columnist Steven Woodgate hails the performance of Ngog and feels that
Liverpool may not be in such bad shape upfront after all.
Oh my Ngog? Liverpool may not be in a worse off
position than they were last season after all.
If Fernando Torres was injured the Reds could always
turn to Peter Crouch to play up front, now he leads the line at Portsmouth so
they slashed big in the summer on a world-class striker. They brought in
exuberant striker Robbie Keane to enhance their title credentials and we all
know what happened next.
The premature departure of Robbie Keane back to
Tottenham Hotspur in January was baffling to say the least and Liverpool were
looking in worse state than their fourth-placed finish last term.
David Ngog first Premier League goal maybe give the
belief that Rafael Benitez is not a barmy as first expected and the sale of
Keane may not have been as bad as first expected.
Before the Sunderland game he looked nothing more
than a hopeless Ryan Babel, and Babel is quite hopeless. However, his starting
berth gave the young striker a fantastic showcase to show his worth and he duly
He was majestic and played light years ahead of his
own age to supply Liverpool with a real option up front.
He conjured up some superb flicks and brought many
of the midfielders into play. Even Javier Mascherano looked an attacking threat
from his unfavoured right back position, as he was able to make use of Ngog's
ability to create space to blast a few shots wide (Well you weren't expecting
Ngog's side-footed goal lifted a great deal of
expectation and anxiety off Liverpool's batted shoulders and they were in fear
of falling away from this title race without a trace. More importantly, it gave
breathing room between them and party smashers Aston Villa to make sure they
secure those desperate Champions League places.
Ngog has always been prolific in youth football and has
taken the first steps of becoming a real star on Merseyside.
Keane's departure may look less ridiculous now.
Benitez might have known what he was doing all along? I still doubt that very