Yesterday, the Kop stood up to give our Argentinian winger a standing ovation in what looked to be his farewell match in front of the Anfield faithful. Yesterday, we also saw Andy Carroll improve on his performance at Wembley, as the Englishman provided a man of the match performance to win over the Kop.
First of all, I do understand the importance of not getting too excited after this result. I will admit that although they had the likes of Ramires, Terry and Lampard in the team, they indeed missed the core of the team in Petr Cech, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba and especially their creative midfielder/winger Juan Mata. Ross Turnbull absolutely gifted Jonjo Shelvey his goal, although he did indeed take it very well.
Although it was a performance that saw neither of Liverpool’s strikers go on the scoresheet, it was a performance that will be remembered by Liverpool’s season ticket holders till the start of next season, and potentially what could become the most potent strikeforce in the Premier League.
Andy Carroll won most of his aerial battles against John Terry, who was made to look poor by Liverpool’s attacking duo. Luis Suarez provided his usual magic, and even managed to nutmeg the now ex-English International Captain on numerous (yes, more than one) occasions.
I’ve talked about Jordan Henderson in my previous posts, needing to move forward and think about passing forward instead of making square passes, and I think he’s growing in confidence by the week. His goal against Chelsea last night will certainly do him a world of good, and can only be something to build on for next season.
As you guys know, I’m also a big fan of our English youngster in Raheem Sterling. I was happy to see him get those few minutes last night. He showed that he indeed was a bit of a showboat, a type of player which Liverpool haven’t had in a while. I honestly think that he is the real deal, and is ready to make his breakthrough season next season.
Yesterday we also said goodbye to Argentinian midfielder/winger/second striker Maxi Rodriguez. A fantastic servant to the club and really deserves more games in my opinion. He salvaged Liverpool’s second half of the season last year with a few inspiring hat-tricks, to help Liverpool recover from their awful start to the season under now England manager, Roy Hodgson.
Published with permission from Two Liverpool Fans.