It was never going to be pretty. Never going to be football, but we really did see two different teams out there. One played clinically, one played horribly. Guess who was who?
With 8 players on the field who at some stage of their Rovers Career played in the defensive back 4, named in the starting line up, memories jaded back to the thumping handed out by Arsenal. THis simply was not going to be football. Samba was deployed up front, in what semmed to be a 4-5-1 formation, or maybe a 8-1-1 formation. Whatever it was, it didnt work.
Liverpool, on the other hand, without Gerrard, were a joy to watch. Clinical, top class free flowing football. One, two touches, knock, move, switch, pass, shoot. It was like a training run for the Reds, with Rafa’s only dilemma probably being how on earth can Kuyt get on the score sheet.
The man they call El Nino showed the world why his 20 million pound transfer was a bargain. A lovely ball over the top found his chest, he turned, volleyed, over Robinson’s outstretched hand, almost tearing the net into pieces. Spectacular goal, 1-0 Liverpool after 15. Liverpool followed up by peppering the Rovers goal from all distances. Robinson was called into action, time after time, save after save, long clearance after long clearance. With the pressure building, a second was bound to come, to the Reds. Awarded a free kick on the left flank, a wicked flat delivery found the surging head of El Nino Torres, bang, 2-0 Liverpool. Rovers could count themseleves lucky to only be down 2-0, with Liverpool being wastefull, Dirk Kuyt missing 2 sitters.
Rovers did create some sort of semi chance, if you call it that. A long clearance from Robbo caused some confusion in the makeshift Liverpool Central Defence. Samba pounced but Reina’s outstretched glove prevented Samba lobbing his header into the Liverpool goal. 2-0 Liverpool at the break.
The second half continued in the same fashion, Liverpool continued to dominate, without their general Gerrard. Rovers introduced Doran onto the field, who was later followed on by Villanueva. Carlos immediately showed glimpses of what he can do, taking on the defence, single handedly dribbling through the field, however, at Anfield, the opposing midfield rarely shines. Grella was also introduced into the midfield, but it simply was not to be.
Rovers did manage to get a few shots on target, but Reina was up to it, saving efforts from Warnock, Villanueva and Samba. Whilst we couldnt get it in the back of the net Agger scored a goal of the season contender. Picking the ball up just inside the half, Agger turned on the accelerators, his driving effort from 30 yards swerving straight into the back of the net, 3-0.
Liverpool werent done their, Ngog wrapped it up, 4-0.
It wasnt pretty, and we were never going to get anything out of this game, but surely, a half-arssed effort would of been appreciated
I dont understand. We can play football. We can knock the ball around. Samba is not a striker, I dont care who is fit, or who is not fit, surely we have 1 or 2 strikers in our Reserves or heck, even our youth squad, who could of been given a shot. Samba was needed in defence, playing a 5-4-1 or 6-3-1 was never going to do anything. Liverpool were always gonna penetrate, and to the ease they did it with, shame Rovers, shame
Not all doom and gloom
I guess this result can be taken and moved on with, teams around us did their job and either lost or drew, with Boro gaining a vital 3 points in their bid to stay up.
Next up, Stoke at the Brittania