I have a close friend of mine who is a Blackburn supporter. After the game on Wednesday night against Chelsea, he was one of the first people to contact me and make fun of Liverpool. I reminded him that Liverpool were going to be playing his team (Blackburn) on Saturday and that he should prepare for a “Liva-Lash”! And after the final whistle yesterday, I sent him an SMS to tell him that we had given his Blackburn a “Liva-Lash” as I had predicted. After Wednesday night, I knew the lads had to bounce back and it was great that we had a game again so soon after the disappointment against Chelsea and a game against a very weak Blackburn team.
Before the game, there were concerns about Gerrard’s fitness and I think it was only right to rest Captain Fantastic and make sure he is ready for Tuesday night against Chelsea. Winning 4-0 without Gerrard just goes to show that at times we do not need our captain. But I must admit, Blackburn were very poor on Saturday!
You can not take anything away from Fernando Torres. Many have said he is the best striker in the world right now and after his first strike to make it 1-0 against Blackburn, I think the doubters will now have to admit that this guy is sheer class! Very few players in the game today can score a goal like that. That goal is being put on the same level as the great Marco Van Basten’s strike for Holland against the USSR. After that first goal and it being so early in the game we were cruising. A killer second needed to be scored and who pops up..Torres with a great header from an Alonso cross. 2-0 to the Reds at the break.
We hardly got out of first gear in this game which is good because we conserved some energy for the challenge that awaits us at Stanford Bridge. I was happy to see Agger get a start after all this contract talk. Agger is quality, especially when he gets forward with the ball at his feet. There are very few center backs in the world today who can strike the ball as sweetly as him and his goal yesterday just showed that. Another cracker of a left footed shot which has to be up there amongst the goals of the season. 3-0 up at this stage then David Ngog makes it 4-0 in the last minute with a tap in header.
All in all, a good performance which kept us in the title race. Just a pity Sunderland could not do us a favour and hold or beat Manchester United. We just have to keep on winning and wait for United to slip up some how. Walk on you Reds!