Praesidium

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Liverpool 1-0 Man City

It’s now five successive matches that have finished 1-0 (Wigan, Arsenal, Man Utd, Benfica and Man City). I’d like more goals, but at least Liverpool have been on the winning side of four of those. For now, it’s enough to ‘win ugly’ – with the hope that we will do better next season (with a new winger or two and striker).

The biggest worry from the match was the head injury to Alonso – the second successive game we’ve lost a midfielder to a first-half head injury, of course – and the knock Gerrard took later on from Dunne. I’m surprised we didn’t substitute the latter in favour of Cisse.

Rafa has recently criticised the Frenchman, understandably given his performances, but his pace seemed ideal to exploit the gaps left once City were down to ten men and chasing the game. He’d certainly have been more of a threat than Morientes – whose build-up play is acceptable, but who just doesn’t seem to have any goal threat any more. He even left a free kick rolled into his path this afternoon – and was about to walk off the field when Crouch was substituted.

For now, not a great display, but we were good value for our win, so I’ll settle for that. Hopefully Gerrard and Alonso will be fit for next week’s match against Charlton, or we’ll need to seriously re-organise a midfield already missing Sissoko and Zenden.

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