Rush of blood to the head
I've no idea what it is about Anfield. We always seem to crumble when we step onto that pitch. This was comfortably the worst Liverpool team I had ever seen, and we allowed them far too much time on the ball. We made them look a lot better than they actually are.
Brendan Rogers seems to have caught Kenny-itis with his bong eyed view of football. He was apparently delighted with how Liverpool played and more or less felt they were world-beaters. They weren't. We were distinctly average (again) and they couldn't break us down until Suarez inexplicably controlled a 60 yard punt before annoying the nation with that grin. For all of the ball Liverpool had, they never really looked like scoring. They had more corners than I care to remember, but they never challenged any of them. I think we've found our match in a team that cannot attack corners. Their only real outlets are Sterling who can run fast and nothing more and Suarez - who despite being the most unlikable character to step onto a football pitch - is a very good player. Liverpool are the new Swansea - tippy tappy football with no real penetration.
I can't help but feel that there is some history between Coloccini and Suarez. The Uruguayan cheat/bigot really had Colo rattled and he seemed to want to hurt him for a lot of the game. Perhaps this was his own unique form of kicking racism out of football?
I can only assume that Coloccini was sent off for intent because he certainly never touched him. Naturally, Suarez reacted the way he always does and acted as if he had been ran over by a bus. I'm not really clear on the rules, but apparently you can be sent off for intent...unless of course you're Steven Gerrard who has made a career out of two footed, studs up challenges. Also, Sterling made some identical fouls in the game that didn't even result in a card. Perhaps the ref caved into the Anfield pressure. You daren't send any home player off there as it simply isn't worth the hassle for the referee. See the abuse Mark Halsey and his family got.
So a draw was probably a fair result. Negative wise, Jonas was dreadful once again (not just for that "pass"). Simpson wasn't the best, but I can only imagine he was carrying a knock given that he wasn't even in the squad until he had to be called up last minute. I'd be inclined to say Ben Arfa had a poor game, but when you set someone up (even if he did over hit the cross) you cannot really say he played poorly. As a winger, if you're getting one assist per game you are doing your job.
On the plus side, Ba held the ball up really well until he was forced off. Cabaye was very good and took his goal brilliantly - better than Suarez's in my biased view. Santon again was brilliant on the left and finally Anita had his best game for us. It's time for him to step up now that Tiote will be missing again, joined by Perch who picked up an injury.
Historically, a draw at Anfield is far from a disgrace - but against that team we should have been winning. Player for player, we are better these days. But on the balance of play a draw was a fair result.
Back to Europe we go...