Luis Suarez ended his mini-drought to score on his 100th Premier League appearance after a lucky bounce saw the striker finish first time past Artur Boruc. The Saints had a number of chances to equalize, and in a second half-flurry they nearly did, but a timely substitution from Brendan Rodgers saw Raheem Sterling double their lead within 80-seconds of coming on. The hosts did little to press Liverpool after that, and when Jose Fonte fouled Suarez deep into injury time, Reds captain Steven Gerrard sealed the points from the penalty spot with an emphatic finish. Eleven years without a win at St. Marys’s? Reset that counter.
It’s not often that you see the Reds concede three at Anfield, but we saw Swansea City’s quality in the reverse fixtures when the two sides ran out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium and the Welsh side showed it again today. Two goals in four minutes from the Jacks nullified a spectacular opening twenty minutes from the hosts, and when Daniel Sturridge scored his second to put the Merseysiders ahead at the break, Wilfried Bony was on hand to slot home from the spot not long after the restart.
They say that revenge is sweet, but this helping was tempered with just as much sugar as salt. In an end to end display, the hosts were certainly second best to a Liverpool side that continued to create, but surprisingly failed to capitalize. In a lot of ways, it’s hard to see how we could have done much better; the line about needing luck to win football games is usually trotted out by managers who have only straws to grasp at, but that intangible was the only thing missing from our game today — well, that and Howard Webb was the official.
A Kolo Toure own goal less than ten minutes in set the tone of what was a nervy visit to London for Brendan Rodgers men. Daniel Sturridge pulled the Reds level just before the break after latching on to a delightful pass from Steven Gerrard, but former Manchester United winger Kieran Richardson, who forced the own goal with cross that took a bobble on the bumpy pitch, was on hand to capitalize after Martin Skrtel’s attempted clearance went awry. Philippe Coutinho pulled the visitors level for the second time with a well struck drive before Steven Gerrard secured the points – and Brendan Rodgers blushes — in dramatic fashion as the clock rolled onto the 90-minute mark.
Its been a while since I wrote a blog, so feel that this is well overdue. What a couple of home games thats been at Anfield. Simply unbelievable….
Somethings changed at Anfield. Somethings different. Maybe it’s the red nets? Maybe its the old ‘This is Anfield’ being hung back in its rightful place? or maybe its quite simply belief. Belief from the stands spilling out onto the pitch. Visiting teams look beaten when they are warming up, we actually look one nil up before the game has kicked off- and this is how it used to be. The energy being generated on the Kop is at a different level of late, and the players are responding accordingly. I said to my son as we left the ground on Saturday that I genuinely feel that we could beat any time in the world at Anfield at this present moment in time.
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