At The End of a Storm is a Golden Sky

  • It's been a turbulent season for Liverpool but as they dispatched Wigan in clinical fashion at the DW Stadium yesterday the clouds that have hovered over the Reds all season appear to be lifting. 

    Luis Suarez was again unplayable and this writer does not have enough superlatives to describe his performances this season. Perhaps it's best to let the stats speak for themselves. With his hat trick at Wigan Suarez took his tally in the Premier League to 21 - 28 in total for the season - and two ahead of Robin van Persie in the race for the golden boot. 

    The signing of Philipe Coutinho in January has proved inspirational. Yesterday at Wigan he was pivotal to the first two goals, crossing for Downing to head in and then playing in Suarez to score. It's been great to see how quickly the young, diminutive Brazilian has adapted to the rigours of the Premier League. 

    The South American pairing of Coutinho and Suarez have quickly established a good understanding, which will stand the Reds in good stead going forward. 

    Daniel Sturridge was the forgotten man yesterday after failing to pass a fitness test. But with five goals in seven games since he joined from Chelsea in January the England striker has really taken to life on Merseyside. Liverpool look a more threatening team when he’s playing in front of Suarez. 

    Aside from the contribition of the flair players, Suarez, Sturridge, and Coutinho in the Reds' recent resurgence a word has to be said about Jamie Carragher. Our defensive organisation has been very good since Carra has returned to the side, and yesterday's clean sheet was no different. Brendan Rodgers has said Carra's experience and leadership has been missed in big games games this season. 

    Rodgers has been man enough to admit this mistake, and a few others this season. He's a young manager with little in the way of Premier League and European experience so this season must have been a steep learning curve for him. Slowly but surely he is quietly crafting a young side that is arguably playing the best football in the country at the moment. 

    The result against Wigan leaves the Reds only five points behind fifth-placed Arsenal and Europa League qualification, and nine points off fourth-place and Champions League qualification. With thirty points still to play for Reds fans have plenty of grounds for optimism. 

    At the end of a storm it really is a golden sky that illuminates Anfield these days. 

Comments

4 comments
  • Jason 1
    Jason 1 Did you write that James?
    March 3, 2013
  • James Holmes
    James Holmes yes i did
    March 3, 2013
  • Jason 1
    Jason 1 A really good read James. Hopefully Brendan will be given his chance to show how good he can be. I am really loving our style of play now as well.
    March 3, 2013 - 2 like this
  • James Holmes
    James Holmes Thanks Jason. after yesterday I just had to get that off my chest. it was such a good performance
    March 3, 2013 - 2 like this