Liverpool 1-1 Hearts – Reds Scrape Through

By Jonathan Carroll

With eighty-five minutes on the clock there was there was mass hysteria as Scottish supporters celebrated inside Anfield after David Templeton’s shot was mishandled by Reina and leveled the aggregate score at 1-1. Fans ran onto the pitch and stewards were fully stretched to keep the celebrations from getting out of hand. Three minutes later and Luis Suarez had all but silenced the Hearts section. A left footed strike from an impossible angle swung the tie back in Liverpool’s favor and puts them in the Europa League proper.

It was a game that meandered along. Liverpool created plenty of chances but failed to capitalize, with Suarez seemingly missing the easy ones and scoring the impossible. Adam Morgan started up front for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers rewarding the youngster for his hard work during pre-season it would seem. Stewart Downing got the nod at left back and Jordan Henderson slotted into midfield. Jonjo Shelvey and Joe Allen took the plaudits for their performance in midfiled. Allen is dynamic. He can win tackles, set up counters and maintain possession. Fifteen million seems to have been money well spent. Shelvey looks to have settled in following a good pre-season.

Hearts manager John McGlynnn set his team out to defend and try and nick something from set pieces or on the counter. The Scottish side were far from overawed at Anfield and gave quite a good account of themselves even though they never really created any clear scoring opportunities.

Reina’s howler is uncharacteristic and will look to bounce back with a better outing against Arsenal on Sunday. A talented young keeper that would add some competition for places is needed in order to spice things up. Raheem Sterling was introduced with twenty-eight minutes left and played on the right of the attacking three. His impact was immediate, taking on defenders at speed and creating opportunities for others around him. The seventeen year old could be a prominent player in the season ahead.

Liverpool made hard work of an organised Hearts team. In the end they had enough to advance to the group stages of the Europa League. Wastefulness on front of goal almost came back to haunt them. This lack of clinical ability will need to be addressed before the transfer window shuts. However, little time remains.

A lot of questions remain unanswered regards how Brendan Rodgers will replace Andy Carroll after he signed for West Ham on loan today. The transfer window closes Friday evening at 11pm BST. Liverpool supporters will hope there’s at least two additions to the squad. An out-and-out striker to play the central role in the 4-3-3 and also another pacey wide player. If both are accomplished then Rodgers will have succeeded at the task of beginning to address the player requirements necessary for his system to succeed. This is only the first step and will require further windows and more importantly time in order to get the balance right in the squad.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 4
  • 23 Carragher – 5
  • 34 Kelly – 5
  • 37 Skrtel – 6
  • 08 Gerrard – 6
  • 14 Henderson – 6 (Borini – 76′ )
  • 19 Downing – 6
  • 24 Allen – 8
  • 33 Shelvey – 8
  • 07 Suarez
  • 50 Morgan – 7 (Sterling – 62′ ) – 7

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 02 Johnson
  • 03 Jose Enrique
  • 05 Agger
  • 16 Coates
  • 31 Sterling
  • 29 Borini

Heart of Midlothian

  • 01 MacDonald – 6
  • 03 Grainger – 5 (Booked)
  • 04 McGowan – 6
  • 05 Barr – 6 (Booked)
  • 06 Webster – 6
  • 26 Zaliukas – 5
  • 33 Paterson – 6
  • 07 Templeton – 6
  • 10 Taouil – 7
  • 09 Sutton – 4 (Driver – 66′ )
  • 18 Novikovas – 6 (Carrick – 75′ )

Substitutes

  • 31 Hamilton
  • 19 McGowan
  • 29 McHattie
  • 11 Driver
  • 15 Holt
  • 08 Robinson
  • 37 Carrick
Referee: Bezborodov
Attendance: 44,361
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