I was at White Hart Lane to witness what was surely Liverpool’s best away display of the season on Sunday. That might not be saying much as the Reds have had a pretty poor away record for the calendar year with only two away wins, but the first half especially showed a great deal of promise for the future. I wrote in an article yesterday that I was surprised about the boldness of Roy Hodgson employing a 4-4-2 formation, and the attacking mentality nearly paid off. If we had taken our first half chances, we would have surely been rewarded with a victory.
Central to Liverpool’s good display in parts was the partnership of Lucas Leiva and Raul Meireles in central midfield. I have mentioned already in another article about Lucas’s recent displays and suffice to say, he is streets ahead of our other defensive midfielder Christian Poulsen at the moment, breaking up opposition attacks, intercepting passes and starting off threatening attacks for the Reds. Meireles has however also found his feet in his two most recent games. It can be no coincidence that his best displays have come playing in his favoured position in central midfield in Steven Gerrard’s absence. Although certainly not playing at his optimum level yet, there are more and more glimpses that he is getting to grips with English football and the Premier League.
Against West Ham a couple of weeks ago, he began to show his good passing range and his control of the game, which was lacking when he was sidelined to playing on the right hand side. The 27 year old neither provided any width from the right nor contributed a great deal in more central positions, with the exception of a few perfectly weighted passes and one twos. It was said that Roy was trying to find his best position but if his two previous performances are anything to go by, it looks clear that the manager was trying to accommodate him in the starting eleven while Steven Gerrard took his place in central midfield.
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