What a game we had at Anfield this afternoon; an end-to-end, frantic and exciting 90-minutes between two attack-minded and defensively woeful sides.
Liverpool put a huge dent in Man City’s title hopes – a win would’ve seen the Citizens go to within two points of Chelsea – and, in truth, were well worth the victory.
Jordan Henderson got the ball rolling with a sublime finish that added to the talk that the former Sunderland man could replace Steven Gerrard.
City responded through an Edin Dzeko goal – which should be remembered for the wonderful assist from Sergio Aguero – but Philippe Coutinho’s second outrageous goal in a matter of days, settled the affair with Joe Hart unable to do anything as the former Inter Milan midfielder sent the ball into the top corner.
Liverpool now move level on points with fourth-placed Arsenal and although the Gunners play Everton later today, the Reds will have real belief they can bag their all important top four spot.
Dejan Lovren’s high profile summer move from Southampton to Liverpool was meant to sure up a side that played with the mentality during the 2013/14 of ‘we will just score more than the opponent’.
The former Saints man hasn’t had the desired impact and, combined was the haphazard Glen Johnson, Kolo Toure and Martin Skrtel, it looked like it was going to be a long season for the Reds. However, Liverpool are now the only Premier League side yet to make a defensive error since the turn of the year.
Sure, Liverpool would’ve been gutted to exit the competition that now guarantees the winner a place in the Champions League, however, they certainly won’t miss the Thursday kick-offs in the obscure corners of Europe plus the long trips. It is a bizarre thing that clubs struggle to win their next Premier League game after a Europa League clash but it certainly seems to be thing.
All Brendan Rodgers has to do now, is focus on bagging that top four spot; he will also be plotting FA Cup success and seeing as the Reds have a nice tie against Blackburn Rovers in the quarter-final, their continued run in the competition will surely only serve to increase their belief and good form.
Brendan Rodgers surprised us all by naming four strikers on the bench, with Mario Balotelli, Daniel Sturridge, Fabio Borini and Rickie Lambert failing to make the starting XI.
Sturridge is the man the Reds have been pining for all season, with injuries hampering the England international, but Rodgers is obviously worrying about rushing the former Man City striker back.
Mario Balotelli has started to find his goalscoring boots with important goals in recent clashes against Tottenham Hotspur and Besiktas.
Bagging three points without an out-and-out striker starting the match will be music to Brendan Rodgers’ ears.