Magnificent Liverpool FC Show Why They Should Never Be Written Off

Karen PatelCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2008

Liverpool finally ended their jinx today against Manchester United...and a victory over their bitter rivals has never been more deserved.

The Reds played the whole 90 minutes at full-throttle, hardly giving United a sniff of the ball and creating opportunities left, right, and centre in a 2-1 victory Saturday.

Written off by pundits and fans alike in light of the absence of the influential Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, the home side were the underdogs from the off.

A rout seemed to be on the cards for United, too, when Carlos Tevez struck in the third minute.

Manager Rafa Benitez's men were having none of it, though, and clawed their way back into the game thanks to an own goal by Wes Brown.

From then on, Liverpool pressed and were the first to every loose ball. Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes were anonymous as Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano bossed the midfield.

Debutant Albert Riera shone with his skill, determination, and willingness to hug the left flank, something supporters have been crying out for since last season. He received a standing ovation from the Kop when he was substituted midway through the second half.

Super sub Ryan Babel struck 13 minutes from time after great work from Dirk Kuyt, and Anfield erupted.

Every single Liverpool player on that pitch were worthy of wearing the red shirt, and it was plain to see that they wanted the win more than their opponents. Their courage is the epitome of Liverpool Football Club, and it proves why we fans have seen so many famous victories when the odds were stacked against our team.

All of the players deserve a pat on the back, but it is also important to carry such will to win into future league games. If they play more games like today, there is no reason why Steven Gerrard shouldn't be lifting that elusive Premership trophy at the end of the season.

Of course it is still early days, and there is no denying that United remain the top team in the Premiership; still, today's performance should send out a resounding message to all the doubters: Write Liverpool off at your own peril.