What can I say? Great result by the Reds yet again in Europe. Going into the match I was not concerned a lot about this match but last night I decided to put my feet up on the couch and for once watch a Liverpool came without my heart racing. When I saw our starting eleven, I knew Rafa felt the same way as I did about the game and seeing Stevie G sitting in the dugout with his feet up made me even more relaxed. It is always great to see some of the fringe players getting a run and the highlight of the evening must have been seeing the three young lads: Kelly, Darby and Spearing on the field at the same time in a Champions League game.
I have always been a fan of seeing local grown youngsters forcing their way into the first team. But in todays game and all the money going around, it is very rare for the guys coming through the youth team to become first team regulars. But with that said, I feel Darby stands a good chance to make that right back position his own in the coming years. I have been highly impressed with him and last night he also put in a decent performance.
When PSV took the lead from our poor marking from a corner I was disappointed as it should not have been a corner in the first place and we failed to deal with a corner. We have been pretty solid at defending corners this season. But then at the stroke of half time Babel got a deserved equaliser for us. I feel that goal could just give Babel more confidence to push on this season especially since he has now declined that he wanted to go back to Ajax on loan.
Riera who has been getting a lot of stick from us over the last couple of games put in a good performance last night and rounded it off with a cracker of a goal to take us 2-1 up. Then to round off the win Ngog got his first goal for Liverpool after a brilliant pass from Robbie Keane. I am not the greatest fan of Ngog as I can not see what he can offer us upfront. But maybe give him some time and he will come good.
Yet again Robbie Keane failed to get a goal but you can not fault his trying. What irritated me though about Keane was that he was constantly shouting at Babel or Ngog whenever they did not give him the right pass. It was visible that Keane was highly frustrated last night. Keane needs a goal and he needs it soon.
All in all, great result for us and it meant we finished top of the table. It really doesn’t matter who we get in the draw as we will be playing the second leg at Anfield which is always a good advantage.