Five games in April sees the Reds ten points closer to their Champions League dream
April saw Merseyside remain red for the foreseeable future and Liverpool won three out of five games, all away from Anfield.
April 1st 2017 – Everton (H)
The Reds hosted Everton for the 228th Merseyside derby, having beaten them in the final minutes of the away fixture on a cold Monday night in December. Was it the 94th minute when Sadio Mané tapped in a Sturridge rebound, can someone remind me please?
The home fixture was even better. We were all over them. Mané, Coutinho and Origi scored and Divock even got himself a new song out of it. It only took eight minutes for Mané to shoot into the far corner and put the Reds in front.
Before the blues could sneakily set off a pyro after equalising (because that’s a huge achievement for such a small team), Coutinho put the Reds back in front before setting up Origi for the third. It was just beautiful to watch, just not if you’re hungover and throwing up in the toilets at half-time. Don’t do it to yourself, ever.
April 5th 2017 – Bournemouth (H)
A disappointing loss of two points for the Reds after a wonderful Merseyside derby victory on the weekend. It was a game that saw a lovely tribute to the 96 who died at Hillsborough 28 years ago prior to the game, but the Reds were denied the three points late in the game by Joshua King.
April 8th 2017 – Stoke City (A)
The third game in seven days for Liverpool. The less said about the first half, the better.
The second half saw the Reds a goal down, but two goals in two minutes from the Brazilian duo secured the three points.
Coutinho and Firmino replaced youngsters Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold, who have done well together this season but Klopp could not see them leading Liverpool to victory this time.
April 16th 2017 – West Bromwich (A)
Another away trip for Liverpool, but another three points. It wasn’t the most exciting of games, I’ll admit, but the importance of any of the remaining games cannot be denied.
Roberto Firmino was the one who won the three points again, scoring in added time of the first half. This time, instead of being assisted by Coutinho he was assisted by his other Brazilian teammate Lucas Leiva.
Liverpool scored from a set-piece. I know, I’m shocked too. But it happened and three points were ours.
April 23rd 2017 – Crystal Palace (H)
Back to Anfield after “what felt like eight weeks” to Jürgen – I agree. This time, to face our ‘bogey’ team. The same team we loaned out defender Mamadou Sakho to, which meant the recently improved Frenchman couldn’t deny us of the three points himself out of revenge. But another former player did it.
Christian Benteke, remember him? He ruined EVERYTHING. Then he made it worse, when he went over to the bench where ineligible Sakho came over to do a celebratory handshake with him. Talk about rubbing salt in our wounds. I’m not going to deny that I’m being bitter about that either, he should show respect for the club he is still a player for, especially at Anfield.
So that’s ten points. Four games left, one has been played at Watford and that was a success.
Let’s hope the Reds don’t let it slip in May.