GERRARD and RAFA chat during a stoppage in play
LIVERPOOL got off to a flyer in the 1st minute robbing the ball from UNIREA'S kick off and going straight down the field with KUYT playing a lovely little flick through to GERRARD side footed a shot that was heading straight into the top corner when the UNIREA keeper made a great diving save touching out for a corner. this lifted the crowd and there was a feeling like it would be how many tonight. KUYT was looking lively down the right puting in some dangerous crosses and once flashing a great effort right across the face of goal which the UNIREA keeper did well to get a hand on.
but after the bright start the game developed into a pattern with LIVERPOOL controlling the game and UNIREA camped in their own half defending deep.
the crowd also became quiet with the team not giving them anything to cheer about, the game became so pedestrian with th feeling that it was going to be one of those nights.
LIVERPOOL expecting something to happen rather than making it happen , there was such a lack of energy that it gave the appearanc of a training match at melwood, i think a few players were thinking about sunday's match rather than this one.
the second half wasn't getting any better in fact i thought it was getting worse LIVERPOOL being frustrated by UNIREA'S defending, in fairness UNIREA defended superbly puting their bodies on the line to block every LIVERPOOL attempt which was becoming mostly from long range efforts.
desperate for a change BABEL was sent on for REIRA and soon after PACHECO was sent on as well. this seemed to lift the crowd and BABEL especially seemed to be seeing a lot of the ball and looked up for it running at the defence at every opportunity.
the goal eventually came on 81 minutes when BABEL down the left cut in on his right foot pu over a perfect cross for the diminutive PACHECO who slipped in between 2 defenders and placed a perfect header across goal towards N'GOG who bravely dived to header the ball into the UNIREA net with a defender tightly marking him.
very pedestrian performance, but another clean sheet , another win and great to see PACHECO and BABEL making an impact and looking very promising.
MAN OF THE MATCH-
KUYT i thought his attitude and work rate was superb trying to make things happen when others around him were going through the motions.