Kuyt 8, Riera 33, Gerrard pen 40, 50, pen 65
5 goals past Martin O Neil's men and most importantly, we managed to capitalize on the the slip of Manchester United defeat at Craven Cottage. Liverpool knew that they needed to win to close the gap to 1 point if they got 3 points against Aston Villa and they did the job brilliantly.
Scoring 5 goals is always pleasing to see and Captain Stevie added 3 more to his total tally of goals this season. 2 well-taken penalties and a placement freekick just outside the area. Dirk Kuyt and Albert Riera scoring the first 2 goals.
Knowing that both Chelsea and Manchester United dropping points the day before, it's so crucial for Rafa's men to win and made sure we got the 3 points we desperately need. Somehow, it's rather rare to see the other 2 giants dropping points on the same weekend. We have to keep on the pressure and you could see the confidence in the Liverpool team now.
Scoring 4 goals against Real Madrid, another 4 against Man United and now, 5 goals thrashing of Aston Villa, Liverpool's goal difference has improved massively. This could prove to be a essential factor as the title race may go to the wire.
I can understand Rafa's frustrations even though we won convincingly at Anfield. We took our foot off the gas once we got the 5 goals and I thought we could have gone more adventurous and score more against 10 men. It's important for us to keep it going and both our feet on the ground as we know, we are still second and we did not win anything yet.
Special praise for Albert Riera, who scored a wonderful volley second goal for the Anfield faithfuls. Played superbly and creating chances throughout the game. A typical winger you would love to have in the game. I was kind of disappointed that he started really well in the beginning, but later on, form dipped a little. But I'm really glad to see him playing to his potential again, cutting in and out of defenders, delivering beautiful crosses into the box. Hopefully, he can keep it going and constantly producing performances like that day against Villa.
1 point above us, with the leaders with a game in hand. Anything still can happen, and it's important for us to win every game, pressuring Alex Ferguson's men as you will never know what will happen at the end of May. Who knows?
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