Blackburn beaten by Liverpool’s class alone

28 02 2010

Liverpool took on Blackburn Rovers at Anfield in an attempt to resurrect their failed season with a fourth place finish at the least. It was the visitors who started with verve and the reds were on the back-foot for large portions of the first 20 minutes until some spectacular one-touch football that Liverpool was Liverpool’s forte last season kicked in with Yossi Benayoun providing Steven Gerrard with an amazing pass on which the latter capitalized in style putting Liverpool 1-0 up after about quarter of the game.

Liverpool hadn’t conceded a goal in over 6 hours at Anfield but this statistic was to change unfortunately. Jamie Carragher handled the ball in the penalty box and Blackburn made no mistake from the penalty spot. This put a damper on Liverpool’s festive mood but not for long! Fernando Torres announced his return with a goal from Maxi Rodriguez’s assist. Blackburn goalie was caught napping but that didn’t change the fact that Torres is really important to Liverpool’s plans. By the way, Blackburn had also garnered a rather nice reputation of not giving away too many goals cheaply.

At the half-time break Liverpool spared themselves the embarrassment of a 1-1 score line which could have been devastating in the current climate that has been so terrible for them.

The second half started with all the energy that is possible from a Liverpool v Blackburn game, which is quite a lot. Surprisingly enough, Diouf hadn’t yet received a yellow card yet although there were three other Blackburn players who had already been booked by 50 minutes of game time, for gross misdemeanors on the pitch. However, I must say that a punch by Zonzi to Lucas’s face deserved maybe more than just the milatory yellow card.

With about 15 minutes to go, Blackburn were causing Liverpool enough grief. It seemed as if Liverpool were content with the current score line, an attitude that never helps. Most of the play was confined to Liverpool’s half which could be quite discomfiting to a person like me who has seen Liverpool falter way too often this season.

In my personal opinion, Benitez should have introduced Ryan Babel into the fray as his overabundant energy usually poses a threat to most sides. And as if by telepathy, Benitez complied!

With five minutes of added time, Liverpool looked to consolidate their position. What was interesting was the they hadn’t conceded too many corners or other such set piece situations which have usually resulted in their undoing this season. Having just said that Pepe Reina pulled of a magnificent save to keep Liverpool’s fourth place hope alive, or at least made sure that the reds didn’t slip further into oblivion. Blackburn were certainly fighting to the end with Liverpool holding on to dear life as the final whistle signaled three points for the reds.

They need many more wins and in more spectacular fashion if they need to finish fourth. However, today , they will stay in sixth place with just a single point separating Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool.

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1 03 2010
james walker

really good match report really enjoyed.
thanks for your kind comments on my blog, and by the way i’ve only started my blog 5 weeks ago in my spare time, thanks again for taking the time to read my blog http://theliverword.blogspot.com/ keep up the good work.

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