Liverpool Light — now that’s entertainment

April 7, 2008

Crouch celebratesWas it just me, or did anyone else secretly prefer Liverpool Light to the Real Thing?

The Liverpool side that took the field for part two of the triple-header with Arsenal featured eight changes from the team that came away with a 1-1 draw from the Champions League first leg, including an all-new midfield and attack.

Rafa Benitez must have felt slightly apologetic when he sent out Peter Crouch to lead a team made up mainly of fringe players but things turned out better than he could have hoped.

Inspired by an immense Crouch, they showed far more ambition than they had in the Champions League game and probably deserved more than the same 1-1 scoreline. Anfield Red are among those now wondering if the striker should start on Tuesday. I’m not saying they were any better than Arsenal, or even better than the Liverpool team from the first game, but their willingness to improvise going forward and occasionally leave gaps at the back made for a far more entertaining game.

Liverpool fans were also enthused by a promising debut from Damien Plessis, a 20-year-old signed from Lyon last year. Here’s what Liverpool Pies had to say:

I’m excited because yesterday I saw one of the best Liverpool debuts I can remember in a long, long time. Midfielder Damien Plessis’ inclusion in the starting XI at Emirates Stadium came as a shock, but the 20-year-old Frenchman played a blinder and for me was Man of the Match.

Anyway, Benitez will doubtless wheel out Gerrard, Torres, Mascherano, Alonso and co for Tuesday’s game at Anfield and they’ll probably spend most of the game in two close lines behind the ball, trying to hold out for the goalless draw that would see them to another semi-final.

Liverpool have made that sort of performance their trademark lately, and they’re obviously pretty good at it. But is that really entertainment?

PHOTO: Crouch celebrates his goal against Arsenal at Highbury, April 5, 2008. REUTERS/Kieran Doherty


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Quite agree about Peter Crouch. I feel really sorry for him. He scores whenver he plays, or near enough. Sadly wasted at Liverpool.

Posted by Luc | Report as abusive

lets not forget to mention that while Liverpool successfully tied Arsenal they unsuccessfully dropped two points when it was almost guaranteed that Everton would pick up 3 points. Not a very clever move on Rafa’s part.

Posted by bill | Report as abusive

That’s a fair point, Bill. I wonder if they might come to regret losing those two points.
And I see lots of papers saying today that Crouch is ready to leave at the end of the season. Perfectly understandable. He needs to be playing somewhere every week.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Bill, I understand your point about Liverpool dropping points against Arsenal that would have helped in the race for fourth place, but I think you have neglected to mention that Arsenal dropped two points that were probably even more important. I’m sure Benitez always felt that his team was likely to drop at least two points in this league match, sandwiched as it was between two Champion’s league games. The fact that they were all three against Arsenal is of little consequence. Benitez would likely have rotated the same number of players had the CL games been against different teams. Rafa had known for some time that this would be a game where we were likely to drop points, and that is why it was so important that Liverpool beat Everton. As a result of that win and a draw at Arsenal, Liverpool are still 1 point better of than they were before the Everton game. Not bad when you consider the schedule of late.

Posted by Bryan | Report as abusive