Liverpool display authority of old to reopen title race

March 22, 2009

Liverpool reopened the Premier League title race with a 5-0 win over Aston Villa that must have thrilled Anfield, while leaving fans wondering why they haven’t seen similar displays all season.

This was exactly the sort of performance the occasion cried out for. Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat at Fulham, following on from the Old Trafford debacle, had left the door ajar, and Liverpool duly barged it open with another display of absolute self-belief.

For the first time in years, Liverpool look like a team who think they’re in the business of winning titles, not just challenging for Champions League places.

They’re a point behind Alex Ferguson’s side now, albeit having played a game more, and the 13 goals racked up against Real Madrid, United and now Villa are a powerful argument that the title race is not over.

But it might have been so much better for Reds fans.

Where was this level of conviction in the New Year games, when Stoke, Everton and Wigan Athletic all claimed draws? How could they beat Chelsea, and snatch a win at Portsmouth only then to draw with Manchester City? How did they contrive to lose 2-0 at Middlesbrough?

I bet many Liverpool fans feel at least a trace of frustration, even after the events of the past few days. They are candidates again for the title, sure, but by now they might have had the whole thing wrapped up.

PHOTO: Liverpool’s Albert Riera celebrates after scoring against Aston Villa at Anfield, March 22, 2009. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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its a wrong time for liverpool to peak. now they go into internationals when their momentum is on. when they come back they would have lost a bit of that momentum and that bit of confidence and believe. not to mention their mental readiness.

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seen ka lan is right. i bet benitez must be furious at the internationals coming up now. the real question is what form they’ll be in when the league resumes,

Posted by Jimbo | Report as abusive

Liverpool fans must be wondering why they’ve had to put up with poor football for the past five years. Man Utd need a bit of pressure, this will only help their cause.

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Liverpool’s form has been up and down this season, and that is the only reason why the team hasn’t been able to wrap up the season at this point. And this has been the case in the past few seasons.

Also another reason is that Gerrard missed a few games due to injury. So did Torres. And although the entire team may have performed exceptionally well against Chelsea, Man United and Aston Villa, the fact remains that Gerrard and Torres remain their main pillars of strength.

Benitez has signed a new contract and that has surely brought stability to the club. Now the main task before him is to make sure that the team doesn’t continue with its up and down form in the future.

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