Anzhi 1 – 0 Liverpool


    By AmericanKopite, 08-11-2012, 20:18:43

    Bad luck for the traveling Kop as they say our boys go down 1-nil in Moscow to Group A leaders Anzhi.

    Brendan Rodgers had rested almost all his regular starters for the weekend clash against Chelsea, so this mostly youthful side captained by Jamie Carragher faced an uphill challenge against a team who hasn’t lost a single European game at home this year.

    The first European away loss for our side started as a strong 45 minutes with the defence holding strong despite strong runs by Traore and Eto’o.

    It wasn’t until the 23rd minute that Jonjo Shelvey had opened up Anzhi’s midfield with lovely touches and a cool pass to Adam Morgan, who’s shot didn’t trouble Anzhi keeper Vladimir Gabulov. The next few minutes we dominated by Liverpool, but it was until a rare 29th minute substitution by Anzhi that saw their side take control for the rest of the half.

    Brad Jones made himself a household name with excellent saves all throughout the night including the save of the game in the 36th minute when Samuel Eto’o raced around Andre Wisdom to fire a laser at Brad Jones, but the Australian international made his intentions known with a brilliant save.

    The match leveled out in terms of dominance for the rest of the half until ten seconds before the whistle a lapse in Liverpool’s defence saw Lacina Traore in open space with Jones off his line and all that was left to do was a cool chip over Jones to make the score 1-nil just moments before the halftime whistle.

    Possession became the name of the game as it was all Liverpool in the early moments of the second half, but poor runs and a great defence didn’t allow the visitors to capitalize but for one shining moment when young Adam Morgan took an awkwardly angled shot that spun off course for a goal kick.

    Liverpool first two changes came in the 61st minute when Dani Pacheco and Suso came on to replace Adam Morgan and Connor Coady, respectively.

    The attack-minded changes by Brendan Rodgers showed and Liverpool was off to the races with Jamie Carragher pressing forward in the late 69th minute.

    Joe Cole who hasn’t made himself heard at all this year had a chance in the 76th minute, but to no avail, and it would be his last touch of the match as he would shortly come off for Ousamma Assaidi.

    Up until the 80th minute it was all Anzhi, but the pressure was on for the home side with Liverpool putting 5 men in the attacking third for the rest of the match.

    Pressure, pressure, pressure, and nothing to come of it but one free kick in the 87th minute from Jonjo Shelvey that did nothing to trouble the man between the sticks.

    The final whistle came just four minutes after the home side was delighted to keep their perfect record and go top of Group A with Udinese looking to join them level on seven points.

    The only bookings of the match came in the 33rd and 38th minute for Jonjo Shelvey and Jon Flanagan who were carded for a dive late in the match and an elbow thrown.

    The reds will make a journey to London on Sunday to visit 2nd place Chelsea, and then it’s back to Anfield to host Wigan athletic on Saturday, the 17th. The next European match will be at home that following Thursday the 22nd and Liverpool will try to go back to top of the group and move on in Europe.

    Until then, YNWA.


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