The perfect day for Liverpool.
Rafa Benitez’ men had to fight incredibly hard to pick up all three points at home to rivals Everton this afternoon. Dirk Kuyt scored the only goal at Anfield today to earn 10-man Liverpool a crucial victory in the race for 4th spot.
I must admit and I’m sure you know, I don’t say this very often, but I was quite impressed with Liverpool today. They played more than half the game with only ten-men following the sending off of Sotirios Kyrgiakos and they still managed to keep Everton at bay for the whole 90 minutes.
Liverpool’s victory looked even better when one of their arch rivals for 4th spot, Manchester City, were beaten 2-1 away to Hull City. Roberto Mancini’s side went 1-0 down just after the half hour mark when Jozy Altidore scored his first ever goal in the Premier League.
1-0 became 2-0 soon after the break when George Boateng blasted the ball beyond Shay Given from all of 25-yards to give Phil Brown’s men a comfortable lead. That comfortable lead was wiped out just minutes later when Emmanuel Adebayor pulled one back for the visitors, however City couldn’t manage to grab an equaliser leaving many, including myself, wondering if they really are good enough to finish ahead of the likes of Liverpool and co.
Meanwhile, in the late kick-off, Tottenham and Aston Villa played out a bore 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane which, as a result means Liverpool now occupy that final Champions League spot with just a third of the season to go.
The next few months really are going to be fascinating in terms of the race for 4th place. Can Liverpool keep their good run of form going between now and May? Will Mancini turn City’s fortunes around? Perhaps Redknapp can guide Spurs to Champions League football? Or maybe Martin O’Neill can still Villa into the promise land? Vote in the poll, just to the right of this post.