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Oh Me Of Little Faith

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Football fans are a fickle breed, and that includes me. I’ve said a number of things about Liverpool’s prospects this season, mostly of a negative nature, and particularly so after the departure of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid. Things just seemed to get worse after it transpired that new signing Alberto Aquilani was injured and wouldn’t be available for several weeks after the start of the new season. Sunday’s poor game against Spurs just seemed to confirm my prognosis, although I did try and put some positive spin on it, vis:

  • one swallow does not a summer make
  • we need to improve by about three results this season to finish top
  • we had the same result at White Hart Lane last year
  • as long as we improve against the lower teams, it’s all good

but it was purely putting a brave face on it. I really couldn’t see us beating United and Chelsea to top spot, and in fact I was starting to worry about Arsenal.
Wednesday night’s demolition of Stoke and United’s loss to Burnley have turned things on their head. It’s one of the results we needed to improve – last year we drew 0-0 home and away with Stoke, and you could argue it cost us the title.
I must also confess that I was wrong about Glen Johnson. After watching him during England’s friendly with Holland last week, I was worried. He looked shaky defensively, and didn’t seem to offer enough going forward to compensate. He show some promise on Sunday, winning the penalty that briefly levelled the scores, but last night he was dynamite. To cap it with a spectacular scissor kick to open his account on home debut just about sums up how wrong I was. Even Lucas had a decent game, and if I find myself having to eat humble pie over my opinions of him then it will be a good season. Still worried about Arsenal though…