Barclays Premier League – January 2nd 2008 – Result
Liverpool 1 Wigan 1
Two more dropped points for Liverpool against another team looking for a draw against the Reds. Wigan are now managed by Steve Bruce, who used the same tactics when manager of Birmingham earlier in the season, but this time Liverpool actually managed to make a breakthrough when Torres scored in the 49th minute. However despite a lot of possession the Reds didn’t threaten the Wigan goal anywhere near enough, and it was inevitible that Wigan would hit the Reds with a sucker punch. That came with ten minutes left, and from then it was obvious the home side were not going to get back in front.
Five points from the nine on offer over Christmas isn’t enough, and Liverpool really will struggle now to make a challenge for the title. Despite dropping back into fifth place tonight, if Liverpool won their game in hand they would still only be nine points behind leaders Arsenal. However Arsenal and second-placed Manchester United are more often than not able to break down opponents who arrive intent on getting a single point, Liverpool just don’t quite have the personnel to pull that off. With the new owners no longer waving any cash around it’s unlikely the attacking side of the squad will be improved in this transfer window, and so there will be more matches like today before the season is out. Continue reading Result: Liverpool 1 Wigan 1