As I watched Liverpool’s match at White Hart Lane yesterday, I was frankly surprised by the ambition and fight that the Reds displayed against a very good Spurs team. Although some of Tottenham’s first half performance could be said to be a hangover from playing midweek against Werder Bremen, while Liverpool had an entire week to prepare for the Sunday match, there was clear switch in approach from the Reds which we haven’t seen from Roy’s team in away games this season. Hodgson admitted before the game about Liverpool’s poor away record this campaign:
“The away form has been bad for a long time. We’ve had one good victory and a couple of reasonable draws but I’m afraid in this league away victories are hard to come by.”
Considering that Liverpool had only won two away league games all year, and combined with Roy’s own very poor away record in his time with Fulham, the omens didn’t bode well that the performance against Spurs would be any better than those against Everton or Stoke. The first positive indication came when Liverpool’s starting eleven was announced. I, and other writers, on this site were making the case for Roy to start two up front, and go like for like with Spurs, to give the London club a run for their money in the attacking stakes. Considering the defensive and negative displays that have littered Liverpool’s away performances this season, I wasn’t holding my breath though that Roy would change to a more attacking approach.
The inclusion of Ngog, alongside Torres from the start however showed that Roy and the team would be facing the game in a positive, attacking intent, and it was clear from the first whistle that the Reds wanted to win the game, rather than settle for a draw. Before the match, Roy had stated a draw wouldn’t have satisfied either team, and he backed up his words with a team looking to put Spurs on the back foot. In the first half, they did just that, as shots from Rodriguez and Meireles, a goal from Martin Skrtel and excellent chances for Maxi and Torres to put the game out of sight, showed that if Liverpool play positively, they have a team good enough to trouble the best teams in the Premier League, even away from home.
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