West Ham 1 Liverpool 2 – The Reds Edge Closer

Many pundits often say that to be a successful team you have to acquire the acumen or the nous to win ugly. In other words, to be able to win a match even though you are not playing particularly well. The sign of true champions is to be able to grind out a result when you are not at your best.

Anyone who follows football will acknowledge that Liverpool have played some breathtakingly brilliant football at time season. We have blown away formidable opponents such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United and Everton with our brand of swashbuckling, inventive and so effective football. When teams “come out to play” against us we have invariably brushed them aside with a swagger and a confidence that has been rarely seen at The Fields Of Anfield Road for many years. It has been a joy for Liverpool fans to watch our beloved Reds this season as the goals have flowed and the excitement levels have reached fever pitch.

The doubters however have raised concerns regarding Liverpool’s ability to knuckle down and scrap and battle for the points if the free-flowing football machine had stalled for the day, or the opposition’s style of play stifled our cavalier approach. We witnessed one such occasion recently when Sunderland visited Anfield. We weren’t at our best and all credit to Sunderland they played exceptionally well on the night. In previous seasons we probably would have lost or drawn such a game but today’s Liverpool are made of sterner stuff. We beat the Black Cats 2-1 to maintain our title challenge.

At the beginning of March when most fans looked forward to the next batch of fixtures, two “potential banana skin” away games were on the horizon. Southampton away and West Ham away. We came away from Southampton with a relatively straightforward 3-0 win and with a growing reputation that we might have finally become a side that can acclimatise to different match situations and get the result come what may.

In the past West Ham have been noted for their own brand of attractive football but now managed by Sam Allardyce, all those principles and the finer points of the game, have not unsurprisingly gone out of the window as Allardyce has West Ham playing the “up and at ’em” style of football he has inflicted on every other side he has managed.

There was no doubt that this would be a stern test for the men from Anfield but, like most other tests put before them, Liverpool came up trumps and emerged victors in a really tough encounter. Forget for the moment the refereeing issues and lets just look at the game and the result overall. Liverpool deserved to win this match and did so to provide all their doubters with some more humble pie.

As in so many games before, Steven Gerrard stepped up to the plate and led by example. His two cool penalties ensured the three points were heading to Anfield and we would again be returning to the top of the league.

The way in which the fans celebrated suggests that the “Make Us Dream” banner may soon be replaced by “We Now Believe”

Five Cup Finals left, with the very impressive and title favourites Manchester City up next. The way Liverpool have gone about their business this season, who would bet against us turning City over and taking yet another all important step to possible glory!!

Watch the highlights from the game here in this video below…..


West Ham Vs Liverpool 1 – 2 (6 April 2014)

The fans celebrated with even more belief

 

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Liverpool fans celebrate victory over West Ham at Upton Park 6 April 2014.

 


Liverpool March On In March

After the victory against Swansea we faced some very testing away fixtures in March – three in succession as it happens. The first one at Southampton had “difficult”and “banana skin” stamped right through it, but Liverpool more than acquitted themselves when they came away with a relatively comfortable 3-0 victory.

I say “relatively” as Southampton gave us some real scary moments after we took the lead and for 25 minutes of the first half looked a real threat and arguably deserved to draw level before the break instead of going in 1-0 down, courtesy of yet another Luis Suarez strike.

The second half was totally different however as Liverpool dominated the proceedings very much from start to finish. Luis Suarez turned provider for Raheem Sterling to make it 2-0 with a simple tap in finish and – no surprises – Suarez was involved again in the third goal when he was brought down in injury time to provide Steven Gerrard with the opportunity to wrap things up at 3-0.

Some very good points, none more so than the blossoming form and maturity of Raheem Sterling. Playing alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has certainly brought his game on along with the expert advice and coaching provided by Brendan Rodgers.

See some of the highlights from the match here…..

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We did not have a fixture the following week (8th March) due to Sunderland’s involvement in the FA Cup, so our next fixture was against our old friends from down the East Lancs Road and current champions, Manchester United. For so many seasons this fixture had Reds fans fearing the worst and as expected we came away with nothing to show. However, this year was different as we were brimming with confidence. We were scoring goals for fun and playing with a freedom and swagger that had not been seen since probably the 1987/88 season when Messrs Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge were that day’s equivalent of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling. Manchester United on the other hand were struggling and way off the pace in the Premier League title race.

