West Brom 2
Brunt (62), (88) both pens
Liverpool Football Club are such a tease at the moment! They produce performances, such as the ones against the Mancs and Sunderland, and then, sprinkled in-between, we get West Ham and now this.
Things are much better under Kenny however, we are not at a state were fans can be more confident in our performances. It is still a case of which version of Liverpool FC are we going to see today, particularly on the road? This game summed it all up, we took the lead in what up until then had been a fairly even contest, and then we pressed the self destruct button and fell to pieces.
Perhaps we can say we were unlucky as we lost half our back four after only twenty five minutes however we went one nil up nearly half an hour after that? The fact that both West Brom’s goals came from penalties suggests that we were a bit dirty or careless? A lack of application may be or is it that we simply can’t cope with anyone who has a go at us and tries to rough us up.
This time it was Peter Odemwingie who was involved in both penalty incident but also gave us a torrid time. Both incidents also involved Kyrgiakos however, it is not just him he is the latest in a line of defenders who have allowed themselves to be out muscled during the course of the season. Surely there must be chapter in the “Big Book of Defending” called “How to cope with annoyingly pacy, in your face forwards”? Either that or it’s time to have an extra match day shredded wheat!
As expected Steven Gerrard wasn’t fit enough make the team meaning we were unchanged from the Sunderland game, even down to the substitutes. West Brom were without James Morrison which was disappointing as it meant I couldn’t shoehorn Doors references to the report!
Clearly much of the pre match attention was on Kenny and HRH however after they greeted each other warmly, as if they were going to try to wrestle each other in an undignifying 60+ skirmish anyway, things settled down. The first chance of the game came to us with Kuyt having a header well blocked by Carson after Carroll had knocked on Meireles’ corner. Shortly after this Johnson and Agger made their exits with injuries.
I don’t know how much of an effect on the team this had but we seemed ill at ease. Andy Carroll seemed particularly distracted like a large uncontrollable puppy he bounded everywhere channeling his energy naively and unproductively and generally jumping all over the opposition with his messy paws The referee chose to shout “heal” on only one occasion, he was lucky not to banished to his kennel permanently!
The game was an even affair but it was us who finally got the breakthrough after the half time oranges. A more focused Carroll pulled the trigger for the first time and forced a decent save from Carson. Meireles’ resulting corner was headed home by Skrtel with the West Brom defence probably expecting Carroll or Kyrgiakos to pounce. It was a simple goal with Skrtel finding it easy to lose his marker and see his header evade the West Brom defender on the post.
Perhaps a time to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and finish West Brom off? However just after the hour the home side got a break with Kyrgiakos tangling with Odemwingie in the area. A dubious decision? Our man got a touch on the ball but perhaps the Greek was overly physically by today’s standards and didn’t need to be anyway as Skrtel was backing up. Brunt made no mistake from the spot.
After that West Brom were galvanized with Odemwingie testing Reina from distance and then an acute angle. Meireles nearly restored our lead but it was West Brom who were in he ascendancy . Kyrgiakos failed to deal with Odemwingies pace leaving him in a one on one with Reina. The West Brom player clumsy tried to take the ball past Reina however once he realised had made a hash of it he fell to the ground and sadly for us the referee bought it after looking at his linesmen even though he was nearer to the action. Brunt’s spot kick was more effective than the decision.
Should we complain? Only a few weeks ago we were awarded a penalty at Sunderland were the referee gave us the decision (incorrectly) after consulting the linesman., it appears you just can’t the staff these days1 We tried to rally with Meireles producing another good save from Carson. Skrtel had a chance to get a second but headed woefully wide and Luis Suarez produced a sublime lob that had goal written all over until Nicky Shorey’s last ditch clearance off the line. It was West Brom’s day and I hope HRH feels a little better. Us? We’re up and down?
West Brom: Carson, Olsson, Shorey, Meite, Brunt, Reid, Thomas (Jara 90+2), Mulumbu, Scharner, Odemwingie, Cox (Fortune 74), Substitutes: Myhill, Cech, Pablo, Zuiverloon, Jara, Vela, Fortune
Liverpool: Reina, G Johnson (Kyrgiakos 8), Agger (Wilson 24), Carragher, Skrtel, Meireles, Lucas, Spearing, Suarez, Carroll, Kuyt (Cole 87), Substitutes: Gulacsi, Kyrgiakos, Wilson, Cole, Maxi, Poulsen, Ngog