Liverpool came from behind to beat Birmingham City yesterday. After Captain Steven Gerrard's 35th minute penalty had cancelled out a Mikael Forsell opener a superb second half performance was capped by goals from Harry Kewell and Emile Heskey as the Reds recorded a crucial 3-1 victory.
The Liverpool team showed just one change from the one Gerard Houllier named against Steaua Bucharest in midweek, with Heskey returning to the starting line-up in place of the injured Michael Owen.
Despite the impressive UEFA Cup result on Thursday much has been said this week about Liverpool's desire not to be involved in the competition again next season. With just two homes wins under their belt in the Premiership so far this season an Anfield victory over Birmingham was imperative for the Reds' aspirations of achieving a coveted top-four finish, and with it a place back among the continent's elite.
When Liverpool last defeated the Blues at home, they went on to clinch the First Division Championship a week later. That was way back in 1986, the same season Birmingham last suffered top-flight relegation. However, times have changed and the country's most successful ever club went into this game trailing the Midlander's by two places and two points in the Premiership table.
The league table doesn't lie. Steve Bruce's side have been one of the surprise packages of the campaign so far and fully deserve what for them is a lofty position. The Reds, meanwhile, have flattered to deceive. Their position is not a satisfactory one and everyone at the club is aware of the need for improvement. Let's hope that we can now put together a string of wins starting from NOW !!
Read about this match here and here.
In other news, Arsenal were frustrated by Man of the Match Edwin Van der Sar, as their match with Fulham ended 0-0.
And Chelsea beat Man Utd. (YES !!) to go top of the table. The score was 1-0.
All pictures are from BBC Sport Website.