THERE were loads of positives to take from two really tough away games but I’m gutted that Liverpool don’t have more to show for those performances.
We could have picked up six points but ended up with just two after conceding leads against both Arsenal and Manchester City.
I’m convinced we’re moving in the right direction but we still lack that ruthless streak. Individual errors have cost us massively this season and it was the same at the Etihad.
But there are real signs of improvement and I’m optimistic about the rest of the season. Steven Gerrard is right in saying that fourth place is still a realistic target. Those people who write us off don’t know anything about football.
Liverpool produced the greatest comeback in history back in 2005 and making up nine points on Tottenham is certainly possible. Spurs have lost Jermain Defoe and if Gareth Bale got injured they would be in real trouble.
The only games we’ve got left against those in the top six are Spurs, Everton and Chelsea all at home. We’re capable of winning all three and if we achieve that we’ll be right on their tails.
I don’t want to tempt fate but we’ve got two winnable home games coming up against West Brom and Swansea.
Pick up maximum points and in a fortnight we should be above Everton.
One thing Brendan Rodgers needs to address is our ability to see games out. Look at the way Manchester United grind out results. We don’t seem to be able to do that.
Both of Man City’s goals should have been prevented on Sunday. In contrast both of our goals were unstoppable.
City got in behind us too easily for the opening goal. I don’t like seeing centre-backs with their arms in the air. It used to drive me crazy when Tony Adams did that all the time. You should play to the whistle and we got caught out.
Daniel Sturridge was excellent and he produced a tremendous strike for the equaliser. People were quick to jump on his case when we signed him, saying he was a Chelsea reject, but I always said he would be a big asset. He keeps proving the doubters wrong. What I like about Sturridge is that he’s not the tallest but he’s got a presence. He holds the ball up well and brings team-mates into play.
He was unfortunate not to get a penalty as well. He might have made a meal out of it but replays showed there was contact from Joleon Lescott.
We’re looking a lot more potent and Steven Gerrard continued his great form with a world class goal. It was there to be hit and he didn’t let anyone down. Gerrard was crowned England Player of the Year on Sunday and that was fully deserved.
It should have been the winner and I couldn’t see City coming back but a rush of blood from Pepe Reina cost us.
Martin Skrtel didn’t do him any favours by getting caught out of position but it was Reina’s fault. It was a moment of madness. There was no reason for him to come rushing out. Give Sergio Aguero loads of credit for the finish but we shouldn’t have got into that situation.
We’re looking tasty attacking wise but we need to tighten up defensively if we’re going to build on a promising week.