The biggest surprise about Liverpool’s emphatic 3-0 triumph was that it was only 3-0. The scoreline flattered Manchester United without a shadow of a doubt. Liverpool dominated from start to finish and goals from Steven Gerrard (2) and Luis Suarez saw Liverpool continue their current run of impressive form.

No doubt, these highlights of the match will bring a smile to the face of many a Reds fan…..

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As will these goal celebrations by the fans….

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Liverpool fans live, uncensored reactions as the goals went in at Old Trafford in LFC’s 0-3 win over Man United…. Filmed at The Dovey on Penny Lane in Live…

So far so good with Liverpool’s difficult three game excursions. Maximum points, six goals and no goals conceded. Next up were relegation threatened Cardiff City. Gone was the same assurances we saw against Southampton and Manchester United, as we reverted back to our, “you score one and we’ll score two” game plan. Talk about Stoke City and Swansea City revisited.

Liverpool deservedly went 1-0 down in the 9th minute only for Luis Suarez to level things on the 16th minute mark. Back came Cardiff and lead again through ex-Man Utd striker, Fraizer Campbell. In previous seasons that would more than likely have been that. A dispiriting defeat against one of the so-called lesser teams. But this is Brendan Rodgers Liverpool FC – a completely a different animal to its predecessors. The never say die attitude is there in abundance and a 2-1 deficit does not now necessarily mean the end of the game in terms of us getting anything out of the game. No surprises then when Martin Skrtel equalised on 41 minutes to send us in at the break at 2-2.

The second half was all Liverpool as we notched another four goals to Cardiff’s one. Inevitably both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge got in on the goal-scoring act, with Suarez completing yet another hat-trick. Maybe a bit more surprising was Martin Skrtel’s second goal – the second time this season he has scored two goals (in the right net that is!!).

The pace and the incisiveness of Liverpool’s play is now just a joy to watch. Players freely interchange and the team spirit is there for all to see in abundance. The least said about Cardiff manager, and ex-Man Utd striker, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s typically bitter and childish post-match comment the better.

There was a lot going on in this game, so if you have a spare hour or so (only kidding) check out the highlights here…..

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Cardiff City vs Liverpool 3-6 ~ All Goals & Highlights [22/03/2014]

Three away games at tough venues, three wins, 12 goals with 3 conceded. What a month so far for Liverpool. Onto Anfield next for two difficult fixtures against relegation threatened Sunderland and European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur. The Sunderland game saw us suffer some “squeaky bum” moments before we emerged as 2-1 winners. Goals from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge saw us go 2-0 up before Sunderland replied with a goal conceded yet again from a set piece in the 76th minute. Some fans were critical of Jon Flanagan for losing his man (Ki) at the corner, but for me the ball should not have travelled so far. Yet again Martin Skrtel was too hell bent on wrestling his opponent instead of concentrating on the ball and clearing the danger. The last 20 minutes or so were fraught to say the least, but we won and most importantly another 3 points were in the bag. As they say, to be successful you have to win ugly sometimes.

Enjoy some of the highlights and the nail-biting roller coaster here…..

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The 30th March 1964 saw us beat Tottenham Hotspur to go top of the First Division and to go on to be eventual champions. But what would 30th March 2014 bring us? Well, the answer is it brought us another emphatic victory as we ran out easy 4-0 winners. It was, in all fairness, one of our easiest fixtures of the season. Sunderland gave us much more to think about the previous Wednesday than the mis-firing Spurs did.

Goals from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, the ever-improving Jordan Henderson and a Younis Kaboul own goal saw Liverpool complete an easy afternoon’s work and, more significantly, saw us move back to the top of the League. The atmosphere before, during and after the game was incredible as the fan’s belief gushed down from the terraces.

See how Liverpool reached top spot here…..

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So now we have 6 games to go. Six Cup Finals and with the title in our own hands. Win all six and we are champions. A big ask admittedly especially as we still have to play our two biggest title rivals, Manchester City and Chelsea, at home. But win the title or not, this Brendan Rodgers Liverpool has made us dream and believe again. Strap yourselves in for the remaining six games – it is likely to be a stormy ride!!


