Success! Liverpool have taken all three points in their latest Premier League fixture, away from home.
Jurgen’s side remained completely unchanged (AGAIN). He’s really been sticking with the same starting 11 for the last few matches, seemingly being very satisfied with the way it performs and wanting to keep it as it is. Klopp has several options available to him, could go to the Academy or Reserves for youngsters to use but he persists with more experienced players that have shown their worth this season. Well performing players are rewarded with extended spells to keep on proving themselves to the manager and to the fans.
The first half didn’t have much to show, the flow of football wasn’t exactly “end to end”, with the biggest event for Liverpool being the injury to Coutinho within the first quarter of an hour.
Adam Lallana would replace the Brazilian who was suspected of having a dead leg, nothing serious. He limped towards the dressing room at half time but should be back to full fitness by the next fixture.
Lallana’s only just returned to action again himself after weeks of recuperation on the sidelines. We’ve missed him and he just proved how valuable he is to the team with his performance on coming right back to us. If you’re not happy with Liverpool’s final position by the end of this season, remember that we didn’t have a full strength squad for some of it. Our injury list has gotten bigger and bigger throughout the many months of games and multiple competitions to play in.
Lallana would hit the crossbar in a wonderful effort after Watford goalkeeper punched the ball in the wrong direction, giving Liverpool a chance to take advantage but being denied by the goal-frame.
Coming up to the end of the first half, Liverpool were still drawing 0-0 in the 45th minute.
Lucas Leiva had been busy in the midfield and got forward to help out in attack so much that he was even booked for alleged diving in the penalty area, even if Tom Cleverly wasn’t entirely innocent with his challenge. By the 47th minute, Lucas would chip over a wonderfully placed assist to Emre Can who leapt into the air acrobatically and performed a bicycle kick to score the only goal of the game.
I loved how Lucas picked out Emre – the ball was accurately put right in to the perfect position that Can would have his chance to perform his amazing shot and get his goal right before half time. Watford 0-1 Liverpool
The second half was a bit nerve-wracking. Watford knew that they had a job to do if they wanted to get any points and had a full 2nd half in which to score. It wasn’t easy defending all the attacks that came our way. I was especially proud of the defence, including goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who would make several important saves that kept our opponents from taking any points or even making our goal difference any smaller – which is important as Manchester City chase us and may come to equal points with Liverpool as the season comes to a close. The clean sheet was impressive, against one of those “smaller sides” that Liverpool seem to have trouble with even in seasons when we’ve beaten the “top 4 sides” like Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal. Credit to Mignolet.
Man of The Match
Liverpool’s most impressive player? Oh my, I could pick more than one? Okay, just one Man Of the Match. It’s not Men of the match, right? You know, I really enjoyed watching Lucas Leiva. He’d contributed well throughout the entire game and his assist to Emre Can was just perfectly placed, but it did take special skill to leap through the air and perform that acrobatic bicycle kick. Emre Can had to finish it. Emre Can had to put the ball in the net and help Liverpool claim their match winning goal. Without it, we’d most likely have drawn 0-0, gotten just 1 point. It was vital to the season’s efforts which require as many points as we can claim for Champions League qualification (a top 4 position) by the time all 38 Premier League games have been played.
Emre Can is the Man Of the Match (for the 3rd time this season). Some people are calling this “goal of the season” already, but please think back to when Jordan Henderson scored a wonderful 25 yard volley early in the season before you make that claim. I still place that one high on the list of wonder-goals that will be in contention for Goal Of the Season. Coutinho’s scored some beauties, too. A special free kick in recent times puts Coutinho up there with a chance aswell. Can will now be a contender. But can Can win it? We’ll see.
Liverpool are to play Southampton in about a week at Anfield.
Walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.