Topping The Table
Kobenhavn vs Liverpool (UCL)
West Ham vs Liverpool (PREM)
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (PREM)
Frankfurt vs Liverpool (UCL)
Liverpool would be welcomed to the Parken stadium to play Kobenhavn in the Champions League at the beginning of the month. A game which they really should be winning if they’re to earn some more points in the group and keep up with Milan and Frankfurt before they pulled away from the Reds.
Liverpool ended up triumphant at the end of the game thanks to two goals. The first goal of the game came from the Frenchman Mamadou Sakho who hit the net with a powerful header from Coutinho’s 25th minute corner.
Lorenzo Insigne scored the second and last goal of the game when he was brought down on the edge of the box by Frode Backe. Liverpool were awarded a free kick, and used a little trickery from it.
Luis Suarez ran up to take the free kick but sort of back heeled the ball to Insigne who hit the top right corner with a thunderous shot.
It was time to continue their run of form in the Premier League now, and if Gerrard wanted his comments to at least seem true, his team would need to win away from home to beat West Ham United.
Doing that, was no problem for Liverpool. They scored just one minute into the game, Lazar Markovic with a powerful long range strike which bulged the net soon after the game had gotten underway.
Mamadou Sakho kept consistent as well, as he scored the second of the game with another header from a Coutinho corner. Once again in the 25th minute of the game. West Ham pulled one back in the second half and would you believe it, Andy Carroll would be the man to head in West Ham’s first against his former club and bring them back into the game.
There was no way back for the Hammers though. Luis Suarez was back to haunt them again when he put Liverpool even further into the lead and well away from the reach of West Ham. Suarez made the most of United going down one man after Winston Reid’s dismal hack on the striker, and he broke free of the Hammer’s back line and made it 3-1.
Another match Liverpool should be winning. Crystal Palace at Anfield. The Red’s managed to surpass through the Eagles to make it to the next round of the Capital One Cup last time around, but could they get what they need again?
Three points and a place at the top of the table was at stake here, but none of that mattered to Liverpool. It was just another game that they had to give everything into. And from start to finish they did that no problem.
Lazar Markovic scored a minute into the game again. The Serb winger has found his form in recent games and he had no trouble finding it again when he was put one on one with the keeper by Coutinho. With the lightest of touches, he turned an opportunity into one of the sharpest of finishes we had seen all season from Liverpool.
Coutinho had to leave to the field in the second half after he was injured by Scott Down who clipped the Brazilian in the heel, leaving the lad on the floor in agony. Reports After the game suggested he had snapped his Achilles tendon, but those reports remain inaccurate.
Liverpool had to carry on with the game without their ‘Brain’ but they found another creative source in Suso who came on for Coutinho. The Spaniard (Suso) created the second goal, and nearly made a few more for main striker Borini. The second goal was scored by the Italian. A headed goal from an early Suso cross sealed the game in Liverpool’s favour.
Lastly, Liverpool came up against Frankfurt. A team seemingly overachieving in this group, and the Bundesliga. They do have a decent squad, but have done really well to get where they are. Liverpool would need to be at their best to see off Eintracht and luckily they were! Just…
Takashi Inui opened the scoring with a goal from 20 yards. Liverpool defended a corner remarkably well and saw that it would go back out to the wing, but only as far as Makoto Hasebe who released the ball quickly into the box. The attack was again thwarted but went out to the edge of the box where Takashi was stood. He blasted the ball but had his shot blocked, the ball came back and he took his second chance with open arms, touching the ball back down, moving across to the right and slamming it home.
Liverpool found a way back into the game. A player who had apparently snapped his Achilles in the last game was back and in the form of his life for Liverpool. He was playing really well all throughout the first half and made a few clear cut chances which were unfortunately blazed either wide or over by Liverpool’s attackers. Enough was enough Coutinho thought, and he decided he’d finish the move himself. He picked up the ball on the half way line and ran straight at the back line which he tricked by playing the ball to his left where Suarez was. Suarez used the momentum of the ball to spin it over the defenders and into the path of the Brazilian, and the ‘brain’ brought it down nicely and finished the move to level the scores, with just one touch. Superb stuff!
Four minutes later, Liverpool turned the game on it’s head, just as we hit the 30 minute mark. Luis Suarez scored the goal to give Liverpool their lead which ultimately won the game. His effort from just a few yards out was created by one of Henderson’s deflected shot. From the shot, the ball hit the post, and Luis Suarez only had to tap the ball into an empty area of the net, which he did.
Mamadou Sakho, disappointed Liverpool by getting sent off in the 90th minute, so the solid French defender will not feature in the next Champions League game at home to Frankfurt.
We’ve taken another step in the right direction here. Four wins in four is fantastic, and we are on the fringe of qualification to the Champions League Round of 16. As well as that, we’re top of the table. I couldn’t as for much more effort from the boys, they have done fantastically so far.
It’s only early in the season still though so we must keep focused. We have a long battle ahead, and we must, must, must put everything into every game. It’s going to be a long season but if we can keep on winning and keep on taking home the points, it’ll be worth it. I see glory at the end of this long, long season.