Liverpool 4, Swansea 3 – Never A Dull Moment!!

Watching Liverpool this season has been both a joy and, at times, a very nerve-wracking experience. This encounter ticked both those boxes. Swansea for their part were magnificent and to many observers, were deserving of at least a point. But, this is the “new” Liverpool. A side packed not only with quality, style and goals, but also resilience and determination.

The match itself saw Liverpool race into a two goal lead through goals by Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson. The way Liverpool have been this season, fans would have been forgiven if they now expected an onslaught on the Swansea goal and another 5 goal extravaganza. But, it was not to be as Swansea wiped out Liverpool’s two goal advantage within a few minutes, with one of the goals coming from ex-Red, Jonjo Shelvey – and what an excellent strike it was as well.

Back came Liverpool though just on the half-hour mark with yet another Daniel Sturridge goal – this time a header from some typically smart and inventive play from Luis Suarez. With almost an hour still to play and the way Liverpool were defending, it was too much to expect Liverpool to see the game out from there. Swansea looked as though goals still in them and so it proved in the first couple of minutes of the second half when Martin Skrtel, not for the first time this season, tried to wrestle his opponent instead of heading the ball away from danger. The “Skrtel Wrestle” penalty was finally awarded and Wilfried Bony converted to make it 3-3.

Jordan Henderson’s season has gone from strength to strength and at last he seems to be adding a few goals to his otherwise excellent overall play. On 75 minutes he linked up well in attack, got a decent shot away and was on hand to slot home the rebound after Michel Vorm saved his initial effort. Cue delirium, cue more nail-biting as Liverpool hung on for another vital three points against a very good Swansea side.

Talks of securing a top four place abound and as some fans are now saying – dare we believe for something even better than a fourth place. The team is full of goals and full of confidence with so many players playing out of their skin. Our achilles heel is of course our defensive weaknesses. With the return of Glen Johnson, Daniel Agger and the imminent return of Jose Enrique and Mamadou Sakho, maybe the defence will tighten up. So maybe, just maybe we can dare dream about a place higher than fourth. Watch this space!!

Watch the video highlights of the match below…….

 

 

 

On This Day – February 21st 2007

Rafa Benitez took Liverpool to another European Cup Final in 2007. On the way to that final we went to the Nou Camp, Barcelona on 21st February and triumphed by 2-1. In doing so, we confirmed our status of being the only English side to have won there playing against Barcelona (Man Utd won there against Bayern Munich in 1999).  We have in fact won there twice. The other occasion being when we won there in the semi-final of the UEFA Cup in 1976.

In our 2007 encounter, goals from Craig Bellamy and John Arne Riise cancelled out Deco’s opener for Barcelona. A fantastic achievement by the Reds and very much a well deserved victory.

Watch how some of our fans enjoyed themselves that day……..

 

 

On This Day – 20th February 1991

I remember the day so well. Two main events that day. One on the field and one off it. The on-field event was an epic and one of, if not the best, Merseyside derby. Liverpool and Everton locked horns for the third game in a row when they met each other at Goodison Park in an FA Cup fifth round replay. The first of the three games ended in a 3-1 League victory for Liverpool at Anfield. Eight days later the two sides met again at Anfield in the FA Cup – a game that ended 0-0.

So, onto Goodison for the replay, a game that can only be described as an epic rollercoaster. Liverpool saw the lead slip from their grasp on four occasions. Peter Beardsley, given a rare start by Kenny Dalglish after the acquisition of David Speedie, scored twice in normal time, with Ian Rush also netting his customary goal against The Toffees. But each time, Everton equalised, with two Graeme Sharp goals and a Tony Cottee strike three minutes from time.

Into extra time and John Barnes curled in a beauty to make it 4-3 only to see Tony Cottee snatch a fourth equaliser and his second goal of the night to send the tie to a second replay. For the record there were no penalty shoot-outs in those days and also for the record, Everton won the second replay 1-0 courtesy of a Dave Watson header to bring to an end a marathon sequence of four Merseyside derbies in 18 frantic days.

As scintillating and exciting as the 4-4 draw was, the game itself was somewhat overshadowed by the huge announcement from Liverpool after the game. “King” Kenny Dalglish had resigned. In more ways than one, that event was a huge defining moment in Liverpool’s history. The stresses of top flight management and Hillsborough took its toll on King Kenny as he decided to take a well earned break away from football to recharge his exhausted batteries.

