Yet again, Liverpool caused my heart to race up and down yesterday! To start off with, I am glad we got the 3 points and went to the top of the table. As I write this, the West Ham – Manchester United game is about to kick off and off course I will be behind West Ham for this one. I will say that when I saw our starting eleven walk out yesterday against Portsmouth I was not only shocked but concerned. It is not every game we start with 3 centre backs in Carragher, Skrtel and Agger and I wondered what the heck was Aurelio doing playing in central midfield. I will not even go into seeing Ngog starting upfront, I really do not rate him highly.
For me it just went to show that we may have a good squad but it is not good enough. We lack quality in the squad. It can be seen when a key players is injured or rested that we struggle. But hats off to the guys that played, they got us the 3 points.
I can not believe how Ryan Babel missed the sitter in the second half that would have given us a 1-0 lead. Babel says he wants to be a striker but in being a striker you have to score goals and if you are missing sitters like that then there is a problem. If Babel has scored that goal we probably would have cruised to a 2-0 win. But as football goes, we got punished for that miss and Portsmouth went on to score. I watched the game in a pub full of Manchester United supporters and you should have heard the cheer that came with the Pompey goal. Thankfully Aurelio silenced them when he equalised. Then the roar went up again when Portsmouth made it 2-1. At that stage I was dejected and actually thought of leaving the pub and going home but I still had a glass full of beer and I thought I should just stay and get my monies worth for the beer.
The game changed for us when Alonso, Kuyt and Torres got onto the field. You can just see the quality these players have. When Kuyt got us the equaliser I was over the moon as I could atleast walk out the pub with a but if pride. And when Torres got the late winner I ran around the pub as if I was the one who had scored! It is not the first time this season we have left it late to win. I will not complain if the rest of the season ends with these late wins, as long as we are winning.
Now we have a break and hopefully the lads can rest their legs for a bit. Carragher is visibly tired and thank goodness he has quite England and he can rest for the next few days, he really needs it.
All in all, not the best performance we have put in but we got the result.