Sacking's, 3 points and oh yeh, A semi final with the blues
One of the weirdest football games I have a seen in a good long while when Liverpool went to Blackburn on Tuesday night. The game was not really coming to life over the first 15 minutes with both sets of players feeling the game out. Liverpool had provided the game with much live besides for some clever passes by Shelvey and lots of good running by Bellamy. Other then that this had all the makings of a tight 0-0 affair.
After 15 minutes the game came to life after some good defensive work by Carroll allowed Skrtel to play the pass of the season, some 60 to 70 yards to wide open Bellamy. He burst into the box and played a ball across the face of the goal for who else, but Maxi, to slot home. A few minutes later, after some nice play by Shelvey, who's shot was fumbled but Carroll was on hand to stab at the ball, itl rebounded to Maxi who still had some work to do but finished with aplomb. At this point Blackburn's defending was shocking and a route looked on the cards. No one would have bet against Maxi getting his third Liverpool hatrick either. Then Flanagan took over and it's not unfair to say the young lad a a bit of nightmare.
He had committed a poor foul early on as was correctly booked. Then he went for a ball that he couldn't really win and committed another foul. Certainly this was borderline and some referees would have made the incorrect decision and sent him off but a harsh warning was all that he received. I think this rattled the youngster as his next involvement provided costly as he played a horrible back pass that was intercepted by Hoilet.
Hoilet went round Doni who clearly fouled him and was deservedly sent off. Up stepped Brad Jones, new father and a father that recently lost his son to Leukemia, making his Premier League debut for Liverpool Of course he saved the pk, which was one of the worst I have seen (except for Charlie Adam's in the Carling Cup final). It was a special moment for Brad Jones.
Liverpool dodged that bullet but it was short lived as some woeful marking by Johnson and Carroll allowed the Yak to head past Jones and Blackburn were right back in the match. Next up was a calamity of goal keeping errors. The ball was played back to Jones who should have kicked it first time but didn't. The Yak closed him down and his clearance rebounded off Yak straight into the air. My 7 year old daughter would have caught the rebound but somehow Jones dropped it and collided with Yak. I didn't think it was a pk, still don',t but I understand why the ref gave it. Jones could do nothing at this point but watch the Yak make it 2-2 from the spot.
Liverpool were the better team after that. Bellamy was everywhere, left back, right midfield, up front and he was my man of the match for his work rate, closely followed by Shelvey. Kenny made a good change giving Agger some much needed time on the pitch and at the death Liverpool snatched victory. A combination header from Agger and Carroll allowed the big man to power home in the 91st first minute. Carrolll did just ok in my opinion. He still does not work hard enough to get into the 6 yard box and he missed a complete sitter at 2-1 but give the big man credit, he was in the right spot to head the ball home and give us a much needed 3 points.
Damien Camolli left Liverpool today but mutual consent, which was hardly mutual after reading our Chairman's interview. I'm not quite sure of the entire reasons why he left the club but in looking at it no one can say that our last three transfer windows have been a total success. We have signed some very good players for a decent transfer fee, Coates, Enrique, Suarez, Bellamy. We have over spent for some average footballers, Downing, Henderson, Carroll and Adam. Overall someone had to pay the price for our poor league form and that was Comolli. I'm not bothered about the timing and I don't' think the players will be either. It does show that FSG have a ruthless streak about them when things don't work out as planned. I'm also pleased that I didn't read one rumor about this prior to it happening. Everything was kept in house, the way it should be. I also understand that our in house lawyer was fired, which can't be a bad thing given how SuarezGate was handled.
Oh yeh, and finally we have a little game down in Wembley against Everton this weekend. Should be interesting. It's over 48 hours hours to kick off and my nerves are already taking a beating.
AUTHORS NOTE: I INCORRECTLY REPORTED ABOVE THAT LIVERPOOL IN HOUSE ATTORNEY WAS LET GO. THIS IS NOT TRUE. JUST A RUMOR THAT I INCORRECTLY REPORTED ON.