The Reds saw off Manchester City with a great all round team performance at Anfield which also saw the first goals for Andy Carroll in a Liverpool shirt.
On a cold damp evening the Reds gave a debut to local lad John Flanagan at right back which mover Carragher inside to partner Skrtel and the youngster can be well proud of his debut as well.
Before the game kicked off there was a minute's silence to remember a number of Reds legends - the 96 who watch over Anfield having never returned from attending the FA Cup semi final in 1989 as well as fallen war hero Burgo from Kirkby where I reside these days and also David Faircloughs wife who died too young as well. Credit to Man City fans for observing the silence as well which was impeccable. The memory of the 96 was served superbly on the pitch as well with a hard working three nil win under Kenny Dalglish.
The Reds attacked the Anfield Road end in the first half and they were out of the blocks well. Before the game you did worry about the quality City had but we more than matched that and got goals at crucial times.
The Reds started the game really well and went straight at City. We just never let them settle down to any kind of play from the off and that ultimately dictated the play.
The Reds created early chances and eventually took the lead after just thirteen minutes and it was Andy Carroll who smashed home the opening goal. Carroll it was who won the ball in midfield and Meireles took on the shot at goal only for it to be easily blocked. The ball fell to Carrol though and he hit a superb shot which just swerved away from Hart and in to the back of the net. A first Liverpool goal for the lad and what a stunning effort as well.
It all got too much for Carlos Tevez and he left the field a few minutes later having pulled up in midfield injured. Mario Balotelli replaced him but he needn't have bothered given his attitude for them.
The Reds were really on the up but City gradually started to play their way in to the game now and as time went on they gradually became the better side, bossing the midfield as I feared they would.
However just as they started to get the upper hand the Reds struck back and after a hand ball shout against a Suarez shot was tuned down Kuyt placed a superb shot beyond Hart in tot he bottom corner and it was two nil.
Anfield was booming now and after one more minute it was three nil when Raul Meireles crossed from the right wing and Andy Carroll rose well to head well beyond Hart in tot he net for a three goal cushion. I can't believe how easy this was proving to be. I;d moved seats for the game - perhaps his should happen more often.
The whole side was working so hard that even the driving rain in to the stands wasn't stopping the fans for this one. The only down side to the half was that half time had to come because City looked lost completely.
The second half proved a little more even overall but City were really struggling to get a grip in tot he game as the Reds continued to work all over the pitch.
In truth we could easily have scored more in the second half given the chances. The stats would suggest otherwise obviously but they wouldn't be a fair reflection on the game as a whole.
Andy Carroll so nearly got a hat-trick near the end of the game whilst Luis Suarez nearly brokr through on a few occasions. City looked more dangerous with David Silva on the pitch as he weaved through our midfield very well but one man couldn't turn this one around and as long as you see City like tonight they won't become big time - however much money they get.
Jose Reina didn't really come under any real pressure in the Reds goal whilst Joe Hart gradually got an easier time as the half wore on but the work rate form the Reds always prevented City from coming back in to it.
MotM : Andy Carroll - his two goals swayed me I guess as Suarez was superb but the longer Carroll played the more he got himself sorted within the side as a whole. Top marks also to John Flanagan who gave a performance I expected of him from my time watching him at the academy. That level is one thing though and the first team is way up on that and he never looked out of place which is great for the future.