Liverpool win 2-0… again.

30 01 2010

Liverpool are getting into the habit of vacillating between 2-0 victories at home and lackluster draws away. Luckily for them, today was the 2-0 victory day and it couldn’t have come at a more crucial time as they took on Bolton Wanderers.

Dirk Kuyt scores Liverpool's first. www.soccernet.com

1-0 at half time courtesy Dirk Kuyt. http://www.soccernet.com

Liverpool presented an attacking facade with Riera and Aquilani playing along with Kuyt in midfield, ably supported by the ever attentive Argentine, Javier Mascherano. This positive attitude did help the reds as they went 1-0 up in the game thanks to a Dirk Kuyt tap in, in the 36th minute, from an Alberto Aquilani header but not before Sotirios Kyrgiakos made a handy goal line clearance of Bolton’s newest player Cheung whose name I am quite sure that I’ve messed up.

The second half saw the reds come out of their shell as they played more like the vice-champions that they were last season as they bludgeoned the Bolton back four regularly. This persistence did yield Liverpool’s second goal and Emilano Insua’s first,  for them although it came of a gaping deflection of Bolton work horse, Kevin Davies, in the 70th minute.

Soon Insua was replaced by, you’ve guessed it, Lucas and the somewhat effectual Albert Riera came off for Maxi Rodriguez who is yet to find his feet in the English game.

And hello!!!! Ryan Babel showed signs of making a special appearance on the 84th minute and he did come in for David Ngog. With less than a minute of regular time to go Emiliano Insua demonstrated his recent improvement as he contrived to place a cross close enough for Maxi Rodriguez to get his first goal in a red jersey but it was not to be, at least not today.

This was a good match for Liverpool with every player in Red, in the final third taking potshots at goal in the 92nd minute. Three points for Liverpool. Three crucial points as Liverpool extended their unbeaten run to 6 matches. It would have been better if some of these unbeaten games were victories. However, the race for the fourth place is still on.

The Merseyside derby comes up next week with an all important match against Arsenal a week later. Will Liverpool maintain their current momentum? I hope so!

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