I thought it ended up as a bit of a damp squib. I'd spent the whole weekend working up to it, and the belly was full of butterflies by the time Monday came - more so than it has done all season. To me it was a pivotal match. Win it, and we can head into the rest of the season with renewed genuine belief that we could maybe scrape this 4th spot and carry that alongside a final, and a decent FA Cup run. One of those 'marker' games. And I really thought it was going to be a hum-dinger - a real classic - under the lights, an attacking side coming to Anfield full of confidence and going for a title, Suarez coming back, Bellamy streaking away on the counter. I was all a buzz for it and I had all sorts of high scoring possibilities in my head.
Bound to be 0-0 then.
From the first whistle, right from the off, both sides looked flat. Weirdly flat. Crowd was flat, maybe not enough Bovril? Spurs came for a point - they'd seen the form - and duly came away with it. If any team wants to get a point away from home in the league, I reckon most would pick Anfield as the best place to go get one. With my 'neutral' head on tho, I was disappointed in the lack of ambition from Spurs. OK - a good few injuries at the mo, expressed by their bench, but still - it spoke volumes to me. Realistic perhaps, but nonetheless. A team in zugzwang - not going to push for a title, not going to lose out on 3rd. In days gone by, when only winning the league gets you a seat at the top table in Europe, Spurs would pull out all the stops... now? It's just different. Cash first.
This is not a dig at Spurs at all, just at football. I watched Nuremburg v Dortmund on Friday, and in the crowd, white letters on a red background, was a banner that simply read, 'Against Modern Football'. I've slipped that in for fun.
More importantly, what did it say about us? I haven't got a clue. More of the same really. Against a team prepared to defend and break, we don't have the keys, or even know where the holes are to put the keys. Kenny said we were 3/4 of the way there, but he was being generous.
Tactically I can't see much to 'moan' about. I did think we'd go with Henderson, but other than that it made some sense. The one thing I did want to see tho was Bellamy going thru the middle for a while. Carroll played well enough to stake his claim to stay on, but I just wanted to hook him off and stick Bellamy in the middle. I'm behind Carroll, always have been, but that was my only wish.
Disappointing, and possibly telling.