Date:Sunday December 22 2013
The Cardiff circus, off the field, continued to dominate before the game at Anfield. It'll continue to dominate things until a decision is made once and for all on Malky's future, who in the wake of defeat made it clear that he's 100% certainly not going to resign.
Alas, there was a game wasn't there and this ended with a Suarez inspired Liverpool running out 3-1 winners as they dominated the first half but a spirited second half showing from Cardiff showed just how supportive of Malky the players are, even if the on looking Vincent Tan isn't!
Meetings with Liverpool have been few and far between in recent years, but eight wins from 15 visits to Anfield ahead of this one wasn't a bad return at all was it, but this became eight in 16 though as an unchanged Liverpool side continued where they left off against Tottenham.
Gunnarsson came in for Campbell; he dropped to the bench, in our only change from the win over WBA.
Noone forced Mignolet into the first significant save early on, Mutch was the instigator of a good break with boyhood Liverpool fan Noone denied a dream goal at Anfield by a good save from the Liverpool goalkeeper, however the curling effort was at a nice height for him.
Liverpool were pressing, the intensity was increased and finally the breakthrough came. A move was started and finished by Suarez. The in form striker put the ball out wide to Henderson, who just stayed on side, and his cross was volleyed home from the edge of the area by Suarez (25) with Marshall left rooted to the spot, there wasn't anything he or another goalkeeper with him I'd say could have done about that one.
Trickery from Noone won us a freekick and from this we had a good shout for a penalty. Caulker was having his shirt pulled by Skrtel but neither the referee or his assistant spotted this so nothing was given.
Liverpool were threatening a second and but for the near post Courtinho would've beaten Marshall, fortunately this came out to safety. The post, and then a goal line clearance from Marshall kept it at one. A goal line decision proved that Marshall managed to scramble the ball away from Flanagan's effort off the post, with the goalkeeper then saving from Sterling.
It seemed inevitable that it would come and shortly before the half time break the second goal did come for Liverpool. A break saw us caught three on one with Suarez playing in Sterling, who looked offside perhaps, but the winger didn't wait to see and this time Sterling (42) finished past Marshall.
We needed to go into the break so we could regroup, thankful it was only two, but the unstoppable Suarez scored again to make it three. He got a lucky break at first but a clever backheel from Henderson left Suarez (45) to curl home expertly from the edge of the area.
A double change was made and this sparked some life into us. A freekick from the touchline was swung in and Mutch wouldn't have believed his luck as he was left free in the box, where was the Liverpool defence? We didn't care as Mutch (58) headed home.
The first goal away from home we'd scored in the Premier League 498 minutes! Coming early enough in the second half to give us hope, even more so if we could add another one quickly.
Was it that Liverpool were easing off or were we really putting on more pressure? Maybe a bit of both but it was clear there was a greater determination and fight in the second half and the pressure we continued to put on could be seen with set pieces causing particular problems to the Liverpool defence. Another example was yet another good shout for a penalty, once more Skrtel was trying to swap shirts with Caulker before the end of the game but it wasn't given.
Suarez almost had the final say as Liverpool broke away again. Sterling was put in but was denied by Marshall. Suarez picked the ball up, two defenders covered but he had both beaten with his effort but again the post came to our rescue to deny him yet another hat trick.
It was a second half to be proud of; Mackay was clearly emotional at fulltime and his reaction to the supporters looked to be one of someone that was saying goodbye.
If he has taken charge of his last game it'll not be of his doing, as he's not walking away from the players, his coaching team or the club by choice.
Tan it's over to you!
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Date:Sunday December 22 2013
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