Liverpool manages draw in season opener

15 Aug

Well that was a dramatic way to start the season: two reds, a late equalizer and some questionable refereeing decisions.

Thoughts on the game:

  • I have no problem with Joe Cole’s red card.  Yeah, it’s a crappy way to start his Anfield career, but it was a pretty reckless challenge.  This was one of those tackles that could have gone yellow or red.
  • David N’Gog’s goal was superb.  What a great strike.  It’s nice to see him coming out of the shadow of Fernando Torres.  The young Frenchman has tallied four goals in three games.
  • Pepe Reina kept Liverpool in the game with some really nice saves.  It’s too bad his day was totally ruined by an own goal in the dying moments.  He got lucky when the ball bounced off the post, but couldn’t control the rebound and spilled it into the goal.  It was an out of character error for him, so I’m sure he’ll bounce back.
  • Fernando Torres didn’t start, but it was good to see him get some playing time (and not get hurt in the process).  He didn’t have any spectacular chances, but it’s only a matter of time before he gets back in form.
  • Javier Mascherano played a very solid game in the midfield.  Even though he might want to leave Liverpool, he still played with passion.  You have to like that.  
  • Even though the team gave up a late equalizer, there was an intensity about this Liverpool squad that was lacking last year.  I feel very positive about what this team is capable of this year; there should be definite improvement over last season’s debacle.
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