Saturday was another day for tee shirts. As Liverpool fans we’ve been there before and the subject is familiar one albeit the context slightly different. This time the reaction to wearing them was slightly more welcome!
Perhaps if Liverpool players had worn “Kick It Out” shirts against Wigan rather the ones supporting Luis Suarez reactions would have different? However things have moved on now to the extent that, in some quarters, even wearing the “Kick it Out” shirt is wrong.
This is a bold approach as those who seek to poke their head above the parapet are risking accusations of putting personal vanity and publicity before the real issue which is of course racism in football. It’s a personal opinion (Fergie take note) however , if you make such a stance then you invite questions as to how things can be improved. Perhaps the best thing is to do is what the vast majority of normal people on this planet do and simply behave in respectful, civilised way to their fellow man and treat them in a way you would expect to be treated yourself. It’s not rocket science and sadly there will those who won’t conform regardless of the stance others take. Education is a patient, pain staking process and cannot be solved by over dramatic hissy fits no matter how understandable they might be! No? Then over to the likes of Jason and Rio, we’ve had the big gesture now let’s hear your reasons as to how things can be improved and not via Twitter or 606 or whatever it is called these days!
Onto thematch and a win, our second in the league! On Saturday it was Reading and the last time it was Norwich. Both teams occupy the bottom regions of the league so let’s not get too carried away however, although its out first home win this season, we’ve had to wait to the middle of October for it. That says it all?
Once more we dominated for long periods and yet again failed to convert this into goals despite the numerous chances we created. Luis Suarez is many things and one has to admire the way he deals with the demands that are placed upon him. An arduous trip to South America and then a long flight back before strutting his stuff with us. It’s also easily forgotten that because of Copa America and then the Olympics his footballing agenda, be it for club or country, has almost been no stop for the last three years. Nonetheless he still gives it a bloody good go. Sadly however, one wonders if his efforts are being rewarded by the considerations they deserve?
Once more we see Suarez ploughing a loan furrow up front little or no one to play off and link up with. Leaving a side the “diving” for once, loved the ironical applause from the stadium when he was awarded a free kick, our man is looking increasingly out of sorts. Sure he produces some great stuff but yet again he missed plenty of chances, some long range some short you’ve probably seen them by now, which to me suggests his role needs to change. If it’s clear to me surely it must be clear to BR? Suarez is a square leg peg in a round hole he is not main lead striker. He needs a partner in crime, someone to link up with, someone to feed off. Someone to ride side saddle with when they raid the opponent’s penalty area? It’s lonely out there Luis and I feel for you!
This sounds negative so lets move on, it was potential a red letter for the club with Raheem Sterling getting his first senior goal, the first of many in long fruitful career with us? Let’s hope so. His goal summed up everything that we’ve not been for some time. Latching on to Suarez’s neat through ball he ran on, kept his cool and confidently planted it across and past McCarthey in the Reading goal.
After that we created a succession of chances most of them involving Suarez however, it was a familiar story. Better sides would have hit back and made us pay however the best Reading could muster was via McCleary, one on one which Jones (in for the injured Reina) did well to block and a long range effort from McAnuff which our man also did well to deal with.
After game BR praised Sterling
“I am pleased for him……We have been doing a lot of work on the training field, but all credit to him. He has to identify when to go in and he did that. It was a wonderful finish because he is going away from the goal and he has a quick defender tracking him. But he finished it really well across the goalkeeper.”
All laudable stuff but perhaps this week after all his miles and all his efforts it was appropriate to praise Suarez. Let’s hope he’s not taken for granted for too long?
Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Agger Booked, Skrtel, Wisdom, Sahin (Shelvey – 63′ ), Gerrard, Allen, Sterling (Henderson – 84′ ), Suarez, Suso (Jose Enrique – 74′ ) Substitutes: Gulacsi, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Henderson, Downing, Shelvey, Assaidi
Reading: McCarthy, Shorey, Mariappa Booked, Gorkss, Cummings, Karacan (McCleary – 25′ ), Leigertwood, McAnuff, Kebe, Guthrie (Roberts – 81′ ), Pogrebnyak (Le Fondre – 74′ ) Substitutes: Taylor, Gunter, Pearce, Robson-Kanu, Le Fondre, McCleary, Roberts