Liverpool v West Brom

Liverpool put the disappointment of last weekend’s loss to Spurs behind them with a comfortable win over West Brom.

We started with Benayoun in for Alonso and we missed Xabi’s creativity in the middle. After a pretty uneventful twenty minutes or so Gerrard found Keane in space and he made no mistake clipping the ball over Scott Carson for his first league goal for us and the relief was etched upon his face.

West Brom play some good football and were leaving themselves open at the back and Liverpool took advantage. The second goal came when a long ball again found Keane who rounded the oncoming Carson for his second.

The only threat to Reina’s goal came from a Chris Brunt free-kick that hit the side netting. Torres, who finally made his return from a hamstring injury, to a great and much deserved ovation, then replaced Keane.

The final goal came in injury time when Alvaro Arbeloa made an attacking run into the box and curled a left-foot shot into the top corner of the goal to wrap up a win that puts pressure back on Chelsea.

Notes

  • I wasn’t happy that Torres played. It was a cold, wet night and it seemed the wrong time to bring a player back from injury, especially a hamstring injury. Also, Keane was potentially on a hat-trick and it would have been fantastic to see him score his third.
  • It was good to see Arbeloa rewarded for his great attacking play. He has really given us a great option down the right.
  • We play Spurs midweek but I don’t think we will play a full-strength team. Spurs however, will be desperate to defend their title and this represents their most likely route into Europe again.
  • We visit Bolton on Saturday. The Reebok has not been kind to us in the past, though we won there last season. Bolton have put a few good results together of late and are moving up the table. It’ll be interesting to see how we cope with their physical style of play.