Five Points from Liverpool vs Stoke City

Luck Favours the Brave

It was once again heading to a frustration day for the Anfield faithfuls as Liverpool looked poor at their attacking third, misfiring open chances. It all came down for a right-back to find the back of the net in the closing stages of the match with a bold header that had a standing ovation from the home crowd. Glen Johnson was the quickest to react once Rickie Lambert’s towering header came off the woodwork. Despite not the most fine-looking goal, he deserves huge appreciation for the bravery as well as desire to get the best for the team. It was the England international’s 2nd goal in three years, yet it came in the right moment to offer Brendan Rodgers some sort of relieve.

The Reds Looked Solid at the Back

Since the beginning of the season, lots of trolls and memes were out teasing Liverpool’s defensive woes and Kolo Toure shoved off all those nonsenses with an inspiring performance. Clearly, the Reds boss has lost faith in 20 million pounds signing, Dejan Lovren where the Ivory Coast man started two matches continuously. Toure who was a vital part of Arsene Wenger’s Invisible Trophy team, had a great link up play with Slovakian Martin Skrtel. With Frenchman Mamadou Sakho back from injury, Liverpool have more options and ideally not laying hopes on wobbly Lovren.

The Potters have a Decent Frontline

The former Barcelona striker Bojan Krkic was unlucky not to add his name into the score sheet as his thunderous shot came of the pose. Throughout the match, he largely impressed with his pace and work rate. Moreover, Mame Biram Diouf who has scored three goals so far this season, was lively and made Simon Mignolet busy with couple of saves. Stoke City are rather unfortunate after Victor Moses picked up an injury which have him sidelined for approximately five weeks.

Brendan Rodgers Took a Good Risk

Many questions were raised when the squad lineup was announced, Steven Gerrard were among the bench list. Additionally, it was the club icon’s 16th anniversary at Liverpool since making his first appearance against Blackburn Rovers in 1998. It was delightful to witness the team stepping up and did not look like missing their captain marvel. Undoubtedly, the 34-year old needs some rest to ensure he plays 100% for the upcoming match against Leicester City away from home. Furthermore, Lucas Leiva filled Gerrard’s role remarkably with robust tackles and shield for the back four. However, the influential Liverpool legend is not at his finest hence needs time to secure a place in the dream team!

The Reds Need to Gear up!

Brendan Rodger’s side need to build on their momentum after an inspirational second half performance that led to a victory. After three consecutive Premier League defeats, they finally got maximum points. They have already dropped points numerous times and any slipups against Leicester City and Sunderland will be a huge setback. Regardless of a win, Liverpool still sit at the lower half of the table, moreover they face arch rivals Manchester United and Arsenal from the mid of December.

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