Liverpool win!!…unconvincingly…

7 02 2009

It never looked like the reds would get 3 points from their game against a pompey side who was desperate to get out of relegation throes.

It was the Portsmouth side that broke the deadlock in the 64th minute through a David Nugent nugget. However, make shift central midfielder Fabio Aurelio capitalised on an indirect free kick (courtesy old red boy Crouch) to square the deal 1-1. Portsmouth went 2-1 up through Hreidarsson’s devastating header that saw Reina flail around to no avail. This prompted the introduction of Xabi Alonso. This introduction was to have the desired effect as the denouement would show.

Minute 75: Cometh the moment cometh the man; enter Fernando Torres!! After a midfield battle which involved Torres, Benayoun (who was outstanding) and Kuyt, Liverpool managed to get the ball into the pompey penalty box. Kuyt was given an impossible angle from a David James deflection which the dutch international put into the net to drag liverpool back into the game. 2-2!

At this moment it looked like Liverpool had saved face but lost the battle for the title. From Portsmouth’s point of view, it wasn’t a great result but any result that yielded upwards of 1 point would be gladly accepted, given their debilitating league position. However, from a late-in-the-second-half-trademark Liverpool surge, Torres got a trademark header on target to belie pompey’s efforts as Liverpool won the match 3-2 in the 91st minute. They also go top of the league, temporarily! It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for the reds but it was a great show of persistence from them.

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