The month of October was one great month for Liverpool, with only three games, we looked to capitalize on Manchester city's fixture congestion and take advantage of the two easier games we'll play this season against Cardiff & Sunderland.
Sunderland vs Liverpool
The first match of the month was to be played at the stadium light. Sunderland are arguably a good side, however they were not doing so well as they found themselves 19th in the table.
Playing weaker teams are often much harder than playing the stronger clubs. Mainly because it's more embarrassing if you lose to the weaker side and With Sunderland being the 'weaker side', they would definitely look to exploit any complacency in our players.
The first and final goal of the game, came in the 49th minute, a wonderful through ball making it's way from the midfield up to the striker saw a one on one opportunity for...who? Luis Suarez. Finally he had the chance to score his first goal since the end of last season, and he took the chance brilliantly, rounding the keeper and cheekily chipping into the back of the net.
It was the only goal of the game and it saw Liverpool take away the spoils, to keep ourselves in that ever important, top 4.
Man of the Match: Glenn Johnson Goals: Liverpool: Luis Suarez 49' Sunderland: N/A
Liverpool vs Manchester city
Maybe our toughest match so far this season, we were now to face city at Anfield. A draw was probably the most likely outcome, however...there was a huge surprise in store for the citizens.
Just 5 minutes into the game, and Liverpool had the chance to take the lead through skipper, Steven Gerrard. A penalty conceded by Joleon Lescott on Ivan Rakitic would see city readied for an extremely bad start to a rival they were intent on beating. Steven Gerrard stepped up to challenge...And tucked it in beautifully, right into the bottom corner, a dream start for Liverpool.
23 minutes had passed, and it was all still very much our game to lose, Daniel Agger, made a crucial interceptive header that saw the ball land at the head of Daniel Sturridge, who flicked the ball to Suarez who then played it back to Sturridge with a well timed through ball and the striker didn't think twice about smashing it into the back of the net, and made it 2-0.
It didn't take long for Sturridge to make his mark for the second time in the game, leaving it just two minutes to score again, a perfect cross from Rakitic met the head of Sturridge and the ball flew into the top corner, it was 3-0 and we were cruising.
Something we weren't expecting, was another goal from Liverpool, and we got just that about 5 minutes since the last goal, Luis Suarez picked up the ball on the half way line and took on two City defenders to put him self one on one with keeper, and for a player of Suarez's class, it shouldn't be hard to place it into a bottom corner, and he did. Making it 4-0.
Before the game we expected city to score at least once, and they did on the 45th minute, when Jesus Navas rounded Jose Enrique on the left wing, and smashed into the far bottom corner, a great goal scored by a great player.
Then the last goal came from Dzeko. A cross Navas set Dzeko up perfectly and the strikers head ensured that the ball would make it's way into the net, on 74 minutes. But it was too little too late, as that goal only proved to be a consolation and Liverpool had pulled off possibly the biggest surprise of the season.
Man of the Match: Daniel Sturridge Goals: Liverpool: Gerrard 5' (pen), Daniel Sturridge 28', 30, Luis Suarez 35' Man City: Navas 45' Dzeko 74'
Cardiff vs Liverpool
The final match in the month was probably the easiest we would play, 3 goals were scored, and all by one team. Liverpool. We were proving to be a real force in the league, and especially with our last 2 wins, and this win just added to the evidence.
Daniel Sturridge, scored all three but his first was probably the most unusual of the game. Steven Gerrard, standing outside of the box with the ball, chipped it over the head of Hudson as Sturridge volleyed the ball from an extremely tight angle. A Roberto Carlos esq finish right there.
From outrageous, to simple. On 45 minutes Dstudge would score probably the easiest goal in his life, Suarez toyed with the cardiff left back before crossing the ball into the box, and Sturridge only had to direct the ball in with his head from about a yard away. A well worked goal, but nothing like his first.
And on 90 minutes...Sturridge completed his hat-trick, a one on one chance for the striker saw him execute the finish as well as the likes of Messi and Cavani, It was a great goal from a great striker and he deserved his hat-trick.
Man of the Match: Daniel Sturridge Goals: Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge 19', 45+1', 90+1' Cardiff:N/A
Player of the month
Daniel Sturridge gets the award this month for his fine form in front of goal scoring 4 in just 3 games, hopefully he can carry this form into future games for us and lead us to champions league football.
NOTE: Hi guys, there won't be any league tables in my monthly updates anymore as I have completely forgot to screenshot table for the last 3 months...Hope that's alright guys! I promise next season will be a lot more organised.
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
Goals: Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge 15', 30', 44'
[ibSouthampton: Pablo Osvaldo 27' Man of the Match:
Daniel Sturridge Injuries: Matthew Lowton 21' Bookings: Jose Enrique 31'
Liverpool vs Hull
Goals: Liverpool: Skrtel 29', Sturridge 35', Steven Gerrard (pen 47'), Jose Enrique 60' Hull: Danny Graham 4' Man of the Match:
Glenn Johnson Injuries: N/A Bookings: Liam Rosenier 51'
Liverpool vs West Brom
Goals: Liverpool: Sturridge 39', Jose Enrique 43', Johnson (pen) 83' Hull: Anelka 21' Man of the Match:
Jose Enrique Injuries: Ivan Rakitic 68' Bookings: 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.
Hey guys, I have just finished the season in my Liverpool save (No spoilers included, please read on:P) And what I have decided to do is take a small break and have some fun with some other small teams in smaller nations, and basically try something different. This break will last all of three days, however there will be at least one update! I know I do this a lot, and then end the story, but I am (for once) enjoying a Liverpool save and WILL NOT be quitting!:D Cheers guys!