Liverpool’s title bid takes a hit

23 Feb
Dirk Kuyt equalized for Liverpool on Sunday, but the Reds are now seven points back from league leader Manchester United.

Dirk Kuyt equalized for Liverpool on Sunday, but the Reds are now seven points back from league leader Manchester United.

Liverpool fought back from a 1-0 deficit, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Sunday.  Despite dominating the first half, the Reds were unable to take advantage before the break.  City went up 1-0 on a Craig Bellamy (or Arbeloa own goal) goal almost immediately to begin the second half.  Dirk Kuyt tied the game for Liverpool after Fernando Torres mis-hit the ball.  Liverpool has to take better advantage of the chances they get.  While obviously a draw is better than a loss, one point does little to close the gap on Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Manchester United romped to a 2-1 victory over Blackburn and now have a seven point lead at the top of the table with just 12 games remaining.  ManUtd has been tearing it up lately, so Liverpool is going to have to actually win and hope that Manchester United drops points along the way.  Also, Liverpool is now only three points up on third place Chelsea.  Bottom line: WIN OUT.

In other Liverpool news, Steven Gerrard has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Real Madrid.  Whether he is actually fit to play a significant role remains to be seen.

Results from Feb. 21-22
Liverpool 1, Manchester City 1
Newcastle 0, Everton 0
Fulham 2, West Brom 0
Aston Villa 0, Chelsea 1
Arsenal 0, Sunderland 0
Bolton 2, West Ham 1
Middlesbrough 0, Wigan 0
Stoke City 2, Portsmouth 2
Manchester United 2, Blackburn 1

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