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Liverpool Back On Track After Win Against United

pennant Liverpool Back On Track After Win Against UnitedIt’s the result that Liverpool needed. A confidence boost. Two goals, and — most importantly — three points from a disappointing season thus far.

Interestingly it was a midfielder who stole the headlines for Liverpool instead of a striker. Sure, Dirk Kuyt scored his first goal for the Reds but it was Xabi Alonso who was the key playmaker, threading a inch-perfect pass to Steve Finnan who crossed the ball in for Kuyt to slam it into the net.

Alonso scored Liverpool’s second goal with a cheeky shot from behind the halfway line that floated over the sprawling Newcastle keeper. The goal was very reminiscent of Alonso’s goal for Pool against Luton last season in the FA Cup.

Despite the win, it’s obvious that Liverpool still has problems. The home fixture against Newcastle is usually one of the most entertaining matches of the season, but this was mostly a drab affair in front of an unusually quiet Anfield.

To me, Liverpool’s problem is that they appear too one-dimensional when they’re on the attack. Too many times, it’s a long ball floated in from inside the half into the edge of the penalty area. Opposing teams can see right through the Reds, and time after time, they extinguish Liverpool’s attacks with ease.

Liverpool’s key to success this season will be to get Jermaine Pennant on the field who can run down the wing and get behind defenses, and can cross the ball back into the penalty area — creating havoc against opposition. We saw glimpses of how well this could work against Chelsea. And it gave Gerrard the freedom to do the same thing in equal measure down the left wing in that same match.

What Pennant needs, though, is consistency. He has the opportunity to be one of the shining stars in the Liverpool side this year, but he needs playing time. He wasn’t even included in the team of 16 tonight against Newcastle.

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2 Responses to Liverpool Back On Track After Win Against United

  1. Anonymous says:

    Beneathus has far too many players at his disposal so cannot possibly give them all sufficient playing time, he’s ‘experimenting’ every match. Don’t worry about Pennant – he’s used to being rotated (from cell to cell) – if Shay Given had been fit last night the game would have ended up nil-nil in that Anfield Morgue. Fell asleep watching it – mind you, it was 5am.

    In no way biased TT

  2. Anonymous says:

    Yes, and no, Gaffer…
    I thought that L’pool w/ Pennant were one-dimensional vs. Chelski on Sunday…tha tactics that game was-give the ball to Pennant so he can cross it and hit Koyt…
    I think Garcia should start every game for L’pool!!! He was man of the match for me yesterday, and, despite his inconsistency, he is a creative player that could make something happen out of nothing.
    Agger is definitely good news for the reds. Alonso will get back to his usual self(World Cup hangover, maybe?), and we need Gerrarg to start making more impact than he did in the last 2 games…
    Aurelio is definitely better option than Warnock, but Riise should be back soon.
    Zenden should never feature for the club. I think Rafa will unload him over Christmas.
    I still think Crouchie is a better option than Kouy(who did work very hard yesterday), and we are yet to see the best of Mr. Craig Douglas Bellamy.
    Very early in the season, gentlemen, do not write out L’pool and Arsenal…Chelsea and Man United look anything but invincible so far(Fletcher, O’Shea and Brown on the field at the same time-ugghhhhh-every Man U fan’s nightmare)…

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