Liverpool have managed to score two great free-kicks in the last two games. Against Everton it was Luis Saurez and then on Sunday it was captain Steven Gerrard showing us that he too is still capable of hitting a decent dead-ball.
Of late, it seems like Suarez has been given more opportunities to take the free-kicks and the Liverpool striker has revealed on Liverpoolfc.com, what goes on between him and Gerrard when they are awarded a free-kick in striking range.
“When I have confidence on the pitch, I speak with Stevie. Sometimes he shoots, sometimes I do,” said Suarez.
“Against Everton, you hope for the perfect free-kick. I think it was a nice goal. I’ll try my best. If I score four or five [again], it’s important to help the club.”
So it all boils down to confidence. I take my hat off to Gerrard, that just goes to show how great a leader he is. As the captain, he surely has the final say and he could easily be telling Suarez not to take free-kicks and that he will do it himself. But I guess Gerrard has realised how good Suarez is at them and he gives him as many opportunities to hit them as he can.
The free-kick Gerrard scored against Hull on Sunday was the first one we have seen the skipper score in a while and I guess he was the one feeling confident at that time. It is great to know that we have two deadly options behind the ball when we are awarded free-kicks in striking range.