Liverpool defended in a way that suggested Man Utd would require something special to beat them that day, the only clear chance I can recall fell to Rooney, whose shot was saved well by Mignolet, but the following block by Skrtel demonstrated the commitment on display.
Gerrard ran the game from deep, Henderson covered every inch of grass and did not let the Utd midfield settle. Allen supported and Sterling is a star in the making.
shift in power
Man Utd fans should enjoy the game vs Olympiakos
come what may. As it will probably be their last Champions League outing for the foreseeable future. You only have to look at how long it took to repair the mess Roy Hodgson left Liverpool in to see that Utd have worrying times ahead.
Albeit they are not in as bad shape as Liverpool
where. Utd still have a handful of top players, whilst Liverpool only had Gerrard and Torres at the time. Kenny Daglish was our white knight and did just what was required at the time, given Kenny is a club legend he lifted morale at the club instantly. It would be tough for Man Utd to find a man to reciprocate that.
Each week David Moyes looks like a man tortured by his own failure, and I think the best thing for him would be to hold his hands up, say he isn't up to the job and resign.
Young players will only get better
Sterling has maturity and technical awareness that far exceeds his two seasons in the top flight. I was one of his doubters when he got a new contract his form dipped. I put this down to the modern day footballer having their priorities mixed up. But he has since proved me wrong and now looks like with Champions League experience
next season, can develop into a truly world class player.
Jordan Henderson only just came of age in 2014. Hard work and application got him there. I still cannot believe the
transformation as he was for a very long time our worst midfielder. With injuries to Gerrard, Lucas, Suarez and Sturridge at different times this season, we have proved we can cope. I never thought I would say this but Henderson is the one player I would be most concerned with if injured because who else could put in the shift he puts in, which is now integral to the way we perform.
Can SAS get better?
Hard to say if SAS as a partnership can get any better than this. But Luis Suarez most definitely can. He has been phenomenal but I say what I say because some of the attempts he has had on goal which have either been saved or hit the post. Each would have made goal of the month if they had gone in. He completely mugged off Phil Jones at the weekend, De Gea had to pull of a world class save to stop him. Next season there is no reason to believe these kind of attempts will not be converted into goals. His goal scoring record is improving each year.
dirk kuyt remember him?
Henderson was complete and utter bollocks back then, he was being played out of position to be fair to him but I am convinced he would have been just as crap had he been played in position. There is a trend with young players who have been bought for big money tending to struggle for varying reasons. (Zaha, Rodwell, Lamela, Carroll), But I empathise with Dirk Kuyt, who at the time was a senior player who had just had the best season of his career at Liverpool, benched for an unproven youngster who wasn't ready at the time. This one incident was one of many things wrong with Liverpool at the time.
1st team back four has been out, hence the creative defending in recent games, but that has gone now that Agger and
Johnson are back we can keep a clean sheet again. Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson’s best years are definitely past them, I doubt Jose Enrique could get his place back with Flanno there now but we could definitely use some
young talented technical wing backs who can defend.
No one was bought in January yet we haven’t lost in 2014. Which is a fabulous testament to the current 11. Less is more. Till Henderson gets injured anyway.