What a result! What a game! It is matches like yesterday (Saturday) that make me proud to be a Liverpool fan. We dream of games like that and they do not come any sweeter than beating Manchester United.
Going into the match, I was confident of a victory especially knowing that United has some serious injury problems. When I saw their starting lineup, I was chuffed as it was a team that we could easily beat without most of their big name players.
But when I saw our starting lineup, I paused for a second a wonder, “What are you doing Dalglish?”
King Kenny had opted to go with three centre backs, Carragher, Skrtel and Agger. I wondered how they would line up and it was clear from the beginning that Carragher was to play as the defensive midfielder i.e. the Lucas role. I was shocked! I believed Dalglish has gotten it wrong and we could have lost because of that.
Many fans though that Carragher was bought in so he could take care of Rooney if he were playing but he was not, thus his job was to look after Paul Scholes and it is fair to say that Scholes had the better of Carragher as he controlled the game. When United took Scholes off, the game changed and we started to boss the midfield. Even if Rooney was playing, I do not think Carragher has the legs anymore to play as a defensive midfielder. In all honesty, Carragher had a terrible game as he never got into it. But you can not blame him, I blame Dalglish.
Thankfully, Dalglish saw his error early in the second half and decided to take the ineffective Carragher off and bring on Kuyt. If Dalglsih had opted to carry on with Carragher in midfield, we may not have gotten the winner and we may have actually lost that game as we were being run over in midfield.
The substitutes Dalglish made in the second half were excellent. I know many fans were shocked to see Gerrard come off for Bellamy but that was a stroke of genius only someone like Dalglish could have done. It was clear to see that Gerrard was getting tired and was becoming more and more ineffective in the game so why not take him off and let Bellamy have a go? In the end if worked out well for the Reds.
It is also worth noting how well Andy Carroll played yesterday. I am not the strikers biggest fan but credit must be given to him yesterday for playing a part in both goals. Hopefully his confidence is up now and he can build on that. He looks a much better player now as his first touch seems to be improving. In my opinion I think he needs to play with another player alongside him upfront. With Suarez coming back, hopefully the Carroll – Suarez partnership we have all dreamed about will finally start working.