Everything appeared to be lost 2 weeks ago when Liverpool were about to lose their talisman in Fernando Torres after the 26-year old disgruntled Spaniard submitted his transfer request due to “false promises” not being fulfilled. Although the club appeared revitalized under Kenny Dalglish, this was a new low blow for Reds fans. But the club spent big after selling one of their leaders, acquiring prolific striker Luis Suarez and vastly overpriced Andy Carroll on the last day of a wild transfer period. An “oh-so satisfying” victory over Chelsea and former striker Fernando Torres has me saying that maybe it’s time to put Liverpool back in the mix with the big dogs again.
Sunday’s match was quite eye-opening. It was as anticipated of a match as I can remember in recent EPL history and although some players did not live up to expectations (cough cough Torres) or did not even play (Suarez/Carroll), it was a statement game nonetheless. The veteran Jamie Carragher led the back line with authority and shut down Torres and Drogba with relative ease and Dirk Kuyt appeared to be a surprising leader on the field with his constant running (though he lacks pace and power). Steven Gerrard did his usual captain’s-style performance and looked comfortable and even Raul Meireles looked solid, bagging the eventual winner in the second half. This result happened all the while not using their two new big signings at all.
With the victory, the Reds jolted into 6th and are now in the running for a spot in European competition for the first time this campaign. Sure, the club is still 16 points off the pace and don’t ever appear to be in contention for a chance at the title, but it’s certainly a start. The club had sat mid-table or lower all season long until Dalglish came aboard. The club has now shown a willingness to bring in top-tier talent for top dollar (funny, right after Torres leaves) and claim they will continue to spend in the summer window. The Anfield stadium was buzzing with Torres out and Suarez/Carroll at the club and if the club keep on scraping out results and points, the Reds even have a legitimate chance for a Champions League spot (6 points away from this feat at this point). With a new hunger and passion under Dalglish, the squad appears to be finally fired up about playing and putting the ball in the soccer goal.
So welcome back Reds. The EPL has missed you.
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