Liverpool 1-1 Man City – Signs of Progress

 Liverpool were unlucky to come away with just a point Sunday evening after giving Manchester City a good battering in the second half. Charlie Adam drew Liverpool level  on thirty-three minutes via a deflected shot off Joleon Lescott after Vincent Kompany had glanced home David Silva’s corner two minutes earlier.

Manchester City were the brighter of the two teams early on and drove home their advantage through Kompany’s header. However, Kenny Dalglish’s men were not to be outdone and went on to dominate much of the remaining game. Mario Balotelli’s sending off late in the second half was the signal for Liverpool to throw the kitchen sink at City’s rearguard. They came up against an inspired Joe Hart in-goal who pulled off a string of fine saves to deny Liverpool taking all three points.

Liverpool started the game in a 4-5-1 and after seeing through the opening twenty minutes slowly started to rush Yaya Toure and Gareth Barry into giving up possession. This writer has voiced concerns previously over Charlie Adams capability to play alongside a defensive midfielder such as Lucas Leiva and this performance by Adam done a lot to disprove that theory, the key  here however is consistency. Once again Skrtel and Agger looked like a partnership and Luis Enrique and Glen Johnson were solid as usual.Jordan Henderson was part of the three central midfielders and looked more comfortable operating from there. Dirk Kuyt and Stewart Downing occupied the wings and Suarez gave Vincent Kompany a torrid afternoon with his sharp movement. Andy Carroll was thrown on late to try to grab a winner but to no avail as Hart made an outstanding save from a Carroll header.

So are Dalglish’s Liverpool progressing? A win at Stamford Bridge and an impressive draw versus the league leaders suggests so, the key will once again be consistency. Can this Liverpool squad reproduce this form against lesser sides and put them away instead of sinking down and playing at their tempo and becoming predictable? Liverpool supporters should feel optimistic that their team is gaining important results even though players like Stewart Downing aren’t on form, Luis Suarez isn’t scoring and Dirk Kuyt has yet to find the net. What happens when all these factors come together? Some unfortunate team will for all intense purposes receive a hiding. Four points out of six against fellow top four candidates is not a bad return and Dalglish will hope this squad can continue to grow and progress even further as the season draws towards the half way point.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 21 Lucas
  • 26 Adam
  • 07 Suarez
  • 18 Kuyt (Carroll 84-yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni,
  • 16 Coates,
  • 23 Carragher,
  • 34 Kelly,
  • 11 Maxi,
  • 20 Spearing,
  • 09 Carroll

Man City

  • 25 Hart
  • 02 Richards
  • 04 Kompany (yellow card)
  • 06 Lescott
  • 22 Clichy
  • 07 Milneryellow card
  • 18 Barryyellow card
  • 19 Nasri (Balotelli 65 yellow card, red card)
  • 21 Silva (K Toure 90)
  • 42 Y Toure
  • 16 Aguero (Dzeko 82)

Substitutes

  • 30 Pantilimon,
  • 05 Zabaleta,
  • 28 K Toure,
  • 11 Johnson,
  • 34 De Jong,
  • 10 Dzeko,
  • 45 Balotelli

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 45,071

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About Jonathan Carroll

I’m a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Born and bred in Ireland I played Gaelic football and soccer while growing up and attended the prestigious Colaiste Ide in Dublin to prepare for a soccer scholarship to the USA. I played soccer at Thomas University in Georgia and was made team captain in my junior and senior years. I was honored to become an All-American in those same years. I graduated in 2007 and coached high school and collegiate level soccer programs incorporating year round strength and conditioning techniques with great success. I moved to Boston in 2011 and went on to work at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning. I am currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Boston Wolfe Tones Gaelic football team. Qualifications: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA) USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach FMS Certified United States Soccer Federation “D” License Football Association of Ireland Certified

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