Watching Liverpool come back from a two goal deficit and win against Man City, one wondered where the much heralded Brazilian trio that rule the midfield and the attack disappeared. By the 85th minute they were all gone with Martin Petrov replacing Elano. But they were figuratively missing from this match too. What I do remember of them is not particularly edifying.
Robinho flashed a cross from SWP over the goal. I also remember Robinho flopping on the ground after handling the ball, pretending he had been fouled. Jo lying on his back after Skertel inadvertently hit him on the side trying to clear a ball. Other than an occasional camera pan onto his stoic face, Elano did not remind anyone that he was on the field.
Full marks to Liverpool. They never lost faith. Torres being a beast at the box helped immensely. His equalizing header was sweetly timed. Dirk Kuyt broke his goal scoring drought scoring the winner.
Also full marks to Peter Walton, one of the more circumspect referees in the FA who officiated impeccably. His red carding of Pablo Zabaleyta was spot as shown in the replays. It was a dangerous two footed tackle on Alonso.