Now that's what I call an atmosphere,Liverpool looked as fired up as I have
seen them this season, as they set about shoving those boastful taunts of
domination back down Martinez's ungracious neck straight from the kick off....
I must add that Martinez's arrogance was totally out of character with a manager
I always believed to be a humble man.....Still, it showed a complete lack of respect
for games well renowned for being relatively attritional affairs.
I don't believe in all my years I have ever heard a Liverpool manager predicting how
a derby game will pan out to the baying media's expectant throng.
Liverpool played on the counter attack and basically allowed Everton to have the lions
share of possession ,but at no time did we allow them to fully dictate the pace of the
game and Henderson and Gerrard broke up most of their play with some delightful tackling.
I thought Rodgers deployment of Coutinho hovering ominously in the middle behind two of
the most lethal pair of strikers in the Premiership was a master stroke and it afforded the
Bitterz (Sorry pet name) little room for error with his intuitive use of the ball a real plus
in the early stages...... Going forward we look formidable and we hit Everton time and time
again with some gorgeous offensive football all orchestrated by our own little Pablo Aimar
and a reinvigorated Gerrard.
Our defence looked solid with the return of Flanagan ,its amazing how cohesive a back line
can look when fullbacks carry out their instructions to the proverbial letter....John Flanagan
is such a player and for me he shown implicitly why he should be in the starting eleven every
Sturridge was 'world class' ,I mean granted the title is a lofty burden to carry,but this lad
has real definable quality and the potential to become a legend at Anfield. I suppose that's
why I'm prepared to overlook his act of petulance because for me it shows a passion for the
game...I mean all the best players spit their dummies out from time to time ,Daniel will learn
such acts will not endear him to the Kop,but they will go some way in disproving this myth he
at times looks lethargic ....Greedy and frustrated, I can live with ,however such descriptive
references as disinterested and idle have no room at this club.
Gerrard as I stated earlier was turning back the years to his imposing best ,and long may it
continue ,however I still have my reservations about affording a visiting team that extent
of possession ,because we will be annihilated ,for all their possession Everton looked impotent
in attack and Skrtel and co snuffed it out with relative ease.
Anyway great game,and my throat is red roar from the singing ,I went out to celebrate in the
City centre and albeit from a few (we all have burdens to carry )of my mates, Everton fans
were conspicuous by their absence ......THE CITY WAS OURS !!!