See some of the action from that epic FA Cup tie here below…..

 

Arsenal 2, Liverpool 1 – Oh What A Webb You Weave Howard!!

Unlike last week after Liverpool’s 5-1 demolition of Arsenal, quality of football and goals wasn’t the main talking point after the game. Yet again, the talking point was Howard Webb, the incredibly inefficient referee who somehow has booked himself a flight to Brazil for this summers World Cup.

The game itself was full of incident and could have seen Liverpool manage a repeat performance of the league game a week earlier in by scoring two quick, early goals if Daniel Sturridge hadn’t left his shooting boots at home.

Liverpool were the better team and created the more and better chances by some distance. Arsenal at times, despite their normal spells of “tippy-tappy” football looked a bit ragged. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave the Gooners a 16th minute lead when Liverpool, for the umpteenth time this season, failed to deal with a set piece. Straight after the break, Liverpool were 2-0 as The Ox set up Lukas Podolski for a simple finish.

Even so, all did not seem lost for Liverpool as they were playing so well and not deserving to be 2-0 down. Steven Gerrard scored a penalty for Liverpool in the 59th minute to give them the lift and the momentum they needed. As much as the 59th minute decision was a penalty, the incident a few minutes later, again involving Luis Suarez was as big a “stonewall penalty” as you will ever see. Incredibly though Howard Webb didn’t award it.

Now there can be mitigating circumstances with some refereeing decisions. For instance, the referee’s view may be obstructed or he may have been too far away to see the incident clearly. But in this case there is no such defence for Mr Webb. He was probably about ten yards away at most and had an unobstructed view. So, why didn’t he give it and why didn’t he give the other “nailed on” penalty at Stamford Bridge when Samuel Etoo brought down Luis Suarez? Only Mr Webb knows, which is so wrong. Football has moved on so much over the last 20 years or so but unfortunately one big part of the game – ie the match officials – are still protected by “dinosaur rules” and have not advanced into the modern footballing world.

So, what is required? Video refereeing? Most definitely. But, just as important, they should be accountable. They should be made to stand in front of the cameras and explain such key decisions. If not, then why not? It is as if the match officials are placing themselves above everyone else involved in football, but ask any football fan who are the most important people in football and to a man they will emphatically announce that it is the fans. And it is the fans who are kept in the dark and denied what should be a routine explanation by the match referee. It needs to be sorted, and sorted soon, otherwise officials Mr Webb will continue to make such crucial mistakes and continue to hide in his ivory tower, safe in the knowledge that he is fireproof.

FIFA and UEFA, listen to the fans, and get this fundamental requirement sorted….soon.

If you haven’t seen the “non-penalty” incident watch it here……

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Karl Pilkington decides to referee Arsenal vs Liverpool in the FA Cup.

and see what the panel on ESPN thought about the incident….

Liverpool 5, Arsenal 1

Take a good look at that scoreline because they don’t get much better than that. In fact, as good as that scoreline is, 5-1 actually flattered the absolutely outclassed Gunners. Four goals, two other chances and Suarez hitting the woodwork all in the first 19 minutes put all Liverpool fans into dreamland and all Arsenal fans into despair.

Much has been said as to whether this was Liverpool’s finest performance not only of this season, but also for some years. They absolutely battered Arsenal from the very first whistle. It is a credit I suppose to Arsenal that it wasn’t eight, nine or even ten at the end.

From the first 45 seconds or so when Martin Skrtel put Liverpool ahead from a set piece brilliantly delivered again by captain Steven Gerrard, Liverpool were dominant in every department than their shell-shocked rivals. I remember turning to my mate on The Kop after 19 minutes and saying that as we had packed so much into those first 19 minutes, it felt like it was the 89th minute.

By the tenth minute, incredibly Skrtel was on a hat-trick and further goals were to come from Raheem Sterling, who netted twice and could and should have a hat-trick himself in a man-of-the-match performance, and Daniel Sturridge (again!!). Quite incredibly, Liverpool scored five and Luis Suarez was not on the scoresheet. No worries, it won’t be long before he will be again.

