The Season So Far – September At A Glance

The month of September was a bit up and down in terms of results overall. However up and down it was though amongst the “ups”was a tremendous 1-0 victory against the old foe from down the East Lancs Road – Manchester United. Yet another Daniel Sturridge goal on 1st September saw us maintain our 100% winning start to the campaign, but more importantly than the statistics, registering a win against Man Utd is always special.

Maybe just as significant as the victory was witnessing how ordinary Man Utd looked. Over the last few years the Man Utd juggernaut has had an air of invincibility about it with their side littered with so many stars and match winners. This current Utd side however does not seem to strike too much fear though. Only time will tell how their season is to pan out. Was Fergie right to bail out when he did?

We then had the international break followed by a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea City. Now, what is it about former players facing their previous clubs? Step forward one Jonjo Shelvey.

I know it happens to most teams but when it happens to your team it seems to stick in your mind more. For instance, I remember Graeme Souness selling Dean Saunders to Aston Villa during the week before we played them at Villa Park. And sure enough it was scripted for “Deano” to score and score he did as we went down to a 4-2 defeat with Saunders scoring two (don’t mention “Rocket Ronnie” Rosenthal’s sitter that he missed!). Saunders also scored against us at Anfield at the Kop end in the next game against Villa. Like many players nowadays he did not celebrate scoring against his former team out of respect for his former employers.

Well against us Jonjo Shelvey initially came back to haunt us then proceeded to become our chief provider as he gifted two goals. He opened the scoring for Swansea to record his first competitive goal for the Swans but then his back pass straight to the lethal Daniel Sturridge and his nicely weighted pass to Victor Moses presented us with a 2-1 lead. We didn’t get a kick in the second half and it was no surprise when Shelvey was involved in the equaliser. A 2-2 draw – a point gained or two points lost?

Next up was Southampton at Anfield. The best we can say about a 0-1 reversal is that we were awful, Southampton were good and full value for their win.

Any game against Man Utd is a big occasion, but our Capital One cup tie against them at Old Trafford (are they ever drawn away in Cup matches??) had an extra edge to it as it saw the return of one special player….take centre stage Mr Luis Suarez. We lost the game 1-0 but ask any Reds fan if he would swap the Cup tie result with the three points we got from in the league and the answer would be an emphatic “No”, give us the three points every time.

Sunderland away on the 29th September really did herald the return of the mercurial Luis Suarez as we ran out comfortable 3-1 winners. Suarez grabbed two goals while, no surprise, Daniel Sturridge scored the other.

Although the season is still in its infancy we have already seen enough to suggest our campaign may well be a lot better than last season. Tougher tests ahead but suffice to say we are looking a more polished, accomplished team and seem to have the desire and hunger about us that all successful teams should possess. We are so lucky to have the goal threats of both Suarez and Sturridge but lets not forget the impact of all of the other members of our squad, in particular Simon Mignolet who seems to have more “proper saves” as I call them in two months than Pepe Reina made in three years. Sorry Pepe, not really having a go just pointing out that Mignolet for me is a far better keeper.

Anyway, onwards and upwards to October……

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