Mario Balotelli is a truly gifted footballer who should be given time to prove himself at Liverpool. When he came on against Sunderland he showed what a skilful player he is with real touches of class. Once Sturridge returns from injury the two of them could form an outstanding partnership and frankly I don’t believe Balotelli has received the service he needs to be successful. Remember Peter Crouch? It took him something like 19 games to score his first goal and get going so Liverpool should give this talented young player the chance to really show what he can do.
Let’s keep the faith.
Good article by John Barnes dispelling the myth about Wimbledon intimidating Liverpool to win the 1988 Cup Final. I was at the match and we just didn’t play well.
Steven Gerrard is without doubt one of Liverpool’s greatest ever players and it’s unlikely we will ever see someone devote all of his career to one club and remain so loyal. Even during the most difficult times under the dark years of Gillette and Hicks, Gerrard remained loyal.
Throughout his outstanding career he has consistently produced performances at the highest level and scored some of Liverpool’s most important goals, the 1st goal against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League Final and the last gasp belter in the 2006 FA Cup Final against West Ham to name just two. But like all good things they come to an end and nothing is more true than the career of a footballer. Brendan Rodger’s can’t build a team for the future knowing that Gerrard will either retire or, as he will do at the end of this season, leave the club. Due to Liverpool’s lack of success over the last few seasons the sentiment among many Liverpool supporters was that if Gerrard decided to leave to find success somewhere else who could have blamed him.
I’m actually pleased for Gerrard, he has the opportunity to experience football, and hopefully success, at another club in a different country. The move to the USA seems to be a great opportunity so why not take it when you have a few years of your playing career left.
Replacing Gerrard, however, is going to be a difficult task with the main concern being the players Rodger’s has brought to the club so far have yet to prove their worth so any fears can only be waylaid by buying a proven, quality, midfielder.
After an indifferent performance against Burnley on Boxing Day, that was all about getting the 3 points, tonight Liverpool put on a 2nd half display that had us all thinking we’ve finally found the form we showed last season.
The 1st half was once again frustrating but ironically once Swansea scored to make it 2-1, just over a minute after Lallana made it 2-0, Liverpool turned it on and put on a fine display of attacking football highlighted by the outstanding performance of Adam Lallana. The build up to Lallana’s second goal was as good as we have seen all season and the finish excellent. He’s showing more and more why Rodgers bought him.
A very good performance too from Coutinho. Liverpool’s movement off the ball was impressive, creating space for other players to run into, allowing the creation of multiple goal scoring opportunities. Liverpool were really good to watch.
With a home game on New Years day versus Leicester City another display like this will see Liverpool continue to climb the table. Let us hope this kind of form becomes the norm well into next May.
As Graeme Souness said after the match, we’re hoping at least one game can kick-start Liverpool’s season and with the confident performance tonight, giving us a 3-1 win over Bournemouth, then maybe that’s exactly what was needed to set us up for the Arsenal game on Sunday. Win that one and maybe we can finally say our season is up and running. Some might say it was only Bournemouth, but I don’t think any one of us was feeling 100% confident going into the game, far from it, and from all accounts Bournemouth have been playing very good football this season.
I’m actually pleased we’ve drawn Chelsea in the semi-finals. Chelsea will be favorites go through but should Liverpool manage to progress over the 2 legs then that will really change the complexion of a disappointing season.
In the Independent today, 17 December 2014, it was reported that the search engine Google has revealed the top things people have been using Google to find out about.
Here’s the how the searches for Premier League Teams ranked:
2. Manchester United
9. Manchester City
So Liverpool are at least top of the league when it comes to searches, now only if we can do the same in the league that counts the most.
Here’s link the full article:
Like all of us I’m gutted at the way Liverpool are performing this season. We’re our own worst enemies – poor defending gifting goals and failure to put the ball in the net. A pretty easy formula for losing game after game. However, the reality is Liverpool played well on Sunday and with an in-form striker we’d have got a result at Old Trafford.
I like Balotelli, he’s a quality striker that will come good if he gets the same kind of service he did on Sunday. Yes he should have scored but so should Sterling, but that’s not one of his strong points either.
As to Rodger’s, he’s a good manager. We all loved him last season but he’s still learning and his mistake was not buying at least two proven, quality, players with the Suarez money. Frankly, the new signings has let him down and Mignolet should have been dropped a long time ago but Brad Jones is unlikely the answer,
So give Rodger’s and the team a break, they’ll come good.
Oh and I would bring Torres back given a chance, he cant score less goals than we are now.