It is a good time being a Liverpool fan right now and I am enjoying every minute of it. I was a bit let down following the game against Manchester City on Sunday as I felt we should have won that game but last night (Tuesday), I was more than happy with the performance and the result against Chelsea.
It may only be the Carling Cup but I am glad we are competing in it and now stand a chance of winning some silverware come the end of the season. What was also encouraging to see is that we played a lot of our ‘second string’ players and we still managed to play very well.
There are very few players right now at Liverpool who you can say have been flops in a game. If you are to be overly critical of the performance yesterday, you can not look past Andy Carroll and that penalty miss. Yes, players do miss penalties but Carroll’s was poorly taken. What is it going to take to get Carroll firing for Liverpool? Scoring from the penalty spot would have been the best way for him but I guess he just needs to keep trying hard and not be disheartened.
On the positive side of the game, it was great to see Craig Bellamy start for the Reds following the Gary Speed tragedy and to top it off, Bellamy had a fine game for Liverpool, making both our goals. Many fans say that Enrique was Dalglish’s best buy of the summer but I think it was Bellamy as we got him for nothing and he has proved to be a top class addition to the squad with his experience and pace.
Lucas yet again put in another solid shift for Liverpool only to be stretchered off with what looks like a bad injury. Hopefully he will not be out for too long as he has become an critical part of our side. I loved the way he dealt with Torres for the whole game, our ex-striker flopped yet again and Lucas was largely responsible for that.
I enjoyed Coates display at the back, he looked like he had been playing in the side for many seasons and I feel more comfortable knowing that we have a young central defender like him to call upon when need be. We can not not mention Martin Kelly. If Kelly were in any other squad in the Premier League, he would be their starting right-back. We are blessed having both him and Glen Johnson to call upon. Credit to Kelly for also grabbing his first goal for the Reds yesterday.
Maxi loves playing in London! Yet again he grabs a goal against Chelsea following another fine display by the Argentine.
It is going to be a tough call to name a Man of the Match for this one but here we go…