Andy Carroll instigated what may have just become my favourite Liverpool goal celebration this season (not that there are that many to choose from, of course). It makes Maxi look like a small child.
- On the plus side, Liverpool only lost at home once this calendar year. This does not in anyway assuage the pain of the four billionth draw at home. How is it even possible to draw this much at home, how? Is there a curse? Has the curse that constantly causes infection in Stevie G’s groin and ankle and god knows where else now infected the pitch in a way that prevents us from winning? It’s astounding. I’ve considered implementing a new policy whereby I don’t blog about a draw if the match before was also a draw, but then I realised you’d probably never hear from me again.
- Of course, I’m not sure that anyone other than Blackburn’s keeper really deserves any credit as it’s not like they did anything, including scoring the goal they received as a Boxing Day gift from Charlie Adam.
- Blackburn’s keeper didn’t quite have a Game of the Season™ that every other visiting keeper to Anfield has had, but he still managed to get in some spectacular saves that would have otherwise gone in on a day where a keeper wasn’t suddenly invincible after passing through the Shankly gates.
- Andy Carroll looked positive and promising, which is a happy development. More importantly, this seems to be something people other than Amelia and I are saying, which is nice. Very hard to criticize his performance, although I’m sure lots of people are looking for some way of whining about it. I was surprised to see him named to the starting line-up, to be honest, and was extra thrilled that he got a full 90 minutes because I was worried Kenny would have another of his bizarre substitution moments and take him off instead of someone else.
Also, his black eye? He allegedly got it in training, but I think I prefer the explanation that told Steven Gerrard that he’s never heard of Phil Collins.
- Daniel Agger, is it necessary to dive when you’re in possession of the ball? Probably not.
- My captain, my king. The return of Stevie G is a) always fabulous, b) somehow changes everything even though maybe it shouldn’t. Hell, nearly got an assist coming on and taking a free kick immediately. It’s a Christmas miracle! Let’s see how long he lasts; part of me wants to start a single serving site in the style of those workplace “days without injury” signs for him. Somewhat hilariously, when I googled “days without injury sign”, Owen Hargreaves’ Wikipedia page was the fourth result.
On the plus side, we have a string of games coming now where they’re taking place every three or four days so that makes for an exciting month (for spectators, at the very least). On the negative side, I expect to draw all home games because that’s how things work.