Red Revival

Thursday, February 10, 2011 Posted by the sportsloop team
As a grumpy Fernando Torres sat on the bench watching his new team try everything against a unmovable red wall; the Kop's favourite son Kenny Dalglish must have been wondering what a simple game this football caper must be.

Under the guidance of Roy Hodgson, Liverpool endured their worst start to a premiership campaign for almost 60 years and after two defeats and a draw in his first three games, Dalglish has turned Liverpool’s fortunes around with four successive victories including Sunday's 1-0 win over Chelsea and even more impressively four clean sheets in a row.

Against Chelsea, Liverpool displayed a remarkable defensive masterclass to record their second victory in seven years at Chelsea, through a Raul Merieles strike midway through the second half. The win is even more impressive considering Liverpool’s two big purchases, Andy Carrol and Luiz Suarez had no part to play in the win over Chelsea.

Under Dalglish, Liverpool has moved from the relegation scrapheap, to a realistic chance of playing Champions League football next season. This has come via a shift to a more positive pass focus game under Dalglish, that has rejuvenated talisman captain Steven Gerrard season’s and allowed Anfield’s favourite son to push forward into a roaming forward role; which many may argue is Gerrard’s best position.

Furthermore, the emergence of previous lesser known’s such as Lucas Leiva and Martin Kelly have also aided to the transformation of this Liverpool side. Lucas has added a combative steel, as well as reliability in possession to the midfield and relieved some of the defensive burden on Gerrard and Meireles; while Kelly has resolved Liverpool’s’ problematic right hand side.

With a further pledge by Liverpool’s owners John W Henry and the Fenway Sports Group to strengthen the side over the summer and assuming the inevitable decision to hand Dalglish permanent reign will eventuate; things are starting to look optimistic for the red faithful.
Do you think Liverpool can claim a Champions League spot this season?


Post a Comment