Premier League draw specialists Liverpool claimed another point on their travels as Brendan Rodgers’ side were unable to find a way to breach Swansea City’s defence on Sunday afternoon. The last time the Reds had travelled to the Liberty Stadium, they were beaten 1-0 by the hosts – who were of course managed by Rodgers himself. But there was to be no winner this time around.
The 17-year-old winger and England international Raheem Sterling came closest to breaking the deadlock as his thunderous shot struck the woodwork, but in truth, both sides cancelled each other out for much of the match. The result meant that Liverpool have now drawn seven of their 13 top-flight fixtures this term – as have Stoke City. It also extended the Reds’ unbeaten run in the league to a respectable eight matches. Unfortunately for Rodgers, only three of those games have resulted in victory, leaving Liverpool in the bottom half of the table. The Merseysiders have yet to climb into the top half this term.
That fact may worry supporters, who will be hoping their side can, at the very least, improve on their final league position compared to last season. The recent displays of Jose Enrique and Glen Johnson will give the Anfield faithful much reason to be hopeful, however. Johnson’s quality has shone through over the last couple of years and thanks to his versatility and exciting attacking play, the defender is now one of the most valuable players at the club.
But it is Enrique who is surprising fans even more. The Spaniard enjoyed a steady few months at left-back when he first arrived at the club under Kenny Dalglish, but inconsistency soon crept into his game. Rodgers has recently utilised him in a more attacking role on the left – and Enrique has thrived in his new position. The former Newcastle star has linked up well with Luis Suarez and contributed to the recent victory over Wigan with a goal and an assist.
Given his impressive displays on the wing, Enrique is likely to keep his place there when the Reds travel to White Hart Lane to face Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham Hotspur side on Wednesday evening. Spurs are currently four points ahead of Rodgers’ men and a victory for the visitors would lift them closer to the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton. However, while Liverpool have lost just once on their travels this season – only unbeaten champions Manchester City can boast of a better record – the Reds have also only won one game away from home. While a draw against an attacking Spurs side would hardly be disastrous, it would not do much to help Liverpool’s cause. The Merseysiders, who have picked up just three wins all season, could do with another in north London. Only by turning draws into wins will Liverpool be able to lift themselves into the top half of the Premier League table.
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