Liverpool were very unlucky on Saturday but we need to do a better job of taking the chances that are given to us if we want to climb the table. United had two chances to score, a Phil Jones header and the goal by the Little Pea or whatever nickname that fella has. In typical United fashion they scored from one of those two chances to steal a point at Anfield.
Liverpool on the other hand created many clear chances to score despite having a pretty quiet first half. A dangerous short corner that no one got on the end of, along with a glorious chance created by an Adam shot which fell directly to Suarez, were our two best chances to score before the break. Suarez did well to get the shot off but he hit it straight at the keeper. I fancied the little man from Uruguay to score when the ball fell to him but it was a sign of things to come from United keeper De Gea.
Liverpool continued to dominate the early exchanges of possession, which was to be expected considering how United lined up. They went with 4-5-1 to park the bus in front of their goal and to their credit they did a good job at stifling us. Suarez was the danger man and after he lost the first few balls he received he was very good throughout the 90 minutes. He is a joy to watch with how he moves in such tight spaces. United had to resort to fouling him in order to stop the striker.
Once the half time break came I felt we needed to go for it a bit more and we did. I thought we dominated the entire second half, except the period right after we scored until they scored. Our goal was created after a nice run by Adam who I thought had his best game for us. I have said often that he fits in well in a 3 man centre midfield and this was the case today. Gerrard's free kick was well struck but the invisible Giggs did a great disappearing act as the wall broke off. I felt that perhaps we had scored to early, if that is possible, as I knew they would bring on Rooney, Nani and the Little Pea. My worries proved right as United did pull one back about 12 minutes later. Their goal came from a corner that I thought was a goal kick, in what was otherwise a good performance by the referee. I thought he was right not to give Rio a second yellow card but it was a foul on Adam for our goal.
Typically when United score in the 80th minute to draw level you feel that an onslaught is coming. In this case, after United scored, Liverpool almost scored directly from the kick off as Downing played in a fantastic ball to Kuyt who did ever so well to get on the end of it. The only problem was that his shot was too close to the United keeper who did well to save the effort. More Liverpool pressure with the very impressive Henderson hitting a fantastic effort that was saved by United Man of the Match, de Gea. More bedlam in the United penalty area as somehow Rooney stopped Suarez from heading the ball into the goal. To be fair to Rooney it was a great clearance. Our big centre back skied the rebound well over the top. In the last minute of the game Henderson had a great chance to take all 3 points after another good ball by Downing, but his header was over the top of the goal.
Overall it's only a point but this result shows how far we have come in one year in the fact that most LFC supporters are disappointed with the result. United came for the draw and they got it so credit to them.
I'm interested to see what will happen next week with Lucas out. I think a five man works when Luis is on his own. I felt Enrique was excellent today again and Kelly defended very well, then again it was against Giggs who did nothing. Kelly offered nothing going forward however. Jamie and Martin were solid at the back, perhaps both were a touch at fault for their goal but it was just a well worked corner. Downing was in and out of the match, but did show a willingness to run at the defence. Kuyt worked very hard and was unlucky not to score. I thought his passing was good. Finally it was great to have our captain back. I thought except for one clearance in the later stages of the match he was very good. Considering the tempo of the game it was fantastic to see him make it through the 90 minutes and to score a goal.
Gerrard was my man of the match and I also loved his five fingers celebration for the viewing Manc's all over the world.