So many good performances from Liverpool players on the day, but as mentioned Raheem Sterling was probably man-of-the-match. A special mention though for Steven Gerrard. Top performances from “Stevie G” are the norm, so in many ways he does not get as many mentions as maybe he should, as his performance levels and standards are consistently so high. The way he commanded the midfield and, in his new holding role, the way he broke up Arsenal attacks was top drawer.

Much to admire from Liverpool. Stating the obvious, the three points closed the gap on the three teams above us – including Arsenal. Long may this form and this type of result continue.

See some of the highlights of the game here below….

The Season So Far – Derby Day Delight In January

The highlight of our six games in January was of course our 4-0 demolition job over our neighbours across Stanley Park, Everton on the 28th January.

The way in which we took them apart was incredible in so far as they had only conceded 11 goals on their travels all season and, to many, were considered favourites to win this much awaited encounter.

It was not to be for Everton as Liverpool tore into them from the off, putting the Everton back four under immense pressure. The return of Daniel Sturridge from injury has given us an extra dimension as the goal threat now in the side is an ever increasing problem for all Premier teams defences.

The form and the goals from Sturridge is even more remarkable really. Apart from his latest 7 or 8 weeks absence, he hardly had any pre-season training as he recovered from another ankle injury. His goals and  current form is a tribute to the hard work and dedication he carried out behind the scenes to get himself back fit again.

To be fair, Everton didn’t play that badly at times going forward but on the night they were no match for Liverpool and their firepower.

Enjoy some of the highlights here…..

 

As ever on these occasions The Kop was in fine voice…….

 

The other five games in the month saw us successfully negotiate two potentially tricky FA Cup ties against Oldham at Anfield in the 3rd round, where a first Liverpool goal for the ever patient Iago Aspas and a late own goal ensured a 2-0 victory.

We enjoyed the same scoreline when we made the trip to the South coast to face Bournemouth. Goals this time coming from Victor Moses and yet again, Daniel Sturridge. How Chelsea must be kicking themselves for letting him go.

Our other two games in the League saw us win a right rollercoaster of a game at Stoke 5-3 and see us struggle to a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa at Anfield. The draw against Villa was only the second game this season where we dropped points at home. Again Daniel Sturridge was on the scoresheet, accompanied by a second half Steven Gerrard penalty.

The Stoke game was, as they say, a great game for the neutrals. Liverpool raced into a 2-0 lead only to be pegged back by ex-Reds Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam. The second-half ebbed and flowed with Liverpool eventually coming on top by five goals to three. I remember commenting to a friend that we must be the only team to score five goals away from home and be hanging on at the end!!

Watch the highlights here….

See what manager, Brendan Rodgers, thought of it all…..

January saw us maintain our top four challenge. Roll on February when we will face two tough games against one of greatest rivals, Arsenal.

The Season So Far – Mixed Fortunes In December

The busy month of December saw us feature in seven Premier League games, four of which resulted in emphatic victories while the other three ended in defeat.

Let us consider the three defeats first. Two of them we lost with heads held high and with many positives to take from those games. The other defeat was rather bleak to say the least. Hull away on the 1st December was arguably our worst performance of the season. The manner of the 3-1 defeat to The Tigers was a throw back to seasons not that long ago. The performance was flat, disjointed and dispirited.

Contrast that with our two other defeats in December against title contenders Manchester City and Chelsea. Although we lost both of these games 2-1 it is not unreasonable to say that we didn’t deserve to lose either of them. On Boxing Day against Manchester City at The Etihad Stadium we took the game to them in a way no other side has done for many a day. As with the Chelsea game on the 29th December key referring decisions went against us – as did some very poor defending and goalkeeper errors.

Quite how Raheem Sterling was given offside at The Etihad is anyone’s guess. At the time the game was balanced at 0-0 and soon after Philippe Coutinho did score to give us the lead. What should have been a two goal cushion but was only one was a travesty.

However, bad refereeing aside, if we could take a lead and hold onto it then controversial refereeing decisions resulting in perfectly legitimate goals being chalked are not so crucial. For City’s first goal Martin Skrtel yet again saw fit to wrestle with Vincent Kompany at a City corner instead of doing what he should have been doing – ie attacking the ball and not the man. City’s winner was courtesy of a Simon Mignolet error. It is fair to say that he has made some fantastic match winning or match saving saves already this season, so we cannot be too critical at a couple of isolated errors.

