Liverpool, go from strength to strength!
Stoke vs Liverpool
Coming off the back of three great results, Liverpool, looked to continue their fine form with a win against Stoke in the first game of November. Not having the best record against Stoke, home or away, Liverpool fans had every right to be nervous however...Liverpool were confident, and not many can stand in the way of a confident Liverpool, more so this season, with the club having lost just once so far in the premier league this season.
Stoke, kicked off the game and started very poorly. Liverpool However went straight in pressing the ball, and a nervous pass to Robert Huth from Crouch would just about win the game in the first minute for Liverpool, as Sturridge pounced on the ball, rounded Huth and then curling the ball into the bottom corner to round off the perfect start for the Scousers'.
Ten minutes later, Stoke had a great chance to draw level through, right winger jermaine Pennant. With some nice passing play (I know! And from Stoke of all teams!) Jonathan Parr picked out Pennant on the right and the winger blasted it right on to the top side of the bar, and went over. It was very good chance and Stoke were unlucky not be level.
There were many opportunities for Liverpool to finish Stoke off. However they just could not finish their dinner. Some may say the Reds were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty, in the 40th minute when Gerrard played in an inch perfect ball through the Stoke defense to Jordan Henderson. The midfielder made a darting run to get on the end of the pass, but Shawcross stepped in, took the lad clean out. No penalty was awarded, Shawcross wasn't even spoken to.
30 minutes later, Stoke were gifted probably the best chance of the game when Kenwyne Jones who was one on one with the keeper, placed the ball into what thought would be the bottom corner, but no. The ball deflected off of the post and Parr was there to follow up on the open goal but instead of planting it into the net, he blasted it right into the side netting of the goal. An extremely good chance gone to waste, left the Stoke fans in awe.
Then, when we thought we'd seen the goals, one more was in store. In the last minute of the game, Liverpool were awarded a free kick 30 yards from the net. Rakitic, the favorite to take, did. And bent it around the wall past Begovic and into the top corner.
The game ended 2-0, and Liverpool took the three points, confidences was high on the red half of Merseyside, and the team looked to carry this form into their next 3 games against Southampton, Hull and West Brom.
Liverpool vs Southampton
Daniel Sturridge 15', 30', 44'
[ibSouthampton: Pablo Osvaldo 27'
Man of the Match:
Matthew Lowton 21'
Jose Enrique 31'
Liverpool vs Hull
Skrtel 29', Sturridge 35', Steven Gerrard (pen 47'), Jose Enrique 60'
Danny Graham 4'
Man of the Match:
Liam Rosenier 51'
Liverpool vs West Brom
Sturridge 39', Jose Enrique 43', Johnson (pen) 83'
Man of the Match:
Ivan Rakitic 68'
Steven Reid 13', Agger 21', Jose Enrique 54', Lucas 50'
Player of the month & Monthly Review
The month of November brought some very good results for us. We have played really well and I also think the signing of Rakitic has proved to be a huge success! He has assisted many goals so far and pitched in with the goals as well. This month though, the best individual performance has to go to Jose Enrique. He has scored 2 in four (good for a left back) and also assisted 3 goals! Whilst being strong in attack, he also remained responsible at the back, conceding just three in 4, games.(pretty good for our defense) however some credit has to go to Agger, Sakho, and Johnson as well.