By Bulldog Drummond
PS – leave the video running onto the next match….
But back to now. OK it is gods against upstarts – but as the video above shows, sometimes the upstarts win.
But if you read the papers in England, Liverpool are gods. Although in the real world it is fourth against fifth, with two points between us, but then what does the real world ever have to do with a) football and b) journalism.
|3||West Ham United||11||7||2||2||23||13||10||23|
Except of course, they are the massively scoring side, and we are mid-table in a table based on goals scored. Even if we measure defence they are better than we are and defence last season was where we shone.
The reason we took a while to settle at the start of the season of course is that the boss went out and bought a new defence, despite having the third best defence in the league last season, and it has taken them a while to get the hang of things. But now they are part of the machine, and they’ll know what to expect from Liverpool.
Sadly even our regular home away analysis doesn’t help us much…
So it is all looking pretty hopeless for us. We’ve been on a great run, but now we are being tested by one of the big boys (in terms of recent years) and we can come unstuck. Except for one little thing…
|1||West Ham United||6||5||0||1||12||6||6||15|
… the form guide. The table above is for the last six games.
Of course I don’t want to overplay this (as if I ever would) but we sure have been doing well of late. Here are Liverpool’s recent league matches
|25 Sep 2021||Brentford v Liverpool||D||3-3||Premier League|
|3 Oct 2021||Liverpool v Manchester City||D||2-2||Premier League|
|16 Oct 2021||Watford v Liverpool||W||0-5||Premier League|
|24 Oct 2021||Manchester United v Liverpool||W||0-5||Premier League|
|30 Oct 2021||Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion||D||2-2||Premier League|
|7 Nov 2021||West Ham United v Liverpool||L||3-2||Premier League|
Those two 5-0 away wins are pretty emphatic, but a) Watford had their defence breached and so tried to attack (they were at home) rather than having 12 men (11 players and the ref) behind the ball. As for the Manchester United game, I watched that on TV and Man U were really awful. I mean, really awfully awful. Incredibly awfully awful, if you get my drift.
But I am not trying to overplay this – Liverpool are a good team when it comes to scoring, and our young defence are going to have to be on top of their game to hold Liverpool up.
And sadly even history doesn’t help us out here. We have beaten them 81 times in history, but lost 91 – and there are very few clubs that have outdone us in that way.
The historic problem began in 1981 when starting with a 2-0 away defeat we won just three out of the next 22 league, league cup and charity shield games throughout the 80s.
There was another awful run through the 90s when starting with the opening of the 1994/5 season we went 14 games against them without a win, before managing a 2-0 victory in August 2000.
We’ve had ups and down ever since and in the last five meetings things have been a little better
|15 Jul 2020||Arsenal v Liverpool||W||2-1||Premier League|
|29 Aug 2020||Arsenal v Liverpool||W (pens)||1-1||FA Community Shield|
|28 Sep 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||L||3-1||Premier League|
|01 Oct 2020||Liverpool v Arsenal||W (pens)||0-0||League Cup|
|03 Apr 2021||Arsenal v Liverpool||L||0-3||Premier League|
Yep this is going to be hard going.
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