Liverpool managed to get their first win away to Arsenal in 10 years on Saturday thanks to an own goal by Arsenal’s Ramsey and a late tap-in by Luis Suarez. That is two goals in two games for our Uruguay striker and one can say that he is not 100% yet after his summer exploits in the Copa America.
Going into the game on Saturday, there was a lot of shock among the fans when we saw that Suarez was on the bench but that just goes to show how tactically aware Dalglish and Clarke are as they opted to start with Carroll up front alone with support coming from the midfielders.
I have heard Arsenal fans already saying that we won because they went down to 10 men. That is not our fault! Even when they had 11 players, we were still bossing them. If Liverpool did not win that game, I would have been very upset as Arsenal offered nothing going forward with their depleted side.
Looking at Liverpool: I was highly impressed with Martin Kelly who came in at right-back ahead of Flanagan. Even Fabio Capello today has said that he liked what he saw of Kelly. Jose Enrique also put in a very good display for the Reds at left-back. He is proving to be a bargain buy for us. In midfield, Charlie Adam continues to pull the strings and I can not wait to see him play alongside Gerrard.
If there is a player who did not stick out for Liverpool in my opinion on Saturday, it was Henderson. I feel with time he will get better and get more used to playing in the Liverpool side. Stewart Downing is quickly becoming one of my favourite Liverpool players and he put in another good display on Saturday. It is such a joy to see a Liverpool player with so much pace and being able to dribble past defenders. The last time we had something that effective was Steve McManaman.
When Meireles and Suarez came on for Kuyt and Carroll, you could instantly see the difference these two made. Yet again, it is a joy to see such quality coming off the Liverpool bench this season as compared to seasons gone by when someone like Ngog would be coming on off the bench and expected to grab as a winner.