Liverpool: 3 Positives To Take From The Spurs Draw

By on February 7, 2012

Anfield Kop

It’s the eighth draw in our last 12 league games at Anfield. Liverpool’s performance in front of their devoted home fans have definitely been worrying and inconsistent, given the fact that the Reds would have leapfrogged 6th-placed Arsenal if they happened to walk away with all three points against Tottenham.

Anyway, it’s another mediocre 0-0 scoreline at the end of the day as Kenny Dalglish’s men stare at the typical low-scoring scoreline they’ve suffered all season by which they were thwarted on previous occasions by Stoke City, Wigan, Norwich, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Swansea City.

Nevertheless, here are a few reasons why Liverpool fans should not be too disgruntled over the latest two points dropped at home.

1. Agger and Skrtel Consistent Again

The pair were relatively solid at the back for Liverpool, making crucial clearances and were very confident in the air. Martin Skrtel received a yellow card from the referee during the second-half after a robust tackle on Tottenham winger Gareth Bale down the left flank. Perhaps the referee was a little too harsh there, as the Slovakian international undoubtedly got his foot on the ball just before his follow-through caught Bale’s shin. Yes, giving a free kick was probably the correct decision, but the booking is debatable.

2. Charlie Adam

After receiving weeks of mind-blowing criticism from the public due to his recent poor form, Charlie Adam was still selected ahead of teammate Jordan Henderson for the Spurs clash. The Scot showed the fans what he was capable of, forming a good partnership alongside Jay Spearing at the middle of the park to keep the likes of Luka Modric and Jake Livermore quiet.

Adam’s performance was impressive statistically, with him winning more tackles than any other player (5), and creating 6 chances for his team mates, 4 more than any other player on the pitch.

3. Return of Suarez

The Anfield faithful welcomed back their Uruguayan sensation with a standing ovation. He was in action right away, winning a corner for his side just seconds after his introduction.

His dribbling looked sharped and he hasn’t lost his appetite for the game, thats for sure. What makes things more interesting? Liverpool will take on arch rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday having impressively dump them out of the FA Cup last week. Suarez returning to face Patrice Evra once again, that will definitely be one to watch!

Thanks to Two Liverpool Fans for submitting this guest blog post

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4 Comments

  1. Marvin

    February 7, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    Skrtel’s booking was probably worth a booking, Suarez’ booking was definitely a booking, could have been red. Bale’s booking could also have been red – not for a dive, I think went over as he lost balance avoiding contact, but his reaction to a bit of mouthing from (Adam was it?) was red cardable. However, I think the ref had a good game overall.

  2. JOSEPH

    February 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

    THIS IS ENGLISH FOOTBALL. IT IS TO BE PLAYED FAST, HARD AND FAIR.

    BESIDES, WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. I HAVE SEEN SCOTT PARKER MAKE LATE TACKLES AND NOT EVEN GET A CARD FOR HIS CRIMES (JUST CAUSE HE IS ENGLISH). SUAREZ, RIGHTLY DESERVED A BOOKING FOR HIS CHALLENGE ON PARKER. DANGEROUS, YET IT WAS. INTENTIONAL AND PREMDEDITATED, NO IT WASN’T (NOT A RED CARD). ANYONE ELSE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE DOES NOT KNOW THE GAME AT ALL.

    CHARLIE ADAM, CARROLL AND HENDERSON WILL DO FINE. IT IS DOWNING THAT REALLY WORRIES ME.

    • Paul

      February 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

      Parker does get booked for his late tackles – sometimes lesser ones than opponents. The difference is, Parker rarely makes the kind of tackles that would leave an opponent in casualty. They are trips or full blooded 50/50s, not studs over the ball; head stamps;forearm smashes; eye gouges and kicks to the stomach – all of which he has been the victim of this season. It is also worth noting that you dont hear Parker bleating about being on the receiving end of such vicious attacks unlike some players. And sorry – but the stomach kick was pr-meditated; only seconds before he had attempted to barge Parker off the path of the ball for the header so knew exactly what he was doing.

      • JOSEPH

        February 9, 2012 at 11:48 am

        YOU SAY HE BARGED HIM OFF THE PATH OF THE BALL – IF HE IS BARGED OF THE PATH OF THE BALL, THEN HE INTENDS TO HIT THE BALL.

        AS MUCH AS ALL THE SUAREZ HATERS WANT TO CRUCIFY HIM, YES, I AM A LIVERPOOL FAN, BUT NO, HE DID NOT PRE-MEDITATE THE KICK. WHEN THE GAME IS PLAYED AT SUCH BREAK NECK SPEED, YOU ACTUALLY THINK HE HAD THE TIME TO PUSH PARKER, THEN SEE EXACTLY WHERE HE IS POSITIONED, THEN LOOK UP AT THE BALL, PRE-MEDITATE AND KICK HIM. DISAGREE.

        LIKE I SAID, DANGEROUS TACKLE. DESERVED HIS BOOKING. BUT PRE-MEDITATED, NO. PREMEDITATED IS THE PUNK (WHOSE NAME I WISH NOT TO TAKE) DID TO THE WIGAN PLAYER BY ELBOWING HIM.

        AND YES, PARKER IS ON THE RECEIVING END. THE STAMP ON HIS HEAD, WAS A STRAIGHT RED. NO DENYING THAT. BUT AS AN ENGLISH PLAYER, HE GETS AWAY WITH WHAT HE DOES TOO.

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