After the awful start to Brendan Rodgers rein as Kop boss where everything that could go wrong did go wrong Liverpool responded with a very impressive performance against the champions where two defensive errors cost The Reds a thoroughly deserved 3 points and had to settle for a share of the spoils. Liverpool’s tough start continued at home to Arsenal who found their finishing touch through new boys Podolski and the very impressive Santi Carzola to up stage the home team who are still trying to buy into Rodgers pass and move style. In truth Liverpool trying to play that style of football against a pure footballing team like Arsenal is the wrong way to go as you need to bully Arsenal teams to be effective.
It has been an emotional last week for everyone connected with Liverpool Football Club after the families of the 96 won their 23 year battle to have the documents regarding the Hillsborough tragedy where 96 Liverpool fans died during the FA Cup Semi Final against Nottingham Forest on April 15th 1989. With the documents being made public the reports showed that the Liverpool fans were not to blame for the events which was what the police and certain newspapers claimed. In fact it came out that over 140 police statements were changed to portray the impression that the fans were to blame shifting the blame from the West Yorkshire Police who didn’t police the game as they should have. With all of this information being released most Liverpool fans would have expected to see a response from the players when they travelled to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland for the Saturday tea time kick off.
Liverpool came out in custom made track suit tops with the number 96 printed on the back for the fans who lost their lives. The team continued the season as they started and failed to get the result after dominating the best part of the game. Opportunities fell to Liverpool time after time with Glen Johnson coming closest when he cut in off the left wing and curled a shot towards the top right corner to see it cannon back off the crossbar which is a sight far to familiar to Reds fans after they set a record for hitting the woodwork last season. One of the only bright sparks this season for Liverpool has been 17 year old winger Raheem Sterling and once again he showed why Brendan Rodgers rates him so highly with a flick around the Sunderland full back and whipped a dangerous ball across the box and with a bounce of a defender the ball fell to Suarez who tapped in to secure a point for his side.
There was a lot of positives to take from the game including Joe Allen’s continuing good form in the middle of the park next to inexperienced Jonjo Shelvey. Liverpool now find themselves in 17th position after 4 games without a win which is not how Rodgers would have wanted to begin his career at Liverpool and the fixture list only continues to make life difficult throwing a game with bitter rivals Manchester United this Sunday and with the tension still clear between the sides after the spat between Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra this could be a very ill tempered battle and is a game no one should miss!
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Written by Jordan Dean
I am a sport fanatic from the UK. Everything involved with sport intrigues me, from the tactical side of the games to the intense passion fans show week after week. Being from the UK I'm a huge soccer fan and Liverpool re my team but American sports for me are the pinnacle. American Football, Basketball and Ice Hockey have taken over my life in the past few years.