14: Mersey Derby Thoughts

Last season I would have grumbled at a home derby draw and although I’m still grumbling now, I’m happier than I have been in recent months. Today saw a Liverpool that was so far improved from December that it could have been a completely different team.

They attacked and pressured far up the pitch, like they did in the cup against Manchester United. They passed the ball about, made runs, linked together, they just played football. Something that’s been missing from Anfield recently. There’s still lots of issues in the defence and a few misplaced passes in the final third but with every game comes new things to focus on.

I could stress on the if’s and buts, but, you know, what’s the point? It happened. Sure, the corner Everton scored from wasn’t a corner. Yes, the ref could have stopped the ball when Kelly landed on his neck. If Agger didn’t go off the defence may have dealt with it better. There all viable arguments. Behind them however, are positives.

Youth players: Martin Kelly once again proved his quality by playing a great game in right back. For me he is much better than Johnson defensively and even showed a great attacking spirit, flying up the wings multiple times. Shelvey only had ten minutes or so but Spearing impressed with his full ninety minutes. These players can only improve with more games.

Nando: Torres is slowly getting back to being a threat. With a goal against Blackpool midweek and a number of shots on target today, one coming agonizingly close to going in, it’s only a matter of time till he starts to find the net more regularly. Goals aside, he put himself about with real conviction today, consistantly chasing down every ball.

Mereiles: He’s taken a little while to adjust to the Premiership, namely his strength in the tackles and his stamina, but today he improved in both areas, winning the ball several times and showing much more desire.

Three points would have been a god send but the team need to build upon every little positive. If they can get one or two wins going and build up some momentum then I think we could see Liverpool in a much happier position come May. All the better if we can score a few players in the Transfer window, namely a strong defensive midfielder, a pacey left winger and a proven goals scorer to partner Torres.

Here’s hoping, eh?


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