No Goals At Wigan
|The lads warm up in Suarez shirts...|
Liverpool started Luis Suarez and i think this was an excellent decision by manager Kenny Dalglish. By not starting him, the conspiracy theories would have been out. It was also nice to see Dalglish and the players fully supporting Suarez in their number 7 shirts.
Maxi Rodriguez also got a start after Craig Bellamy was chosen to start from the bench due to our two recent games being in quick succession.
Liverpool's best portion of the game was easily the first 20 minutes or so. The Reds kept their shape and plenty in the form of attack was being created from both the wings and through the centre of midfield. Luis Suarez was as lively as ever and the link up play between him and Maxi Rodriguez was fantastic.
Al Habsi had a different plan to the sea of Red shirts coming at him though and the keeper made some great saves to deny Liverpool in the first half. Crucially for Wigan, they kept out the Liverpool attack whilst it was at it's peak. It seems so important lately for Liverpool to capitalise on their early efforts and take the lead. If we don't score early on, it all seems to go downhill quickly and i still can't put my finger on why?
Wigan had a spell late in the first half mainly consisting of attempts from Moses and Gomez and the Latics made sure they continued this confident performance into the second half.
In the midst of a still strong Wigan performance, Liverpool got themselves a penalty. Now most people judging by the look on Suarez's face were expecting the Uruguayan to step up to take the penalty but i was left thinking, why isn't it Kuyt? To cut a long story short Charlie Adam took the penalty, Al Habsi got a strong hand to the effort and kept Wigan in the game.
After this, it was quite clear that Liverpool weren't going to get anything more than a point from the game. We didn't hit the woodwork this time but it had the feel of one of those games.
The midfield for me had a pretty poor night. Suarez was once again lively but he couldn't grab a goal. Glen Johnson had a couple of decent chances to put the Reds ahead but it just didn't quite fall right. One thing i would point out is that once again Jose Enrique was superb, I've mentioned it several times before but he's so calm and collected on the ball.
I suppose the final score of 0-0 after looking back at the 90 minutes wasn't a bad result really. And we should try to focus on the clean sheet and another good defensive performance but it is hard to focus on the minimal positives when we still seem to be struggling to score goals.
Next up for Liverpool is Blackburn so perhaps a chance to redeem ourselves?