Onto Chelsea at Stamford Bridge a few days later and not for the first time, referee Howard Webb ensured that he was the main talking point after the game. Quite how he is recognised as our best referee is a complete mystery to many fans throughout the country. If he is the best then it doesn’t say much for the others really does it.

He missed a blatant red card card decision in the first few minutes when Samuel Etoo attempted to snap Jordan Henderson’s leg in half, then late on in the game, the very same Etoo, who should not have been on the pitch scythed down Luis Suarez in the penalty area to provide another simple decision from our “finest referee”. But no, to everyone’s amazement (apart from the now very irritating “I make controversial decisions for the hell of it” Jose Mourinho) no penalty was given.

Again though, like in the City game, a goalkeeping error ultimately cost us the points.

Both games however did demonstrate that we are worthy to be at the top table with the big boys.

The other four games in December however weren’t just wins they were very emphatic wins with goals, goals and more goals. All victories were fantastic team efforts but yet again, one player shone like a beacon in each performance. That player of course was the magical Luis Suarez. Sublime, amazing, astonishing, fantastic……the superlatives just trip off the tongue with every goal, every twist and turn and every nutmeg he mesmerises us with.

The four victories we enjoyed were 3-1 against Cardiff at Anfield, Suarez with two stunning goals, an incredible 5-0 victory against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane Suarez again with two stunning goals, a 5-1 mauling of Norwich at Anfield (with four absolutely breathtaking goals from Suarez. It is saying something when a stunning 35 yard free kick is mentioned in the same way a simple tap-in would be due to the excellence of his other three goals. How Norwich must be sick of the sight of Suarez as he completed his third consecutive hat-trick against them.

Our fourth victory in the month came against West Ham, where a 4-1 win put us into second place in the table. Surprise, surprise, Suarez scored another two goals. Ten goals in December from Suarez….not bad for someone who is not a natural goalscorer allegedly.

The season is progressing well. We just hope we can keep our key players fit and we learn from our ever increasing defensive errors and manage to close out games after we take the lead.

Happy New Year everyone. Let us hope that the future is bright and that the future is Red!!

Tottenham 0, Liverpool 5 – 15th December 2013

Well, it doesn’t get much better than that does it? From someone who was fortunate enough to be in The Kop for the famous 7-0 victory against the Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa revitalised Tottenham back in 1978, the victory yesterday was up there with the 7-0 in terms of Liverpool’s overall performance and dominance.

The big question really is, how was it only 5-0? Liverpool absolutely battered Tottenham from start to finish. Our first half performance was brilliant and really our 2-0 lead should have been 4 or 5 at half-time. So many candidates for man of the match but that accolade quite rightly went to Jordan Henderson, who arguably had his best game in a Liverpool shirt.

I’ve been saying all season that Henderson should play the central role in the middle three in midfield as he has the legs to get box to box. Yesterday’s performance clearly showed his incredible work rate and in the absence of Steven Gerrard, he seemed to thrive on the added responsibility of bossing the game. He dominated the midfield and was ably assisted by Lucas and Allen in the middle along side him and in front of him Suarez, Coutinho and Sterling. The interchanging and the fluidity was incredible to watch at times. A good friend of mine is a Sunderland fan and he is always asking how Hendo is playing as all Sunderland fans still rate him very highly and want him to do well at Anfield. He said to me once that a Sunderland fan he knew said that 70% of the earth is covered by water and that Henderson will cover the rest.

Maybe lost in the fantastic attacking display was the fact we managed to keep a clean sheet. We have been leaking some daft goals recently but it was just as satisfying to see Simon Mignolet and the back four in front of him repel anything that Tottenham attempted. A special mention to young Jon Flanagan, who gave another solid defensive display and chipped in with that brilliant finish for our third goal. And didn’t he just enjoy scoring that goal. Well done, young Jon!!

Much has been made of the three tough December away fixtures and make no mistake White Hart Lane is a difficult place to go to so to negotiate the first of our three massive away fixtures so emphatically puts in good stead for first Cardiff at Anfield next Saturday, then a visit to the free-scoring Man City at Eastlands, followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge.

If we can get to January still in the top four then a few astute signings in the January transfer window will make things very interesting indeed.