By Chris Wright
Whisper it, but I’m actually enjoying watching Liverpool play of late.
A second hat-trick in the space of three games from the formerly useless Maxi Rodriguez and a goal apiece from Dirk Kuyt and the hugely impressive Luis Suarez saw Liverpool do their chances of pipping Spurs to fifth spot no harm – handing Fulham their arses back on a plate with a 5-2 routing at Craven Cottage last night.
In a game which saw Jamie Carragher make his 666th Liverpool appearance to move to second position in the club’s all-time rankings (behind Ian Callaghan’s 857 turn-outs), Suarez once again proved himself to be of the most important signings of the season and was an absolute joy to behold from the off – causing Brede Hangeland migraine after migraine with his irrepressible movement and cunning creativity.
Bearing in mind that Liverpool would be second in the Premier League (behind Chelsea) if they started tallying from the day that King Kenny took the reigns, it sure looks like next season sure is going to be interesting one at Anfield – and for all the right reasons this time!
Stand-in Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher leads his side out on his 666th appearance for the club
Maxi Rodriguez celebrates opening the scoring after just 32 seconds
Jay Spearing and Moussa Dembele battle for the ball
Maxi Rodriguez takes the ball from Gael Kakuta
Deadly Dirk Kuyt punches the air after putting Liverpool 3-0 up
Maxi Rodriguez completes his hat-trick with a 25-yard pearler
Luis Suarez tussles for the ball with Carlos Salcido and Brede Hangeland
Luis Suarez pokes home Liverpool’s fifth goal…
…then celebrates accordingly
A knackered Jamie Carragher applauds the travelling support after the final whistle
Photos courtesy of the PA.