Another three points for Liverpool on Sunday against West Ham as the Reds move back to the top of the Premier League. With five games left in the season, the destiny is still in our own hands as if we win all those five games, Steven Gerrard will be lifting the Premier League trophy.
West Ham provided a stern test for Brendan Rodgers’ men on Sunday and although Liverpool were not at their flowing best, we still managed to get the vital three points. They showed the qualities needed for a Championship side by winning when not playing well.
A knee injury to Daniel Agger forced Rodgers to play Mamadou Sakho alongside Skrtel. The French defender started off a bit jittery but as they game went on he looked very solid. It will be interesting to see if Rodgers recalls Agger if he is fit for the Manchester City game or he sticks with Sakho.
Prior to the game, Rodgers also said that Joe Allen was meant to start against West Ham if he were fit but instead he was only fit enough for the bench meaning that Sterling and Coutinho started. But in the second half, Rodgers decided to change things around and brought in Lucas for Coutinho as we switched to playing a diamond in midfield. Lucas played very well in the second half as we started to control the midfield.
As always Steven Gerrard was at his sparkling best in midfield and he easily slotted in both penalties for the Reds to give us the 2-1 victory. It was a rather off day for Suarez and Sturridge against West Ham as we have gotten so used to them scoring goals for fun. Suarez did hit the woodwork twice in the game though and was a constant threat to the Hammers defence.
It was a great team effort by the boys in red as we now look forward to Manchester City on Sunday. It is time for us to look at a man of the match for the West Ham game and a few candidates pop up; Skrtel was solid at the back as he took care of Andy Carroll, Lucas came on the do a very good job in the second half, Gerrard grabbed both goals from the penalty spot and Suarez was always menacing.