Finally! I feel like we have not won for ages, and in fact Liverpool had not won in ages! The victory against Blackburn Rovers was more of a relief than anything else.
Liverpool looked good for 70 minutes against an under-strength Blackburn team. But as they say you can only beat the team in front of you and the fact that this game was 0-0 at half-time was the biggest shock. Liverpool did very well in the first half and seemed to actually press Blackburn high up the pitch for once.
Joe Cole had a great early chance that Robinson did well to save and the chances just kept on coming. Lucas and Meireles were pulling the strings in the middle while Maxi had his best game for Liverpool under Hodgson. Even our full backs were getting forward! Torres and Gerrard both seemed sharp from the off.
Finally after our first half dominance the goal came from our big Greek centre-back Soto! Soto towered up and powered his header in. Crazy enough Blackburn were level minutes later, in what was really their first attack of note. Somehow they got round the back of us and when Koncheski cleared the ball it hit Carragher and went in. I just couldn't believe it, especially after Phil Dowd missed an obvious penalty decision on Soto that might have made it two.
I thought we were jinxed at that point but credit to Liverpool, they kept at it and Joe Cole put in a great ball that Torres hit first time past Robinson. He did have acres of room but he took his chance well and the Kop was bouncing. Torres looked so happy!
After the 70 minute mark Hodgson started to move things around, putting Miereles up top near Torres and moving Gerrard to the middle. He then took off Joe Cole and brought on Ngog, moving the Portuguese centre midfielder to the left. We seemed to panic a bit and we were just booting the ball all around the pitch.
The players and crowd were anxious but Rovers never really threatened, but in real time it was nerve-racking. Finally Shelvey replaced our Portuguese player, although the kid didn't get a kick. No offence to Shelvey but what in the world happened to Pachecho?
Anyway, as Roy said, it was our best performance so far, but he said that last week against Everton so I'm not sure what to make of it all. From my view point the players performed better and we marked higher up the field. My man of the match was Soto, followed closely by Lucas, who I thought was excellent.
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