a very nervous second half, but The Red held off and a hard fought game was duly rewarded with 3 points.

Final Thoughts

What can be described as a long week in football, Liverpool are once again moving in the right direction. There were anxious periods during the Brighton and Wolves games and there is no getting away from that. However Liverpool showed grit and determination that carried us over the finishing line.

Character has always been a feature of any strong team and Liverpool showed signs that they will battle to the very end to secure the win.

Liverpool are by no means the finished article, and with the return of our inspirational captain the team can only get better. Stevie G will be eased back into the squad but from his two outings, he looks very sharp.

As I wrote last week, the team need time to gel, this still remains the case. The understanding between the players will increase over time and this will be reflected eventually during games. Already this season Liverpool have shown glimpses of beating anyone on their day. Once players start hitting form, momentum will build, and talk may suddenly be of Merseyside and not Manchester.

The mood is positive, the results have been positive – in Kenny we trust.


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