Well that was a bit more like it. This was never going to be a night when we out passed Spurs but what we did do was out run and out hustle them, from the first whistle to the last whistle. In speaking of whistles we even had a bit of help from the man in the middle. This made for a nice change after some of the awful decision that have come our way this season.
Aquilani was much better in his advanced role last night and Dirk Kuyt must have ran a marathon. Typically I don't think he is a good selection for the lone striker role, but last night he excelled at it. He actually probably took the hardest chance of the lot when he slotted in Liverpool's opening goal after 6 minutes. He went on to miss 3 easier chances to finish the game off, but kept his nerve with two well taken penalties in minute 90.
The crowd were right behind the reds before the kick off. The supporters showing their support for both the team and the manager! Chants of Rafa Rafa were a constant during the game so hopefully a few pundits around the world took note of how the majority of match going reds feel about him. The 14 men on the field last night played for the shirt on their back and the manager. Clearly this was a not a manager who has lost the dressing room as they fought and hustled during the match.
Rierra, Deggen, Vornin
Liverpool did not play pretty football but we did have many good chances to score, most of which were created from sheer determination, led from the excellent Jamie Carragher. My man of the match last night was the big Greek. I thought he did a great job on Crouch all night long and Defoe was a non factor. , It was also good to have Riera in the starting line up as he gave us some much needed width on the left. Hehad a strong desire to run at them, which is something we have lacked on that side for a while. I also thought Degen had a solid game, although my god he should have had a shot when put in front of goal by Kuyt. To his credit he kept on going as he took a battering from the Spurs players all night long.
A quick note about the Defoe non goal. Personally I didn't think it was a foul, but when the ball was played he was offside and the lino should have flagged right then. He took an advantage from that point on so I think he is offisde..but that is the problem..No one understand the rule. I don't feel sorry for Spurs..let's remember when Voronin got Rugby tackled at their place this year (twice).
Overall it was a much needed 3 points. We are not out of the woods yet by any stretch but it was a solid step in the right direction