February. Another month gone, another three games played. Three points out of nine.
2017 is not our year. It has been unkind to us and as we reach the third month, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.
February 4th 2017 – Hull (A)
Following a terrible January, the Reds travelled to Hull looking to come back with three points. Sadio Mané returned from AFCON and almost scored on his return to show us what we were missing for an entire month, but he was denied, as was his teammate Philippe Coutinho. Alfred N’Diaye and Oumar Niasse sealed the Reds’ fate and took the three points. Overall, an awful game. Add on top of that three and a half hours travelling each way and a nasty virus and you’ve got yourself possibly the worst day of your life.
February 11th 2017 – Tottenham Hotspur (H)
Oh here we go, that’s more like it! The Reds doing what the Reds do best, going from bad to worse to incredible against a top-six rival. It was the Senegalese man himself, Sadio Mané sealed the deal with two goals in quick succession in the first half and marked the Reds’ first league win of 2017. The team was great, the fans were just as great and life was great.
February 27th 2017 – Leicester City (A)
And this is where it goes wrong. Again. The Reds’ fifth league defeat of the season against last season’s champions who are now fighting to stay out of the relegation zone. They had just sacked their manager, Claudio Ranieri, and of course it was us they played next. The curse of the sacked manager. It came as no surprise to me that Jamie Vardy, one of those named to have spoken to the club’s owners about Ranieri prior to his sacking, was suddenly good again. It’s as if a switch was off, and suddenly it was switched on. He contributed two goals, with Danny Drinkwater providing the other. It was a terrible game, painful to watch. Coutinho bagged himself a goal but Leicester were on top form.
As it stands in February
The Reds ended February in fifth place and will be hoping for a much better month in March, with all focus on the Arsenal game. It is difficult to say whether top four is likely, with our inconsistent form and tendency to make up the points against bigger teams, but it’s not over yet. 12 games still to be played, Champions League football is a must.