Saturday, January 22, 2011
As soon as the game at Molineux ended, Sammy Lee walked over to Kenny Dalglish, congratulated him and then whispered, "You're Back!". This win surely must kick start Liverpool's season. The Reds now look very comfortable as a team, attacking and defending as a unit. For that unifying factor, Kenny Dalglish deserve praise. The way he has managed to bring Fernando Torres back into form also deserves special mention. Nando's two goals today were perhaps his simplest but it is also deserving considering how hard he was working throughout the game.
Even more satisfying was seeing the Reds not giving up when Wolves were trying to bully them off the pitch. Instead there seemed to be a new resilience and determination in the team since Dalglish took over. Liverpool stood firm and refuse to be intimidated. Torres, Meireles and Maxi withstood the majority of the physical challenges that Wolves defenders and Henry dished out. Instead of complaining and moaning, Torres and Meireles went on to punish Wolves in the best possible way by scoring three superb goals.
Since the suspension of Gerrard, Meireles has stepped up, his class and ability shining through. It should be interesting when Gerrard comes back next Wednesday against Fulham. Gerrard's return will bring more dynamism in that Liverpool midfield and hopefully even more goals.
Kenny Dalglish have been bringing on Jonjo Shelvey late on in games. Jonjo almost made an impact in his first two minutes, firing over the crossbar from a Raul Meireles lobbed pass. Shelvey ran the whole length of the pitch in that move, demonstrating his athleticism. Jonjo again showed great maturity and vision to pick out Torres with an inch perfect cross field ball. Those two moments convinced me that Jonjo Shelvey will be a future Liverpool star in the making.
Martin Kelly impressed once more, his performances are making him hard to ignore. Glen Johnson must be thankful that Dalglish, Clarke and Lee think highly enough of him to play him at leftback. After a troubled first match against Blackpool, Johnson has looked comfortable playing on the left.
Liverpool should be moving upwards after this vital win. The confidence is building within the team. Liverpool has won away for only the second time all season. The Reds achieved this by scoring three first class goals away from home (for the first time this season) AND kept a clean sheet (considering defensive frailties this season).
The King Kenny feel-good factor is still ringing through Anfield and now the results are starting to show. Liverpool are starting to look like a Premier League force again, this result should hopefully make Luiz Suarez sit up and take note.
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