Liverpool v. West Bromwich Albion @ Anfield
After a very disappointing loss to Manchester City and a very thunderous loss to Chelsea, Liverpool and West Brom looked to redeem themselves and pick up their boots.
For the most part, the Baggies and the Reds were pretty close for the entirety of the first half. Liverpool dominated in terms of possession, but when it came down to chances it was close. I had to give it to the Baggies, though; they were able to hold off the Liverpool offence and their attacks for a good bit and the score remained nil-nil at the half.
Liverpool looked fit during the first 45'. Martin Skrtel had the freedom to do his thing in the backend while Jamie Carragher took the fall-back position behind him. Fernando Torres started this match and it opened up the pitch for everyone else.
After the half, the last 45 minutes of the game was full of possibilities. It didn't take long for Liverpool to step up the pace and make West Brom the ones to catch up. Liverpool was like a bolt of red lightning through Anfield in the second half when the game suddenly gained intensity. It didn't take long before Liverpool scored the first goal.
Just like what he does, Steven Gerrard sprung Fernando Torres free from his spot, but instead of taking it in, he sent the ball to Dirk Kuyt on his left side. The Dutchman took the responsibility and travelled into the box while Torres remained just outside of the box.
Kuyt cut the ball back to Torres and with a brilliant strike, Torres sent the ball zipping into the Albion goal to give the lead at the 66'.
As the game progressed, Albion started to have their frustration seep into their play. At one point a penalty kick should've been given, but wasn't and Liverpool and fans (and me) couldn't help but complain! If I on a very dingy stream can see the foul and it goes uncalled, I'm going to get a little angsty!! But I guess the fans and I will have to settle with the red card given to James Morrison who will now miss West Brom's next 3 fixtures.
It feels (really) good to have get 3 points up on the board and to get out of the relegation zone. Our first win of the season was a decent one. This defintely wasn't a half-bad way to end my English week before the 2012 UEFA Euro Cup qualifiers start.
Man of the Match: #9 Fernando Torres