With Birmingham travelling to Anfield in the midst of a relegation battle and with Liverpool playing the best football they have managed in over two years, the Reds’ emphatic win should come as no surprise. But taking into account that Liverpool teams have failed to beat the brummies in the Premier League in seven years it must surely prove that progression has been made with King Kenny at the helm.
Admittedly, some of these teams to take to the field against Birmingham during these years have been quite low in quality but even when Liverpool were scoring goals for fun the year they finished second the still failed to beat the bullish blues. The reasons for this may have been a lack in quality as mentioned but it may also be down to mismanagement as both Benitez and Hodgson let complacency settle amongst the ranks.
Last Saturday when Dalglish’s new look Liverpool took to the field to face our bogie side there was no chance of this unwanted trend continuing. Dalglish set up, what must be remembered as an injury hit team, in a manner that treated the guests with respect but nothing more. Kenny’s Liverpool sides always press high and look to attack the opposition regardless of where they sit in the league. That is what Liverpool did and they did it for ninety minutes ensuring City’s fans do not enjoy the trip to Anfield as much as they have seemed to enjoy it in the past. Benitez and Hodgson both made mistakes which always seemed to come home to roost at the site of Birmingham City. Their teams were too negative and too many changes were made to the team in order to allow the better players in the squad to get a “much needed” rest.
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