Yes folks, its end of season match-time and we play TottenhamHotspur at Anfield to hopefully get a win, three points and a close second place to Utd.
Make no mistake, we have been good this season, we might end up being only one point behind the winners come the end of the season.
I wish to God we had beaten Hull, Stoke and Middlesboro, if we had we would be Champions this year, alas, it wasn't to be this time.
What we have done is laid the foundations for a full on title assault next year. As long as we keep hold of Xabi Alonso and buy a couple of quality players to boost fullback and attack then we will be in a great position to win the Premiership at last.
So a comfortable 2-0 win in the end, despite not playing at our best, which was understandable given that we can't now win the League.
A Steven Gerrard opener settled the team down into the familiar possession and good passing that is the hallmark of this Liverpool team.
West Bromwich Albion were fighting for their Premiership lives so they gave it everything they had without really troubling the Reds a great deal.
A second goal after half-time by Dirk Kuyt was the highlight of the match, taking on the home defence before unleashing an unstoppable shot in the bottom right-hand corner of Irishman Dean Kiely's goal.
Thereafter it was keep ball for the most part by Rafa's men, although the home team had a goal rightly ruled out for offside, they always looked second best.
An amazing outburst by Jamie Carragher on Arbeloa late on for some poor marking almost came to blows only for Xabi Alonso to step in and diffuse the situation, guess Jamie's high standards are not being met by some in the side.
Next up TottenhamHotspur at Anfield, I really want to win that won especially as they have beaten us twice this season.
We need to play alot better than we did today and I just hope Robbie Keane doesn't score!
So that's it. The scum have won it again, they scraped home with a 0-0 draw against Arsenal to get their 18th title, the bloody same amount as us. We were always up against it after a disastrous run of draws in January and although we have been playing some great football since then, beating all around us, it just wasn't enough to overtake the Mancs. However, all is not lost for Liverpool. We have had a good season, we will finish second if we beat West Brom tomorrow, ahead of both Chelsea and Arsenal and that's no mean achievement. We have only lost two games all season, compared to Utd's four. We did the double over them, Chelsea (and Real Madrid in the Champions League). We are the only undefeated team in the matches between the top four and we are the Premiership's top scorers so far. We did all this without Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres, through injury, for a large part of the season. If we win our last two games against West Brom and TottenhamHotspur( they are due a hiding from us)then we will finish on our highest ever points total in the Premiership of 86 points, surpassing our previous best of 81 in 2002 when we came second to Arsenal, under Gerard Houllier. So all in all, a good season where we came mighty close to winning number nineteen. By the way Editor, thanks for your comment!
Latest news is that Xabi Alonso is to be sold in the summer to wealthy Manchester City for 18 million! According to Chris Bascombe in the News of the World, Alonso is to be sold to City to raise the money to finally bring Gareth Barry to Anfield. I, for one, would be appalled if this were to happen as I think the Spanish play-maker has been instrumental to Liverpool's title challenge this season. He is the fulcrum of every Liverpool attack, spraying the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, always finding a team-mate in a good position. Anytime I have ever watched Aston Villa play this season, I have struggled to notice Gareth Barry in the team. He doesn't get on the ball or dominate teams often enough for me. I would buy him as a left-sided midfielder who could act as cover for Mascherano or Alonso, but not as a replacement for Xabi. I hope the papers have got it wrong and Alonso stays at Liverpool.
Two goals from captain Steven Gerrard and a late strike from sub Ryan Babel gave Liverpool all three points against West Ham this evening.
The Reds got off to the perfect start when Fernando Torres slid a perfect ball to Gerrard to score after two minutes.
Thereafter, Liverpool strolled through the game , keeping possession well as the Hammers struggled to get into the game.
When Louis Boa-Morte pulled back Torres in the box Gerrard stepped up to take the penalty, it was saved well by Robert Green, but the ball fell kindly for the captain to turn the ball home for a two-nil lead at half-time.
The second-half was comfortable for the Reds as they contained any threat West Ham could throw at them until Jamie Carraghermiss-kicked a ball which Di Michele ran onto and with only Pepe Reina to beat, he fell over and the chance went a begging.
Ryan Babel came on for a subdued Fernando Torres and he put the game to bed late on when he drove home the ball from his saved header by Green.
So Liverpool go back on top off the table tonight, level on points with the hated Man Utd, who play Manchester City tomorrow.
Lets hope City do us a favour in that game, come on the real Reds!
Liverpool made light work of todays game against Alan Shearer's struggling Newcastle United at Anfield this afternoon.
Needing a win to claw back Manchester United's 6 point lead, the Reds were soon in front thanks to a goal from, in-form, YossiBenayoun.
Dirk Kuyt then headed home a returning Steven Gerard corner.
Liverpool totally dominated the match and shots were raining in from all over the pitch.
The second half was more of the same with Xabi Alonso hitting the crossbar for the second time in the match.
Rafa's team had all the play and they should have been further in front until, late on in this one-sided game, Aurelio whipped in a good free-kick and substitute Lucas Leiva headed the ball home for Liverpool's third of the match.
Bad boy Joey Barton had earlier been sent off for a nasty foul on Xabi Alonso who was stretchered off, I hope he isn't too badly hurt.
Mascherano also had to limp off having gone over on his ankle.
But, injuries apart, this was another good day at the office for Rafa and Liverpool. Lets hope Arsenal knock Utd out of Europe on Tuesday and then Man City beat them next Saturday in the league. I'm still hoping we can win the league!
Pressure? What pressure? So Utd beat struggling Boro to go six clear at the top and Chelski beat Fulham to go equal on points with us in second. All of which means we have to beat Newcastle at Anfield tomorrow lunchtime. This was always the scenario whatever way today's results panned out so lets beat the Magpies to keep pressure on purple-nosed Ferguson and to keep the goose off our backs. For some reason, I am worried about playing Newcastle tomorrow. I have a feeling they will be throwing everything at us, as they have to in order to avoid the drop. Hull are in the same position and they gave us a hell of a game last Saturday so I expect the same from Alan Shearer's side tomorrow afternoon. I believe Torres' hamstring injury has struck again so he may not be involved which will be a big loss, but with Steven Gerrard due back from a groin injury, lets hope we have enough firepower to beat Newcastle and narrow the gap on Utd to three points again.