Sunday, September 18, 2005

Liverpool 0-0 Man Utd. Draw-bore

Well, often big matches fail to live up to the hype, particularly with a 12 o’clock kick off, and so it was today. The Liverpool v Man Utd match was dull and boring, as neither side really played well or created much. 0-0 written all over it.

Critics will point out one goal from four games (and that a free kick against Sunderland) is a record low. It’s true Liverpool’s attacking play isn’t very fluent, which is disappointing given that we were regularly scoring three or four in pre-season games – where we generally played two up front – and not just against weak teams like TNS but Bayer Leverkusen and Olympiakos too!

All the same, I’m not too disappointed. Despite the much publicised need for a CB, and another new goalie who occasionally goes walkabout, we’ve kept four clean sheets. Sunderland aside, we’ve had three tough matches – away to Boro and Spurs – and we’re actually two points up against the equivalent matches last season (where we lost at home to Utd, and away to Boro)

I think the first thing Liverpool needed to do was make themselves much harder to beat. So far we’ve done that, now it’s just a matter of getting the three behind Crouch linking up well, and then hopefully we’ll see more of what we saw in the first half against Betis – i.e. chances and goals.

Six points from four games is less than we’d have wanted, but we’re level on points with Arsenal, and still haven’t conceded a goal, much less lost. If we can keep that up until we’ve faced Chelsea too, it’ll be pretty good. Far too early to be as negative as some critics have been – after all, if we’d got the deserved 1-0 win at Boro, then I think everyone would be pretty happy.


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