Until we reached the Carling Cup final, so much had been made about us not having been to Wembley in so long, and now here we are, on our way to Wembley for the third time in the space of as many months. Let’s hope that when we do play at Wembley for the third time, the fans remember who put us there with his header in the 86th minute.
Games like these are usually decided by the odd mistake, so when early in the first half Agger and Carragher contrived to mess up a clearance so badly allowing Jelavic to score there was always the slight worry that that could be it. However, thankfully with it being early on in the game it did give plenty of time for Liverpool to find an equaliser and then maybe go on to win it.
It just so happened that another mistake would like to the equaliser, with a woefully short back pass allowing Suarez to race onto the ball, bring it inside the box and poke it into the bottom corner under pressure from a defender and with the on rushing keeper closing in on him.
The game then looked to be heading into extra time, but with 86 minutes on the clock, Liverpool won a freekick, which found Andy Carroll. His header was judged perfectly, and found the back of the net. Liverpool just had to hold on for 4 more minutes and they would be in the FA Cup Final. That’s now two winners in two games that he’s scored. Amazing what happens when you give a player the opportunity to prove himself, instead of benching him every other game.
What was even more impressive was that for the most part the semi final was played in good spirits. A fitting game to remember the 96 that lost their lives 23 years ago.