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Liverpool Light — now that’s entertainment
Was 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