XABI FUCKING ALONSO!!!!!! WHAT A FUCKING PLAYER!!!! BARRY
I know this doesn't matter at all, because you should be smart enought to appreciate what you've got, regardless of what others think.... but if Xabi hasn't been the best centre-mid in the world this season, I'll eat my fecking hat. He looked a class above everyone on the pitch, not for the first time this season. He is rediculously good. I may have more of an appreciation of his style of game and skill set than most, but I think if you haven't actually played the game you might not realise how fecking amazing the things he does for our midfield are.
At the moment, Reina and Xabi are a cut above anyone in the league for their respective positions. Arbeloa has been the second-best right full-back (or full-back full stop) behind Bosingwa (although playing full back in a team that dominates the ball most games is easier than being under the pump for 90 minutes). Get off Arebloa's back some of you, jeezus.
Gerrard hasn't realy hit his top form all season. He was coming really deep to pick up the ball today, and I hate it when he does that when he's the 'second striker'. It's fine every so often, and I don't blame him (sometimes) when he feels like he has to do that to pick the ball up, but without two strikers and/or widemen to hit the ball to and move in front of him, it's just a waste. Once Gerrard & Torres can hit form, even if that's in fecking March, we can win this thing (we wont win it without this happening, by the way).
Kuyt continues to be massive for us this season. Think about how much we've needed him and what he's delivered on the right & up front (what with Torres & Keane not providing nearly as many goals - so far - that we would have hoped for).
Masch was decent(-ish), but starts to look like a bit of a luxury when we get to the 70 minute mark and it's still 0-0 and Gerrard's dropping so deep to pick up the ball with only Kuyt to really hit it to. I love him and he should def start games like this, just making an observation.
Benayoun showed his magic tonight. I don't care what people say about him (using his shite performance against West Ham as not the first example). We need someone with the ability to score the goal he did, and we don't have many of those. Glad he's getting his chance and made the most of it tonight. He'll be bloody important for us.
Babel - was great to see him start, and I don't think he was bad at all. He scares defences, and, in a different way to Yossi, he provides something we don't otherwise have (genuine pace and directness and the ability to scare defences (isolated full-backs). Otherwise he draws attention (notice how often he lays the ball of for a Gerrard or Lonso to hit in space on top of the box?).
Doesn't Sami look great! A true Liverpool CHAMPION. I love Agger but keep Sami playing at the moment. CARRA, you just keep doing your thing, mate.
Insua, brilliant to see him start and not look out of his depth. I'm more than happy with that at this stage. Not sure how Dossena deserves criticism for not playing tonight, but there you go, "whoppers".
Best thing is, we're hardly 'dominating' this league, yet we're clear on top. Think of other leaders at this stage over the past few seasons, they're looking awesome, but we're not... and thats a positive. We know we can and probably will get better out of Gerrard, Torres and Keane later this season. Babel will hopefully play his part and win us a couple more games. Yossi shows what he can do for us. Riera can still do the business, and Kuyt has been immense in a Kuyt kind of way. The mids and backline have been as solid as ever and are keeping us on top while we're not playing brilliantly.
December, deservedly top of the league (when are you not?), and we're yet to go on a dominant run (of form, points we're doing that already).
Lighten the feck up, because this has been and will be a great season.