Liverpool March On In March

After the victory against Swansea we faced some very testing away fixtures in March – three in succession as it happens. The first one at Southampton had “difficult”and “banana skin” stamped right through it, but Liverpool more than acquitted themselves when they came away with a relatively comfortable 3-0 victory.

I say “relatively” as Southampton gave us some real scary moments after we took the lead and for 25 minutes of the first half looked a real threat and arguably deserved to draw level before the break instead of going in 1-0 down, courtesy of yet another Luis Suarez strike.

The second half was totally different however as Liverpool dominated the proceedings very much from start to finish. Luis Suarez turned provider for Raheem Sterling to make it 2-0 with a simple tap in finish and – no surprises – Suarez was involved again in the third goal when he was brought down in injury time to provide Steven Gerrard with the opportunity to wrap things up at 3-0.

Some very good points, none more so than the blossoming form and maturity of Raheem Sterling. Playing alongside Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge has certainly brought his game on along with the expert advice and coaching provided by Brendan Rodgers.

See some of the highlights from the match here…..

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Southampton vs Liverpool 0-3 All Goals and Highlights Barclays Premier League 01.03.2014 HD Southampton vs Liverpool 0-3 All Goals and Highlights Southampton…

We did not have a fixture the following week (8th March) due to Sunderland’s involvement in the FA Cup, so our next fixture was against our old friends from down the East Lancs Road and current champions, Manchester United. For so many seasons this fixture had Reds fans fearing the worst and as expected we came away with nothing to show. However, this year was different as we were brimming with confidence. We were scoring goals for fun and playing with a freedom and swagger that had not been seen since probably the 1987/88 season when Messrs Barnes, Beardsley and Aldridge were that day’s equivalent of Suarez, Sturridge and Sterling. Manchester United on the other hand were struggling and way off the pace in the Premier League title race.

The biggest surprise about Liverpool’s emphatic 3-0 triumph was that it was only 3-0. The scoreline flattered Manchester United without a shadow of a doubt. Liverpool dominated from start to finish and goals from Steven Gerrard (2) and Luis Suarez saw Liverpool continue their current run of impressive form.

No doubt, these highlights of the match will bring a smile to the face of many a Reds fan…..

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As will these goal celebrations by the fans….

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Liverpool fans live, uncensored reactions as the goals went in at Old Trafford in LFC’s 0-3 win over Man United…. Filmed at The Dovey on Penny Lane in Live…

So far so good with Liverpool’s difficult three game excursions. Maximum points, six goals and no goals conceded. Next up were relegation threatened Cardiff City. Gone was the same assurances we saw against Southampton and Manchester United, as we reverted back to our, “you score one and we’ll score two” game plan. Talk about Stoke City and Swansea City revisited.

Liverpool deservedly went 1-0 down in the 9th minute only for Luis Suarez to level things on the 16th minute mark. Back came Cardiff and lead again through ex-Man Utd striker, Fraizer Campbell. In previous seasons that would more than likely have been that. A dispiriting defeat against one of the so-called lesser teams. But this is Brendan Rodgers Liverpool FC – a completely a different animal to its predecessors. The never say die attitude is there in abundance and a 2-1 deficit does not now necessarily mean the end of the game in terms of us getting anything out of the game. No surprises then when Martin Skrtel equalised on 41 minutes to send us in at the break at 2-2.

The second half was all Liverpool as we notched another four goals to Cardiff’s one. Inevitably both Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge got in on the goal-scoring act, with Suarez completing yet another hat-trick. Maybe a bit more surprising was Martin Skrtel’s second goal – the second time this season he has scored two goals (in the right net that is!!).

The pace and the incisiveness of Liverpool’s play is now just a joy to watch. Players freely interchange and the team spirit is there for all to see in abundance. The least said about Cardiff manager, and ex-Man Utd striker, Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s typically bitter and childish post-match comment the better.

There was a lot going on in this game, so if you have a spare hour or so (only kidding) check out the highlights here…..

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Cardiff City vs Liverpool 3-6 ~ All Goals & Highlights [22/03/2014]

Three away games at tough venues, three wins, 12 goals with 3 conceded. What a month so far for Liverpool. Onto Anfield next for two difficult fixtures against relegation threatened Sunderland and European hopefuls Tottenham Hotspur. The Sunderland game saw us suffer some “squeaky bum” moments before we emerged as 2-1 winners. Goals from Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge saw us go 2-0 up before Sunderland replied with a goal conceded yet again from a set piece in the 76th minute. Some fans were critical of Jon Flanagan for losing his man (Ki) at the corner, but for me the ball should not have travelled so far. Yet again Martin Skrtel was too hell bent on wrestling his opponent instead of concentrating on the ball and clearing the danger. The last 20 minutes or so were fraught to say the least, but we won and most importantly another 3 points were in the bag. As they say, to be successful you have to win ugly sometimes.

Enjoy some of the highlights and the nail-biting roller coaster here…..

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The 30th March 1964 saw us beat Tottenham Hotspur to go top of the First Division and to go on to be eventual champions. But what would 30th March 2014 bring us? Well, the answer is it brought us another emphatic victory as we ran out easy 4-0 winners. It was, in all fairness, one of our easiest fixtures of the season. Sunderland gave us much more to think about the previous Wednesday than the mis-firing Spurs did.

Goals from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, the ever-improving Jordan Henderson and a Younis Kaboul own goal saw Liverpool complete an easy afternoon’s work and, more significantly, saw us move back to the top of the League. The atmosphere before, during and after the game was incredible as the fan’s belief gushed down from the terraces.

See how Liverpool reached top spot here…..

Liverpool vs Tottenham 4-0 ~ All Goals & Highlights (30/03/2014)Liverpool vs Tottenham 4-0 ~ All Goals & Highlights (30/03/2014)
Liverpool vs Tottenham 4-0 ~ All Goals & Highlights (30/03/2014) Liverpool vs Tottenham 4-0 ~ All Goals & Highlights (30/03/2014) Liverpool vs Tottenham 4-0 …

So now we have 6 games to go. Six Cup Finals and with the title in our own hands. Win all six and we are champions. A big ask admittedly especially as we still have to play our two biggest title rivals, Manchester City and Chelsea, at home. But win the title or not, this Brendan Rodgers Liverpool has made us dream and believe again. Strap yourselves in for the remaining six games – it is likely to be a stormy ride!!

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