One day, I’ll sit back after a
game feeling relaxed and calm. Yesterday was not that day. As per usual the
reds produced a goal fest, eventually coming out 4-3 victors over . Swansea City
out of the traps very quickly. Swansea
were overwhelmed by the speed and precision of our attacks, and consequently we
were 2-0 up after just 20 minutes courtesy of goals from Daniel Sturridge and
Jordan Henderson. The first, coming in the 3rd minute, was the
result of an exquisite pass by Raheem Sterling. He curled it with the outside
of his right foot, and it fell beautifully into the path of Daniel Sturridge.
He never looked like missing- indeed, Suarez was celebrating before the shot
had even been taken! Sturridge rounded the keeper and slotted the ball home.
For the second, Sturridge turned provider. He showed some nice skill out wide
and then passed the ball to the feet of Henderson.
The 23-year old then placed the ball perfectly into the top corner; Vorm could
only watch on in despair.
So far, so typical of
Sadly, the turning of the tide was also horribly predictable. The selling of
Shelvey to Swansea
was clearly a good bit of business on our part (see my views from the time here:
, but he was always going to come back to haunt us. So it proved, as he started
the Swans’ comeback with a one-touch curler into the top corner from outside
the box. It was a spectacular goal, and he showed some class by not celebrating
it. This class was matched by the Kop, who applauded him. In an ever more
cynical game, it was extremely nice to see from both Jonjo and the fans. The
next goal was nowhere near as classy, but just as predictable. A defensive
error from (you guessed it) Martin Skrtel left Mignolet helpless to stop Bony’s
All of this took place within the first half an hour, so fans were left trying to catch their breath! However, Sturridge wasn’t letting us take a breather for long. After a beautiful chipped ball into the box from Suarez, he headed home emphatically from close range to give
their lead back. They took this lead into the break, but once the game got back
underway it didn’t stay intact for long! Skrtel has been making us anxious all
season by wrestling with attackers, and on this occasion he was penalised. It
was a little harsh, but within the rules of the game Liverpool
didn’t have too much cause for complaint. Bony took the penalty, and though
Mignolet went the right way he couldn’t quite get a hand to it. This made it
3-3. Shortly after this, Brendan Rodgers opted to take off attacking threat
Raheem Sterling for midfielder Joe Allen. As we needed a goal and Sterling has been in such
fine form of late it did seem a little odd, but after the Texeira switch when
we were at 2-2 against Fulham and needed a goal I have resolved never to doubt
Rodgers’ wisdom in substitutions again! He once again proved why he is the Liverpool manager and I’m not, as Allen brought us a lot
more midfield control, which in turn led to creation of more attacks. In the 74th
minute this brought us the goal we needed. Suarez scuffed his shot and it
deflected into the path of Henderson.
He saw his first shot saved, but made no mistake on the rebound.
After this, in quite un-Liverpool style, the reds had little trouble holding on to the lead. This hard-fought win is very important- after the game had finished Tottenham suffered a shock defeat at the hands of
Norwich, leaving us 6
points clear of 5th place. Our Champions League place is
consequently looking pretty secure, so now we can switch our focus more to the
teams above us. With 11 games still to go the title is by no means out of reach
for us, though it will have to be a close to perfect run-in. Still, if we can
keep grinding out results such as these, then anything is possible!
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