Liverpool’s third goal in last week’s win over Swansea at Anfield provided a glimpse of what we can hope and possibly expect more of under the leadership of Brendan Rodgers.
Jose Enrique finished off a fantastic team move which involved new signings Daniel Sturridge, the impressive Phillipe Coutinho as well as top scorer Luis Suarez, to notch not only his second goal for the club but more importantly, the best team goal we have we have seen at Anfield for some time.
Watching the goal over and over again will never get boring. The intricacy and composure of the play in extremely tight and pressurised areas demonstrated the level of technical ability currently within the team. Great footwork from Sturridge by the corner flag started the move which was kept ticking along by Coutinho’s pass to Enrique and the return touch from Suarez into the path of the Spaniard from his pacey ball was criminally underrated. The reverse back-heel from Enrique to Sturridge grabbed the highlight of the move, but the skill and pass from the in-form striker back to Enrique presented him with the easy task of putting the ball into the Anfield Road net.
But ‘that goal’ against the newly crowned League Cup winners isn’t the first team effort we have seen this season. Earlier this campaign against West Brom in the Carling Cup at the Hawthorns saw Nuri Sahin bag a brace, with his second goal capping off a fantastic team move that involved players from all over the pitch, in a move that started with a throw-in from full back Andre Wisdom and was completed by the former loanee.
Some great one touch football in a compact area between Wisdom, Stewart Downing, Jordan Henderson and goal scorer Sahin led to the ball being picked up by Suso from Sebastian Coates and the Spaniard drove at the Albion back line committing three defenders before releasing Ousamma Assaidi down the left who squared for Sahin who made no mistake.
Goals like this are not something new to us however but they are certainly not seen enough. Perhaps the most memorable team goal before these two was against Derby County at Pride Park in October 2000, a game which saw The Reds run out 0-4 winners. A move consisting of around 25 passes ended with a typical Patrick Berger screamer after a clever dummy from Nicky Barmby freed space for the Czech international to shoot and score from 25 yards out, rounding off a great afternoon that also saw Emile Heskey net a hat-trick.
We all remember the brilliant strikes and the solo efforts but the pass and move philosophy that has been engrained in the club over the years has seen some great team goals scored, but with the style of play that Brendan Rodgers is trying to implement into a new set of players at the club, it won’t be too surprising to see more team goals in this style in the not too distant future.