Sunday, 26 August 2012

Liverpool v Manchester City

After the disaster against West Brom last week, Liverpool sat bottom of the league at kick-off today and looked to kick start the season. Surprises in the starting lineup as Raheem Sterling made his first start in the Premier League and Coates was preferred to Jamie Carragher.

 The game began with a negative for Liverpool as Lucas went off injured after four minutes to be replaced by Jonjo Shelvey, (minor thigh injury). Both teams started well but the best chance fell to Liverpool as a Raheem Sterling cross needed a touch from Fabio Borini to go in and no connection was made. Anfield hearts stopped on 19 minutes as Carlos Tevez's shot took a minuscule touch off Reina to scrape the post and bounce back into play keeping the score goalless.

The breakthrough came on 34 minutes as Steven Gerrard's swinging cross was sliced by City's Kompany over Joe Hart narrowly avoiding an own goal but leading to a corner, in came the corner from Gerrard and GOALLLLL! 1-0 Liverpool as Martin Skrtel powers in a header to score Liverpool's first league goal of the season and cap a period of dominance in possession which was something which rarely happened last season.

The dominance continued and Liverpool ended the half leading 1-0 and with great confidence for the next 45 minutes. Halftime and we are beating the reigning champions = Brilliant.

The lead ended on 63 minutes as a failed clearance by Martin Kelly reached Yaya Toure who buried the equaliser and make it 1-1. City's delight came to a sudden halt on 67 minutes as a free kick awarded after a Kolorov handball saw Luis Suarez rocket the ball past Joe Hart and regain the lead for Liverpool and cause Anfield to erupt, 2-1 Liverpool.

Another Liverpool mistake and City equalise again, Skrtel back passes straight to Carlos Tevez, and Tevez slots past Reina to make it 2-2 on 80 minutes. Jonjo Shelvey nearly regains the lead for Liverpool but his shot sailed over a minute after the equaliser.

The score remained the same till the end and what should have been a massive win resulted in a reasonable draw. Before the game, most Liverpool fans myself included would have taken a draw but after leading twice and in front with ten minutes to go, a draw is a slight disappointment as it leaves us 16th and with our next league game against Arsenal also at home surely it is a must win to give the season a push in the right direction .

Next game is against Hearts in the Europa League Play-off second leg so hopefully my next blog will be with us safely in the group stage draw.