Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Liverpool ended the January transfer window positively, selling at £56m and buying at £57.6m. King Kenny had already brought back the feel good factor and now the wins are starting to come. Beating Chelsea was beyond my wildest dreams and so it looked like even to Dalglish.
The team he put out had a slightly cautious look to it, the Liverpool management team deciding that the Reds should play a counter attacking game. It all went to plan perfectly. Raul Meireles scoring his fourth goal in five matches. What's more awesome about the goal was the distance the Portuguese man 'o war had to run to get into the box and finish.
Kenny Dalglish's tactics subdued Chelsea's fearsome trio, rendering Torres and Drogba to mere spectator. Lucas Leiva continued to prove that he is as disruptive and effective as Javier Mascherano. Christian Poulsen is improving match by match, the aging Danish captain put in a good shift to protect the back five when Kalou and Malouda came on.
Liverpool is the in-form team at the moment. A different team in terms of spirit, commitment and intensity from Hodgson's version. Unbeaten in their last five matches, four consecutive clean sheets, the Reds are looking like a team brimming with confidence. This Chelsea victory was achieved without Suarez or Carroll, which could suggest that no one apart from Gerrard and Carragher and now Meireles have claims to an automatic place in the starting lineup. I should think that makes for very healthy competition within the squad.
A home match against Wigan is next, and the Reds machine should gather speed. A possible sixth successive win against the luckless Hammers will put Liverpool in excellent form ahead of the Fergie-Dalglish rivalry. Steven Gerrard has yet to fire since coming back from suspension. Exploding to life against Manchester United would be perfect timing in the books of all Liverpool fans.
Doing the double over Chelsea in a troubled season has been sweet. Beating Manchester United at Anfield on March 6th would be further proof that a fourth Champions League spot is within reach. After a troubled start, King Kenny has got Liverpool fans dreaming again.
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