The Verge Of Success
LIVERPOOL 2-0 STOKE CITY |
LEICESTER 1-5 LIVERPOOL |
FIRMINO X2, SALAH X2, WOODBURN
LIVERPOOL 4-0 LEICESTER |
SALAH X3, CUTRONE
MANCHESTER CITY 4-0 LIVERPOOL |
LIVERPOOL 3-0 HUDDERSFIELD |
FIRMINO X2, SALAH
LEICESTER 1-2 LIVERPOOL |
LIVERPOOL 4-0 BRISTOL ROVERS |
SALAH, CUTRONE, ARNOLD, FIRMINO
WEST BROM 1-1 LIVERPOOL |
January was another huge test for the team, we were coming off the back of a 9 game month into an 8 gamer and this one included playing the same team literally 3 times. So onto it...
Stoke up first at home in the Premier league was the easier test of the month and once again not much of a challenge. Chamberlain cropped up with one of occasional long strikes and Hendo our engine midfield contributed with his own 4th of the season.
Onto Leicester in the FA Cup 3rd round - Our first game in the competition - I was looking for another exciting and more importantly long cup run and we look like doing just that coming out 5-1 winners on the night.
A game that Leicester never once had any kind of hold on, we obliterated them from start to finish. Vardy got their only goal after Salah, Firmino and our youngman on the left Woodburn sent them hurtling out of the competition.
This left us in good stead for the next match where we would play..
Leicester again - in the Carabao Cup Semi Final...Avoiding Manchester United and Manchester City who will play in the opposite round to get here.
We'd had an easy run so far and as we literally just showed in the last cup game this was an absolute cake walk too. Four goals to Nil. You could say we're through but as we know the Carabao host 2 legs and nothing is over until the final whistle in football. We all Know that.
Thanks to a Salah hattrick and a goal from new boy Cutrone we were able to put one foot in the final already. Manchester United smashed their City rivals 3-0, all but confirming the final fixture on the 25th February.
Now we had to play Man City, and to be honest after already beating them at home I was very confident but I know the Etihad can be a tough challenge for some.
It proved to be just that this time round and after a good run of games in the cup we were thrown from the boat in a 4-0 thrashing that saw us take a huge hit to a title bid, luck was on our side with City not being our current main title rivals but this result could very well change that.
A truly disastrous result.
Firmino was the hero against Huddersfield 3 days later with a fantastic brace. The Brazilian has been on hot form recently finding his feet after a shaky start in the beginning of the season.
Huddersfield left with nothing, we came out with 3 points and 3 goals after Salah finished them off.
I don't want to talk much about the second leg of the semi final. Long story short - We won. Dominic Solanke with another 2 goals to add to his tally. He put in a fantastic performance. We would now play Manchester United in the final after their 4-1 aggregate win and our 7-1 win.
Well...It's been a rather long time since these two sides met in a final.
Bristol Rovers were our 4th round tie for the FA Cup and no I won't lie about it with the form we were on the 5th round was already in our sights. We put out the best team we could and of course we were rewarded with that
Another ridiculously high scoring game with 4 goals coming home in our favor courtesy of you guessed it! bSalah.
Not forgetting Firmino, Cutrone and Arnold's 3 goals. Huddersfield, 5th round, bring it on.
Last up was West Brom. Always a bogey for Liverpool and for me particularly. Having scored 18 goals this month in 7 games you'd really expect this to be more of a simple ride against 20th in the league but when has that ever happened?
The game was quiet, too quiet. We were coming into full time at 0-0. Only in the 87th minute did we finally make a breakthrough from Henderson who split through the West Brom wall to slot home a potential winner, the crowd went nuts!
5 points clear we all though before James Morrison came into a 1 on 1 situation with Karius and tucked it over his head for 1-1 in the 91st minute! An agonizing point drop here...We could have been 4 clear.
Player Of The Month
Do I really even need to say it anymore? Seriously he's been fantastic...Again. To be honest I don't know how someone can be so good. This guys is absolutely world class and is currently sending us to a Premier League title as things stand.
Thoughts On The Report
It's been a really good month in the cups. Couldn't have been better actually. Four wins in total and not just wins, we absolutely smashed everyone.
Though the City result was hard to take and actually the West Brom result was even harder losing the extra 2 points so late but not to worry, we're still 2 clear and now we have a final to think about.