The Boys are Back in Town!
It was good to see us triumph over Burnley on Saturday and I believe there were a number of good reasons for the renewed vigour displayed by the players on the pitch at Anfield on the weekend, and here they are.
It seems obvious but we always perform at our best when we get a relatively early goal. Remember the Aston Villa game, we had chance after chance after chance and we didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet, inevitably when this happens our player’s heads drop and then the result of the game is anyone’s guess. The fact that Yossi Benayoun put us ahead before the half hour mark was crucial.
With Javier Mascherano out, the young Brazilian adopted a more defensive role and one that in my view suits him far better than when he is pushing up the field. I have said this before but I think it’s worth repeating. Lucas is far more a Javier than a Xabi Alonso and the sooner he is played in a more battling type of role the sooner we will see him improve.
The Closing of the Transfer Window
I think that the transfer window that just shut had a big effect on goings on at the club and in a way with all that speculation and indeed the probable rejection that Rafa had gotten with regards to getting extra funds done and dusted there seems to be an air of getting on with what we have on offer. There seems a sense from within Liverpool Football Club that in some ways that the club is now on a more stable footing because they simply have to make do with what they have, for better or worse. Sure we could have done with another back up striker or perhaps another ‘big name’ attacker, but I think everyone from the fans to the backroom staff and players themselves now realises that it’s time to let the football to the talking.
This season could well be the Israeli’s year. The past two terms he has battled manfully to get Rafa’s attention and now the Spaniard will find it hard to not call upon Yossi even when there are no injury problems. Played in a more central role on Saturday but in truth is always an impact player wherever he plays. He is the kind of player who may not be terrific at any one particular avenue of ability but is very useful across the board. By this I mean, he may not be the best tackler in the world but he will always be there to give it a go. He may not be the fastest player around but will make up for it by using his footballing brain to crop up at the right place at the right time. The kind of player who you can depend on and surely a player who deserves a run out week in, week out. Whether its out on either flank or in the centre, he surely needs to be one of the first names on the team sheet?