A lot has changed at Liverpool since Arsenal drew 1-1 at Anfield on the opening day of the Premier League season.
So just how much of a threat will Kenny Dalglish, Andy Carroll and company be to Arsenal’s title push? We spoke to James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo to get an opposition perspective on Sunday’s game.
The first half against Manchester City was the best 45 minutes Liverpool have produced all season. They started at a really high tempo, their passing was precise, their movement was great and they tore Manchester City to shreds. But it’s still a work in progress. Everybody knows that Liverpool aren’t blessed with great depth in their squad and that has been a problem for a few years now. I think there is a lot of excitement about the potential at Liverpool if they can add to the squad in the summer.
MAN OF THE MOMENT
The fans have really taken to Andy Carroll. It has been a difficult start for him, coming with that massive price tag at the end of January and also with an injury. It has taken time to build up his fitness but there has been signs in recent weeks that he is getting back to his best. His Anfield career really exploded into life against Manchester City. It was a special display and has really whetted the appetite of what he may go on to achieve during his Anfield career.
THE MAN IN CHARGE
The fans are delighted to have Kenny Dalglish back. He has instilled a sense of belief and togetherness which wasn’t there for the first six months of the season. Since he has come in, the whole mood around the Club has been transformed. He has got Liverpool back playing with the pass-and-move philosophy fans have been used to over the years.
REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL
I think everyone is absolutely delighted with his return. He is a legendary figure at Anfield. He has turned a side that were only four points away from the relegation zone into a team with an outside chance of qualifying for Europe. I think it is 23 points from a possible 36 since he has been back.