"It's refreshing in this day and age to see a player obviously very settled and happy, proud to wear the shirt and showing a lot of love for the club and the fans"
If not for three world-class saves by Pepe Reina, Liverpool could have whimpered out of Birmingham with no points. The resident Scouser, Reina dived low to his right to keep out Cameron Jerome's header off a Bowyer cross. Then he punched out a teasing cross from Larsson to stop Jerome again from getting on the end of it. Finally, he kept out the influential Craig Gardner from scoring with another one-handed save, diving to his right yet again. Birmingham never recovered from the brilliance of Reina in the first half and Liverpool got better in the second half.
It took until 76 minutes before Raul Meireles was brought on to provide some much needed thrust from midfield. His forward runs allowed Liverpool to move the ball better and with more menacing intent. Surely he must start next Sunday against Manchester United, Roy. His arrival gave Torres, on the 82nd minute, a chance to run at the Birmingham defence and almost stole three points for the Reds.
A 4-1-3-1-1 lineup with Lucas as DM accomodating Meireles as CM will free Gerrard to reenact the Gerrard-Torres fearsome partnership. But who should play on the right side of midfield with Dirk Kuyt injured? Roy could promote Martin Kelly to RB and profit from the attacking instincts of Glen Johnson on the right side. This is the formation that could bring out the very best from the Reds.