Tuesday, April 26, 2011

EPL: Battle for Fourth Place is ON!

Liverpool turned on the heat in the weekend when they trounced hapless Birmingham 5-0. Here' part of the report below:

Liverpool boss Dalglish salutes hat-trick hero Rodriguez

MAXI-mum damage caused to Birmingham

LIVERPOOL: Liverpool manager Kenny Dal­glish saluted Maxi Rodriguez after his hat-trick helped Liverpool to a 5-0 victory against Birmingham at Anfield on Saturday.

Rodriguez’s impressive early opener was followed by Dirk Kuyt’s seventh goal in his past six Premier League games to set Liverpool on their way.

The Argentina midfielder completed his treble with two fine finishes after the break and there was a late fifth from Joe Cole.

Liverpool remain sixth, four points behind fourth placed Manchester City, and this encounter added further weight to the idea that Dalglish can return the Reds to the summit of the English game.
Dalglish only has the Liverpool job until the end of the season but it seems a matter of time until he is re-appointed as the Reds manager on a full-time basis, not that he is willing to discuss the matter at the moment.
Following the interval, Rodriguez volleyed home the Reds’ third and his second goal.
Rodriguez’s amazing afternoon was not finished there either as he then grabbed the match ball as Birmingham fell to pieces at the back. — AFP

Read the full report here.

If Liverpool can stay steady, and Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs continue to stumble, there is a small glimmer of hope that the Reds can steal a few more points to catch up. With some added luck, and with Suarez, Carroll and Maxi hitting top form, maybe a Champions League place might be possible.  Whatever the case, there are only 5-6 games left to play... So the battle for 4th place is definitely heating up! The upcoming game between Liverpool and Spurs will be a war!