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Chipping their way to the top as Liverpool batter West Bromwich Albion

Sourav Saha
SENIOR ANALYST
Modified 27 Oct 2013, 12:24 IST
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Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard celebrate the second goal against West Brom.

Dancing feet, arrowed headers, body feints are all the characteristics of the salsa. Arrowed headers, though are not a part of any dance genre for that matter, but it was the beautiful footwork on display by Luis Suarez once again that mesmerized all. Much has been written and said about the ‘SAS’ team comprising of Sturridge and Suarez especially after their displays over the past few weeks.

While Sturridge was still struggling to adapt to the pace, Suarez has been on fire since his return. His hunger for goals, combined with his ability to create has reduced the loss of Coutinho to injury this month. Although, there has been some shoddy defending by Liverpool in relation to set-pieces this season, it has been duly compensated by the thrilling open play which the Liverpool players have produced time and again this season.

It has been a bit of a revolution at the Merseyside this season with Everton and Liverpool both picking up points and scoring goals for fun. As can be seen by having one look at the table where the top 7 teams separated by 6 points, albeit with three of them still with a game in hand. Earlier on in the season, Liverpool have been accused of relaxing in the second half after maximising their efforts in the first half.

Here though, in response to the criticism, Liverpool continued to attack till the end, and Liverpool looked threatening every time they went forward. Suarez may have scored the hat-trick which sunk West Bromwich Albion, but it was a sublime chip which from Sturridge which would have grabbed headlines and a real contender for goal of the season. (Chips were the trend this Saturday, as there was further illustration in the ”El Clasico” where Sanchez for Barcelona settled the game with an audacious chip as well.)

Coming back to Anfield, it was more magic as Liverpool swept aside West Bromwich Albion. A quick fire double from Suarez in the first 20 minutes had already killed off the opposition. West Bromwich, though pulled their socks up and continued to attack and if not for injuries to Amalfitano and lack of clinical finishing, the story could have been quite different.

Skrtel, who was on the verge of leaving this summer excelled again with yet another display of brilliant defending. His missed opportunity to score a goal, was compensated with brilliant defending at the other end to deny Anelka.

Its pretty ironic that the players who wanted out from the club have excelled this season, and no amount of praise is enough to appreciate their professionalism. With Arsenal also picking up points earlier in the day, a top of the table clash is guaranteed and it’s been a pretty long time since the Liverpool fans have experienced a top of the table clash, especially 9 games into the season.

Published 27 Oct 2013, 12:24 IST
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