RB:"Your scarf makes you look like a pillock." .........."I'm serious."
Liverpool had to settle for just the 1 point yesterday, after both teams failed to score in a 0-0 stalemate. Despite the massive boosts of Torres and Benayoun making shock appearances on the bench and also being utilised, the lads could not get anything past Shay Given.
Neither side really caused problems for each others goal keeper with Reina only being called to make one super save and Given much the same.
City were without Tevez and did not opt to start Craig Bellamy, they were set up in a similar fashion to ourselves and it appears that both formations were cancelling each other out.
In a post match interview Benitez was quoted saying that the idea was to try and break City down but it just didn't work... Too right it didn't.
Before we get all up in arms about it though, let's take a step back and analyse things properly.
Let's look at Aston Villa's run in first...
They are set to play Hull, Sunderland and Stoke City for their next 3 Premier League fixtures. At first glance you would be right to suggest that the only real problem within those fixtures is an away clash with Stoke, but when you throw in that they also have a league cup final against Manchester United to focus on and another FA Cup tie, distractions are present.
As for Tottenham...
Their next three fixtures read Everton, Man City and Blackburn. As much as we may hate to admit it, Everton are on a decent run of form, they have beaten Chelsea and Manchester United and although they were no trouble for ourselves (haha) you get the feeling Spurs may struggle. Man City too will obviously be a big game and to add to it they also have an FA Cup clash to think about.
Moving on to City...
As mentioned above they will have to face Spurs in the midst of their next three fixtures with Chelsea beforehand and an away trip to Sunderland afterwards. Again they also have an FA Cup game to think about.
As for ourselves...
Well our distraction comes in the form of Unirea Urziceni, but in all fairness we are 1-0 up from the first leg, they didn't look as though they would take much beating and although we shall be travelling to Romania hopefully we can just progress smoothly and think about the league.
Our next three fixtures are a gift in footballing terms and assuming that we can go out there and collect maximum points the games against Blackburn, Wigan and Portsmouth could prove vital for Liverpool to stamp their mark on that fourth spot.
With the reintroduction of Torres and Benayoun being such a massive boost and hopes that Glen Johnson will be back soon, not to mention the fact that we have only let 2 goals in, in our last 8 games (all competitions) and only lost once, our run of good form is still well and truly there.
There is no shame in coming away with a 0-0 draw from The City Of Manchester Stadium, especially when you note the fact that their team is filled with big names and talent.
What was disappointing was the sheer lack of chances but again you get the feeling with Fernando coming back, most of that problem will be solved. On a plus side the defence has been solid for a good while now minus that Arsenal goal. Kyrgiakos will be back before we know it too and we all know how great an option he is now.
It's not all bad, we are still in a good situation where a lot of aspects should fall into our own hands, we are far from being on the back foot and although the table does not look fantastic at the moment and although our performances are hardly electric, we all know Liverpool can pull off this sort of thing, none more so when there is some sort of pressure thrown into the mix.
Keep a calm head on things, it's by no means over yet.