Reds mustn’t let lucky wins get to their head as they still have room for improvement
As Christian Benteke diverted Jordan Henderson’s cross into the Bournemouth goal during the Reds clash against the Premier League new-comers on last Monday, there was a sense of unparalleled joy that ran through us Kopites. Seeing our second most expensive signing score his first goal for the side on his home debut was the best scenario that we could have hoped for, especially when you consider the fact that he is being considered as one of the biggest gamble’s we’ve ever taken.
But before the striker could celebrate the goal that he was waiting for, he took one quick glance at the linesman to confirm whether or not it actually stood. This is when all of us Liverpool fans need to realize how lucky we were on the night.
Liverpool did run out as the victors against Bournemouth, but the goal that we scored, should not have stood under the new offside rule that has been implemented from this season. What makes things even worse for our guests on last Monday was the fact that they themselves had an early goal ruled out for a foul. Tommy Elphick had the ball in the back of the net in the 5th minute of the match, but the goal was ruled out after he was adjudged to have been overtly physical on Dejan Lovren. The majority of people are saying that this was an incorrect call, but I would rather classify it as a 50-50 that could easily have gone either way.
Before dissecting our last game any further, I’d like to come straight to the point that I’m trying to make. What I’m trying to say right now is that we got lucky. We got lucky twice during the Bournemouth game and we also got lucky when a Coutinho screamer gave us an undeserved win over Stoke on the opening weekend. Getting lucky is absolutely fine because not too many sides can boast about getting the rub of the green, but then again, how long can we bank on luck to bail us out? This run of good luck that we’re so fortunate to have on our side will not last throughout the entire season.
What we could rather depend on would be our own selves. Liverpool Football Club may have won their first two games of the season without conceding a single goal, but what is also true is the fact that we need to play much better than what we’ve been playing. The going will get tougher, beginning Monday which sees us travel to the Emirates stadium for our first mammoth tie of the season.
While there have been many positives, including the dependable performances of our full backs and also the staggering influence of Henderson and Coutinho, our game is nowhere near the rip-roaring stuff that we had going a couple of seasons ago. So, rather than celebrate our winning start too much, every single one of us Liverpool fans should be hoping for some real improvement in our game to make sure that we start earning the results ourselves.