This game spoke volumes for the current Liverpool side but it might have also sent out a message which might not be too our benefit in the future. Unlike certain teams Watford came to play an open game and was simply picked off and went back down the Yellow Brick Road knowing six could have easily been ten, maybe more. I think we can expect a few others thinking, “Right, at least ten behind the ball and in our own penalty area when we play that lot”!
This team of ours looks a frightening prospect especially if everyone is in the mood and they looked as if they were against poor old Watford. Many ‘experts’ consider Daniel Sturridge the best English striker and he can’t even get in the side but when he came on, he hit the woodwork twice and had a big hand in the final goal.
The hardest task The Kaiser could have is keeping everyone happy and also seeing the side keep a clean sheet. There were sighs of disappointment when Watford scored but as a critic of our ‘keepers I’d say Karius had a decent enough game when it came to making a few saves, still looks unsure when a cross comes over though but after yesterday that would be nip-picking.
A year ago Jürgen Klopp talked about the early leavers at Anfield but not too many left the scene as early as they have been doing of late. I don’t think the atmosphere was anything great yesterday but I put that down to people just wanting to watch what was just about poetry in motion. For me, because I was at the Anfield Road end, the final fifteen minutes of the first half was almost spell binding. To pick out a man of the match would be unfair it was one of those days.
Finally a word of praise for the Watford fans. I know we had the usual bile about Anfield and a library and one or two other predictable bits but they never mentioned Steve Gerrard falling over once.
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I was a bit surprised Jürgen decided to make 11 changes especially when looking back at the strength of the sides put out against Burton and Derby but it all worked out for the best. I thought the team played well against an also much changed Spurs and we deserved the win. Maybe it shows we’ve finally got a bit of strength in depth and I thought Sturridge was as good as The Kaiser said he was. Scored two, denied by the Spurs ‘keeper twice and missed a couple, not a bad nights work for someone who can get into the England side but can’t always get into ours. Ovie Ejaria really impressed, early days I know but it looks like there’s a talent in waiting inside this player. Although the other young ‘un Trent Alexander-Arnold found life a bit trickier he let nobody down and for a young defender playing in a back line that must have been almost alien to him he showed there could be another prospect lurking within. The Spurs side included eight players who were under 23 but we couldn’t have been far behind. Origi is only 21 and Grujic 20 [and how big will he be when he stops growing] and that has to be a good sign. We’ve had our share of ‘Fools Gold’ but it finally looks like our scouting network has delivered the goods. Oh, and Danny Ings doesn’t normally even make our bench but I’m sure it’s only a matter of time. The problem Herr Klopp might have is keeping them all satisfied but not a bad problem to have. The atmosphere last night was reasonably good and even after the customary nerves arrived following the penalty the crowd kept with the lads and that can’t be bad. 53,000+ as well, shows the price was right. Another home draw wouldn’t go amiss and I’ll be tuning in to find out who we’ve got once Mourinho has stopped either gloating or moaning. The final word on last night; thought Mignolet looked more confident that Karius has been looking.
West Brom’s ‘keeper was probably the Man of the Match yesterday, although our finishing might not have been as we would have hoped but there will always be days like that. Fair to say Foster’s poor clearance helped us with the second goal but there was a bit of quality in the build up as well. The build up for the first wasn’t bad either. What I can’t fathom out is our defending. Clyne and Milner had decent games as did Lovren and Matip but we still looked so vulnerable when West Brom saw a chink of light. Karius doesn’t fill me with confidence and those around me yesterday were of a similar opinion. Having said Milner had a decent enough game the free kick he gave away just before West Brom scored looked needless but once the kick came into the box the goalkeeper should be at least looking to deal with things, ours looked as if he didn’t know what to do and the ball ended up going for a corner and once again the only real shot on our goal went in. The question is, does our defence have confidence in our keeper?
Sitting in close proximity to the away fans how boring must it be to have to sing about us never having seen Gerrard win the league? The last time West Brom won anything Jeff Astle was still playing.