Liverpool 2 – 1 Middlesbrough

This season has started off with a lot of drama.  After last week’s late win at Sunderland, you’d think the Reds were due for a yawner, a nice 3-0 thrashing of Boro.

That wasn’t the case.

A 70th-minute stunner by Mido put Boro ahead 1-0, and Liverpool appeared to be likely to headed to defeat.  But a 85th-minute equalizer by Jamie Carragher (Ed: did you say Carragher? Yes.) brought the Kop to their feet, and then a superb bit of play led to a 94th-minute winner by (who else?) Steven Gerrard.

Gerrard had spent most of the game looking lethargic, and the announcers had even described him as “lazy” at one point. Yet, when it came time to shine, Gerrard was right there, and that right foot of his is a beastly menace for opposing keepers to deal with.  It didn’t help that Boro’s #1, Brad Jones, was out due to a dislocated finger, leaving Ross Turnbull to handle things in goal.

Other notes:

  • I didn’t realize that Boro hadn’t won at Anfield since 1976.  I’ve barely been alive that long.
  • Torres had a chance to break a nearly 50 year old record if he would have scored.  The record is for most consecutive home fixtures with a goal, and Torrest is currently tied with Roger Hunt at eight in a row.  I’m guessing that he’ll take the W.
  • I had mixed feelings about Robbie Keane coming on board, but I think now he’ll be a good pickup.  Keane has a positive, aggressive nose for goal.  I think the pairing of Torres and Keane will pay dividends, at long as the midfielders pick up their passing accuracy a bit.

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