So goes the story of Liverpool FC this season, as former captain Steve McMahon rightly pointed out on Sunday after the game, drawing against the league leaders at home isn’t the worst result but when that mirrors similar results against Sunderland, Norwich, and Swansea, it’s a heck of a lot of points dropped.
On Sunday, Manchester City pressed hard in the first half and probably deserved the spot of luck they had to get a goal scored of Vincent Kompany’s shoulder.
Huge element of luck actually, considering the Belgian completely missed his header, the ball would’ve done more justice to head towards the corner flag than the top corner of the net.
In retaliation, Liverpool rode their own luck to equalise from a deflected Charlie Adam shot off Joleon Lescott’s outstretched right boot.
Now the problem isn’t a lack of pressure exerted by the Reds in the second half to grab a winner. There were plenty of close chances – Suarez’s cut back from the left towards Dirk Kuyt nearly left Lescott red-faced again (quite a pun for a former Evertonian) as his two attempts to clear both rebounded against Kuyt and trickled out of play for a goal kick.
Excellent play between Lucas Leiva and Suarez forced Joe Hart in to the first of his many saves. Andy Carroll, after coming on for the last 7 minutes, made as much impact as he could’ve.
Here’s the issue on Liverpool’s part though. They now have a manager in Kenny Dalglish who doesn’t make the best decisions in terms of selection. After starting with Bellamy and Maxi Rodriguez against Chelsea last week, there was no justification in not playing Maxi again.
Jordan Henderson hasn’t done much wrong in the last two games. In fact he hasn’t done much at all. Apart from a couple of inspirational plays to take him past Ashley Cole last week and Gael Clichy this Sunday, he’s been quite benign down the right hand side.
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