Liverpool needed 3 points or risk sliding down the table. They sure did deliver. They weren’t their imperious best like they have been at Anfield( bar Southampton) but it is the three points that matter.
Since the match wasn’t live on Tv in India and it took me a while before I could find suitable streams( found mine at eplhome.com) , 12 minutes of match were up and I was just in time to watch Sagbo volley over the crossbar and into the Kop. That would be the closest they got to the Liverpool goal all the match. I ain’t even mad.
On 19 minutes, a Coutinho free kick( earned by Suarez by a Meyler tackle) found Suarez who headed the ball into the net. Suarez found the linesman’s flag up for offside.
That usual sight,but sadly offside
As the match wore on, it soon became clear Hull came into this match with one, and only one agenda : Stop Luis Suarez even if you have to break his legs. the treatment he has been receiving since the city game, is a bit shocking. I am all up for ” manning up” but this is going too far. earlier it was Meyler, now it was Alex Bruce. I would borrow Moyes’ quote( I apologize profusely :P) ” He was being kicked from pillar to post”.
Coutinho shot from the free kick straight at McGregor and was again called into action when Sterling shot at him after being put through by Cissokho).
The breakthrough came through a setpiece. Countinho delivered one sumptuous corner from the right hand side and it was met by Daniel Agger who thundered in a header on 37 mintues. McGregor was unsighted due to the clever presence of Jordan Henderson( that smart lad).
Agger heads Liverpool into the lead
Aspas was silent( he really needs to find his feet in the Premier league) and hadonly one telling contribution when he turned Coutinho’s pass into the path of Jordan Henderson who should have scored. Similarly, when Coutinho was put through by Johnson by a lofted pass, he controlled the ball beautifully but he put his shot wide, much to the chagrin of Anfield faithful. the first half drew to a close with Liverpool carrying a slender lead through Daniel Agger.
Suarez was booked, i think not for the one foul he made, rather the reason was he kept going on at the referee.
at the end of first half, I wad neither too happy or unhappy. We needed to finish Hull off before they could pull level. With the kind of luck we had, they might as well had.
Second Half :
The second half began with Jake Livermore floating the ball over the LFC box.
Then the moment which we had been waiting for over 180 minutes of Premier League minutes. 25 yards to goal. Kop End. Suarez over it. Top left corner. That has been repeated so oft this season, that brilliance seems routine. 2-0 to Liverpool and may i say, “There is only one Pistolero”. Now that we had a two goal lead, the Hull city players started to focus on the football more than they did on Suarez.
Another sight we have become used to. And brilliance too.
Johnson was taken off for Toure, and will be assessed for injury, I hope it’s not a lengthy layoff.
On 60 minutes, Anfield welcomed its most celebrated son, Steven Gerrard for Iago Aspas after nearly a month, with Daniel Agger handing over the captain’s armband to where it belongs.
LFC welcomed back Gerrard
Coutinho it seemed had a grudge against Hull City( like Suarez apparently has against Norwich City) going on mazy runs( THAT run in the dying minutes) and shooting on sight. much to the dismay of the Kop, either it was in McGregor’s hands or in the hands of supporters. He really did deserve at least a goal for his efforts. He should maybe take finishing lessons from his Uruguayan team-mate.
So, all in all,3 points in the bag and back in the Top 4. All we need to do is keep on winning and let the table care of itself. One match a time.
Till later, You’ll Never Walk Alone.
PS : Star Sports, you are as useful as “ay” in okay. why do you buy rights of English Premier League and only choose to show it on 1 channel. I know you want to earn through your HD channels, but it ain’t fair if you keep showing highlights of test matches.
All images from www.liverpoolfc.tv