Liverpool go topside as Wigan plunder
Nottingham Forest 3-0
Liverpool started this season just as they did their last. Unbeaten. They took 9 points from 3 games against, Southampton, Wigan and newly promoted side Forrest. The strikers within the team don't seem to be getting on the score sheet as much as manager Rodgers would like...Well, infact they haven't scored at all.
You could say they have had to rely on new wingers, Oxlade Chamberlain and Yarmolenko who have both started very well and are in Scintillating form.
Chamberlain scored his first goal for Liverpool against Forrest. With Johnson out on the wing, he played a slick one-two with the right back, picking the ball up in the box before firing at the Forrest keeper, the keeper got a hand to it but the ball could not be stopped, it cannoned off of his hand and into the top corner, giving Liverpool the league. The right winger had scored just six minutes into his debut.
Chamberlain scored again just 14 minutes later, he was played through one on one with the keeper by Rakitic, Chamberlain isn't renowned for his finishing, but he managed to keep his cool and played it past the goalkeeper, to round off the perfect move.
One debut goal is usually considered lucky, but when you get three debut goals between two players making their competitive debuts...that's gotta be just a sign of things to come? A free kick in the 80th minute from Rakitic looked destined for a goal kick, but Forrest defender Halford mistakenly headed the ball back into play and across his own goal only for the ball to reach Yarmolenko who finished acutely into the bottom right corner from 6 yards.
It was the defenders in the next game that got the win for Liverpool, of course they defended with inch perfection, but chipping in with the goals is a must, for any Liverpool centre back!
Mamadou Sakho was the man who gave Liverpool their lead, from a corner. Rakitic, once again crossed the ball into the box at the far post, where it met the feet of Sakho who powered the ball past the keeper. Their was simply no time for Southampton to get back in it, the goal cam in the last few seconds of the game, so maybe Liverpool can consider themselves lucky?
That wasn't it for Liverpool, they wanted more, and got more. Once again they left it late to take the lead but that wasn't a problem, a goal kick from Al-Habsi got well over the half way line, but could only pick out Johnson who was on hand to head the ball straight to Oxlade Chamberlain, Chamberlain had many opportunities to pass the ball, but he opted to go alone...He skinned right back Ziegler and then completely embarrassed Chris McCann nut megging him just 8 yards from the goal, then smashed it in to the back of the net! He hit it so hard it actually hit the bar...he was only about 6 yards out.
Eight minutes later. Lucas Leiva scored to make it 2-0, yet ANOTHER assist for Rakitic who crossed in the ball from a free kick that found Lucas completely open in the box with about 5 yards of space all to him self, he even had an open goal to shoot at, and not even he could miss! He made it 2-0, and Liverpool were top of the table! Could they remain there?