The Awesome Support
The match at Anfield yesterday showed just how awesome Liverpool’s support can be. The rendition of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ which was sung before kick-off was so loud and passionate that the decibel reader probably doesn’t have enough numbers on it to measure it. The players responded to this and produced a superb performance for about 50 minutes before United finally dug in and produced some goals.
Although Suarez did not get on the score sheet yesterday, he played well and looked a handful throughout. Fabio Borini’s subsequent injury during the game makes Suarez’s role in the side now doubly important over the next few weeks. What is positive about Suarez’s performance is that he seems to have worked on something new to baffle defenders that were starting to deal with him more efficiently. He ran between the lines of attack and midfield, linked up the wings and looks as though he’s got some goals in him.
Steven Gerrard led the club from the very front yesterday and showed that he will not allow any of his players to let their heads drop if something goes wrong in a game. The skipper scored the first goal when Liverpool were down to ten men following Jonjo Shelvey’s red card. This is positive for future matches where Liverpool are going to be up against it and it was clear to see what it all meant to Gerrard when he wheeled away to celebrate his goal in front of the Kop.
The stats show that what Brendan Rodgers is trying to do at Liverpool, in terms of the way the team plays, is working. Even though the home side played for 50 minutes with only ten men, they still retained more possession with 53% and had more shots on target with 13 efforts as opposed to United’s eight. Anyone who watches and knows football will admit that these are stats which suggest Liverpool can only go so long without completely destroying another side.
The Younger Players
The younger players in the side showed their true colours and performed far beyond the expectations of anyone. Joe Allen sat in the middle of the pitch and linked up both attack and defence. This allowed Gerrard to get forward and support Suarez throughout the match. Rahim Sterling was also brilliant and looks like a real talent. He was not overawed by the occasion, created chances, passed well and looks like he’ll be a Liverpool and England regular for years to come.
In summary, Liverpool in the first-half against United were unplayable. If they produce that every single game for the rest of the season, they will get close to the title race making suggestions of possible relegation completely laughable.