Match Report by TIA Forum Member Jonnyfish [Click here if you’d like to write a future report for us]
Liverpool may finally be getting a run of form together after an impressive two home wins in a week. Clinical finishing seemed to be the difference as Liverpool were a tad fortunate to come out with a win by such a great margin.
A game which no one can call a classic was set a light by two fantastic goals. Spurs were quite poor on the day and missed two
clear cut chances both of which should have resulted in goals. Squad rotation continued in Benitez’s selection with the return of Sami Hyypia and Mark Gonzarlez. Carra was left out of the starting 11 which seemed quite strange to me after a good performance against Newcastle mid-week.
Right from the off you could tell Liverpool were fired up for this one. They began attacking the Anfield Road end in which I sat
eager for some first half goals! Sadly they didn’t come with just a couple of chances coming our way. Xabi Alonso’s dragged a shot just wide of Paul Robinson’s goal the closest a Liverpool player came to beating the England keeper in the first half. Alonso was ‘egged on’ to shoot for about the first half hour everytime he got the ball after his mid-week heroics against the barcodes. Spurs missed a glaring opportunity when Ledley King failed to connect with former Red Danny Murphy’s freekick after he lost his marker and just had to hit the target.
Liverpool’s best chance came from a Gerrard corner after the ball was headed back in Dirk Kuyt’s initial header was misjudged by Pascal Chimbonda as he headed against his own post, Liverpool were getting closer.
The second half began in the same way as the first half until Edgar Davids made a superb run down the left wing before sliding the ball across the face of goal slicing the Liverpool defence in half in the the path of Jenas who some how managed to miss an open goal from all of 3 yards. This great fortune somehow managed to inspire Liverpool as from the resulting goal kick the ball fell to
Gerrard who played in a superb cross only for Craig Bellamy to hit the post. Thank god that Mark Gonzalez was there to rifle in the rebound sparking great celebrations from the home crowd. Half of whom had missed the goal because they had their head in their hands after Bellamy’s miss!
Liverpool’s next goal again began through the skill of our mighty skipper; Stevie played the ball in for Luis Garcia (on for
Bellamy) who then played a beautiful through ball for Kuyt who managed to control expertly before blasting it home past the helpless Robinson. Fantastic goal but the best was still yet to come.
Riise scoring an absolute blockbuster to round the game off with a superb 25 yard strike powered into the bottom right hand corner from all of 30 yards, to round off a solid performance by the Reds who now will go into Wednesday’s Champions League clash full of confidence.