Liverpool Do It The Hard Way Once Again

Barney CorkhillSenior Writer IFebruary 7, 2009

If there is one thing Liverpool fans are unable to accuse their team of, it's being dull.

Be it Rafa Benitez making headlines for all the wrong reasons or another remarkable comeback, you are never sure of what is going to happen next, as a Liverpool fan.

The latter of these narrowly avoided the former today as Liverpool produced another late show to bag all three points, again showing the type of resilience needed to win the title.

The match which put the Reds back at the summit of the Premier League Mountain, so nearly had the media claiming that their season was over.

Benitez's questionable team selection raised a lot of eyebrows, as he produced a team without Xabi Alonso, Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres, including players who had only scored five league goals between them all season.

As expected, goals weren't free-flowing, and the likes of David N'Gog, Yossi Benayoun and Ryan Babel, who was responsible for surely the miss of the season, struggled to make the Portsmouth defence work at all.

Enter Dirk Kuyt and Fernando Torres.

Benitez brought them both on and showed that resting his top players can work, as Kuyt levelled the sides before, in stoppage time, Torres repeated his heroics of last Sunday to snatch all three points for Liverpool.

The result sends Liverpool back to the top of the table, and heaps the pressure back onto Manchester United, who now needs to beat West Ham tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Chelsea suffered another setback as Hull claimed a historic draw against Scolari's men.

Perhaps, the most worrying thing for those who support Chelsea is that Hull could have easily won the match, although Chelsea can also claim a few chances of their own, notably John Terry missing from three yards out, a miss that would rival Ryan Babel's.

Chelsea now sit in fourth place, a whole five points behind the league leaders Liverpool, and they could be seven points off the top by this time tomorrow.

It is looking increasingly like it could be a two horse race for the title, but Chelsea has a fight on their hands to even stay in the top three now with Aston Villa performing so well.

The ball is now in United's court, but it was a case of a job well done for Liverpool today, even if they did it the hard way.