The cheeky grins on the faces of the Liverpool fans said it all. After a nightmare week and a call to resurrect their season Rafa’s boys actually put in a worse performance than even their recent poor standards but still came away with the win.
“We were bad, they were worse,” probably sums up the post match mutterings on Merseyside. Both teams went into this game hoping for a \’season defining’ win, with Liverpool bruised by their Champions League exit and impending entry into the Europa League, while Everton fans still haven’t got over the shock of going 3-0 down in 29 minutes to Hull (yes Hull!) last Wednesday.
In the end after a typical blustery 90 minutes the match was defined in three phases. First Liverpool got that slice of luck you crave when you’re struggling when Macherano’s corner-flag-bound shot flew off Yobo’s outstretched boot and into the bottom corner. When that happens you know it isn’t your day.
Then as Everton pushed for an equaliser Pepe Reina made a fantastic save from the leaping Tim Cahill and big haired Belgian Fellaini could only smash the rebound into the Spaniards legs from point blank range. To rub salt into the gaping Everton wound just a few minutes later a long ball and mis-cued clearance let Reira in and his shot, saved by Howard, fell at the feet of Kuyt to finish the game off.
Liverpool will, of course, be the happier of the two teams as they have the points in the bag, but they will play far better and lose this season (in fact they already have on several occasions) they may point to a certain beach ball as good reason for a change in luck. But still, things need to improve on the pitch if Liverpool’s Premier League odds are to do the same.
As for Everton they are running out of ideas. Their season has been on the slide since October and the downward trend has been gathering momentum with each passing defeat. Bad luck and injuries aren’t the only reasons for their poor form and something needs to be done in case the dreaded \’R’ word, so often a ghostly spectre around Goodison in the mid \’90s, makes an unwelcome return.
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