Not having a ticket for the game at Swansea I had to watch it on the box. The first half was like watching an old scary film that I’d seen many times over. Every time Swansea got near our goal I shut my eyes. I was just grateful that we were only one down at halftime. The air in the house was blue and I had to ask people to leave the room while I vented my feelings. Thankfully we did get better after the break and the equaliser came from a great ball from Henderson and he looks a far better player doing that than when he gripes at the referee and gets booked [again]. I don’t know about others but our latest man between the sticks had me looking for the nerve tonic – sorry Simon. One thing about our manager, he’s honest. “Not perfect, but good enough”. Amen to that.
As we made our way home from this game we wondered if we’d just witnessed what we called ‘Professional Sympathy’. I’m sure if we’d kept the foot down we’d have surely gone close double figures. We looked that good and Hull looked that bad. The three goals we scored from open play had a touch of class attached to them and the penalties were without argument as well. Adam Lallana is starting to look a bit good but Sadio Manè might just be the best bit of business we’ve done regarding players we’ve lifted from Southampton.
You have keep things in perspective because Hull looked every bit relegation fodder but even so that first half was pretty good. We showed not just quality and class but patience as well; like we knew the goals would eventually arrive and they did. How it was only three at halftime only the Gods might know.
Like the manager the goal Hull scored disappointed, some sloppiness that needs to be cut out and it spoilt Karius’s Premier debut especially as in the two games he’s played I don’t think he’s had to bother washing his gloves.
The biggest disappointment to me was the sight of hundreds deciding to depart the scene with almost ten minutes still on the clock. I can only assume these are the day-tripping half ‘n half wearer tourists who wanted to get out early to get a few selfies in outside the new Stand before the rest of the crowd got out? Real supporters should get those tickets.
Well done all those who gave the 27th minute applause in memory and honour of Gerry McIver, the club PR department should have hung their heads in shame as it took place.
Anyway, we managed to turn in a performance against a side we should beat don’t haven’t always done so, even under Jürgen. One of our worst displays last season was at Swansea, another chance therefore to show we can turn over the lesser lights awaits us in the Valley’s.
I thought we just did what we had to do against Derby and don’t think we ever needed to get out of second gear. We scored two quality goals but for some reason in the build up to the third the contribution by Lucas was seemingly missed by the Sky crews. He started things from inside our own penalty area and was as big a part of the goal as Little Phil who was given the assist credits [always baffles me does that – assist being part of the stats] and Origi who belted it into the net.
Many eyes of course were on Karius in goal and the interviewers were all over Jürgen about who’s going to be his ‘Number One’. After a game such as the Derby one it’s not fair to draw comparisons because when a team hardly has a shot they shouldn’t trouble the keeper. I’d agree he was a lot quicker off the line than Mignolet but he missed a couple of crosses that he came for, the one late in the game would have been scary if we weren’t already warming down. As far as his distribution was concerned I didn’t honestly see a massive difference although as somebody said afterwards, giving the ball to Moreno never seems a good idea. I’m not sure what’s more frightening, Alberto with the ball near our goal or his latest hairstyle? That’s a bit harsh because the much maligned full back had a decent game.
Although The Kaiser made several changes it was near enough a team of Premier standard and although the game was done and dusted and the foot well and truly taken off the gas at the time, it was great to see Danny Ings back. Get this guy up to speed and we’ve got another good option up front. Also good to see Emre Can back, probably not 100% ready but when he is the midfield options, like those up front improve.
It appears that Herr Klopp has hopes for young Ovie Ejaria and players coming through and getting some time on the pitch is never a bad idea.
I like our manager’s honesty and when talking of some players he doesn’t mind saying things like Origi didn’t have the rhythm and when speaking of Marko Grujic he suggested if his defensive skills were as good as his offensive skills we’d have an outstanding player. He might like to hug and kiss ‘em but he doesn’t mind telling a few home truths either.
Off the pitch I thought the away support was pretty good and it would be equally good to hear ‘songs’ such as ‘Born Under A Liverbird’ and ‘Don’t Worry About A Thing’ getting more of an airing at Anfield. I thought ‘We Played The Shite On A Wednesday Night’ was right up there. We don’t usually sing about Everton or anybody else unless we’re playing them but as news filtered through about their League Cup setback it did cause a little mirth.
So Spurs next and at home which is good. Be interesting to see what sort of side we send out in that one.