By mowords, 30-01-2013, 23:02:09
With our new number 10 Philippe Coutinho watching on, Liverpool drew with Arsenal at the Emirates after throwing away a 0-2 lead.
|The draw leaves us three points behind our north London hosts and but the performance will stoke belief among players and fans that Champions League football is a possibility next year.
The partnership between Luis Suarez and new boy Daniel Sturridge showed again that it just might deliver on its potential with Suarez snatching an early goal in the first five minutes.
The partnership almost bore fruit in the 10th minute when Suarez curled a ball, with the outside of his right foot, at speed around Vermaelen and into Sturridge’s path, but Daniel’s shot didn’t match the pass.
We were strong for the rest of the first half but couldn’t add to our lead until the hour mark when Jordan Henderson silenced doubters with a strong finish to seemingly win the match.
Just five minutes later we fell apart conceding to Giroud and Walcott in quick succession.
Clearly rocked, Liverpool clung on as Arsenal surged forward, but we grew stronger as the game came to a close.
Both sides came close several times in a hectic last ten minutes but Reds will be pleased with some of the quality we showed while lamenting not bagging full points in a dominant first hour.
Rodgers had taken the controversial step of dropping Martin Skrtel to the bench after a run of sub-par performances and his replacement, Jamie Carragher, showed how valuable he still is to Liverpool organising the back line and taking a cracking blow to the ribs for his troubles.
The match was watched by 3,000 travelling Reds and we are the first club to take up our full away allocation at the Emirates, which has been slammed for charging £62 for an adult away ticket.
Liverpool now go on to face league champions Man City in an even tougher away match on Sunday with knowledge that we can launch attacks that can scare anyone.