Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
While Liverpool Fc have been having a poor run of form of late, Everton currently lie in 14th on sixteen points, only four points behind us in seventh in the table on twenty points.
So its all to play for, a win for either side will see them jump up the table.
Lets hope that the Reds have top marksman Fernando Torres fit to start the game because he will, almost single handedly win the match for us.
Failing that, Alberto Aquilani is surely ready for a start in a Red jersey, a class player who is also a match-winner.
2-1 to the Reds, I hope in this match on Sunday
Thursday, November 26, 2009
When we get our star players fit and playing together in the side then we can beat anybody.
Torres and Gerrard have been out for alot of games and new signing Alberto Aquilani has yet to start a game.
When these three players get on the pitch together, sparks will fly.
With Mascherano holding the midfield together and Aquilani and Gerrard bursting forward and Torres causing havoc upfront, we will go places again.
I would love all three to start against Everton on Sunday.
Its only November, well nearly December, but we have enough time to turn things around.
As long as we can get things right at the back again like last season, we should do well.
That's what I am hoping.
I hear the Van Nistleroy stories are all rubbish.
There is no interest from Liverpool in bringing in the crocked 33 year old Madrid striker to Anfield, thank God for that.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
David Ngog scored the only goal of a poor game on 4 mins to secure only our second win in the group.
However Fiorentina beat Lyon in Italy to go through, as I always thought they would.
So its the Europa League for Liverpool now and we are 6/1 to win it already.
Lets go for it, its silverware and there is TV money and UEFA
monies to come from it.
But the priority is to finish in the top four this season.
It will be tough with Man City, Spurs and Villa all proving to be contenders for that fourth place this season.
If we can steady up the defending, get Aquilani into the team and Torres back for the rest of the season, then I am hopeful we will have a very good second half of the season.
Meanwhile, Ryan Babel ran to The Press today, giving out about Rafa not giving him enough chances in the first team, how he wants to leave in the Transfer Window and how the Liverpool Squad is split into different groups away from match-days.
Ryan Babel, what were you thinking?
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Glen Johnson, Fabio Aurielio, Yossi Benayoun and Albert Riera were all sent to a physiotherapist, Marin Kovacevic, in Belgrade.
There they were given an unusual and highly unorthodox treatment of a cream made from Horse placenta combined with wave-treatment.
The results were astounding.
Benayoun and Riera had been ruled out with hamstring tears for four weeks, yet they were back training two weeks ahead of schedule as were Johnson and Aurelio this week.
This is good news for Rafa as he has an almost fully fit squad available, minus Torres.
The visit of big spenders Man City to Anfield tomorrow is a huge game.
I am hopeful that the team, with Steven Gerrard back, will be good enough to win a tough match and begin our climb up the table.
By the way, I was praising one Frenchman for cheating last week in David Ngog against Birmingham and damning one yesterday , also for cheating Ireland out of the World Cup.
Truth is, there is no place for cheating, in football, or in life.
Leave a comment, if you wish or vote in the poll below.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The FAI have lodged an appeal to FIFA to have the game replayed but it has fallen on deaf ears.
FIFA have invoked their Rule Five which states that any incident that occurs in a football game is decided by the referee and his decision is final.
Henry has himself admitted that he did indeed handle the ball, saying "I'll be honest, it was handball."
Gerard Houllier and other figures in the French FA also agreed it was handball, but they all know that FIFA won't do anything about it.
France are going to The World Cup and brave Ireland are not.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
But when he failed to sign Barry, Robbie Keane was quickly sold "as collateral damage".
That clears that one up then.
I thought Keane was sold because Benitez didn't fancy him as a player.
Meanwhile, Xabi Alonso has admitted that he misses Liverpool but that he is happy at life back in Spain: "Its logical I miss Liverpool I had five happy years there, it was an unforgettable experience and I'll always have the club in my heart."
We badly miss you too Xabi, shame you wanted to leave.
Steven Gerrard has today said that he is very disappointed that the team have been on such a poor run since he has been out injured saying that he feels very frustrated watching injured from the sidelines as the team has been on such a bad run.
Good to know he will be back on Saturday to face Man City.
Finally, good luck to Ireland tonight in their play-off against France, lets hope they do enough to qualify for the World Cup next year.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Speaking to ITV journalists recently, the genial Liverpool boss said: " I have had offers from many clubs over the last three years, but I want to stay at Liverpool because it is a great club and because of the loyalty of the fans towards me."
After finishing 2nd to Man Utd last season with only two defeats in the League and amassing 86 points, it is no surprise that Rafa would have been coveted by Europe's big clubs.
Rafa was obviously feeling the heat when he gave this interview as our season has been poor so far: 11 points behind League leaders Chelsea, out of the Carling Cup and almost out of the Champions League.
He has been repeatedly linked with a return to Real Madrid who have always wanted him to return, one day, to manage the club.
I think Rafa was saying was that if he gets the sack, he has other options in football.
Athletico Madrid are also eyeing him up as they are having a poor season after qualifying for the Champions League last year but they are struggling for form this term.
I say, wait until the end of the season before we reach a verdict on Rafa's achievements, he hasn't suddenly become a bad Manager overnight.
What do you think. Should we let him off back to Spain or should we hang onto him?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
So, after last night's gripping draw at Anfield, all the talk today is about David Ngog taking a dive in the penalty box.
Replays show that the young French Striker did try to con the ref and it worked but I think he went down in anticipation of contact from Carsley.
The fact that the Birmingham player didn't touch him at all has led to universal condemnation of the player.
I don't see what all the fuss is about. Everybody is doing it these days. Its an unfortunate part of the modern game and everybody, sadly, has to live with it.
I say well done young man, you scored a great goal in the first half and won us the penalty to draw the game.
Monday, November 9, 2009
That's because we put in our best performance of the season and we could have and should have won this match.
Liverpool played some really good positive football, mounting wave after wave of attack for the full ninety minutes.
Everybody played well with Glen Johnson causing havoc down the right, young striker David Ngog took his goal very well, Lucas had a good game in midfield alongside Javier Mascherano and Gerrard played well considering he is only just back from a groin injury.
Again, its at the back where the problems continue to lay.
We conceded a soft goal scored by Christian Benitez from a free-kick, then we let Cameron Gerome score with a shot to nothing from 35 yards out.
Skrtel and Agger were playing together in defence for the first time so that might explain those two errors as Jamie Carragher, suspended, watched from the stands.
But the most encouraging thing was the attitude, energy and drive from Liverpool, that was brilliant.
We may currently lie in 7th but if we play like that for the rest of the season, we will be alright.
David Ngog opened the scoring for the Reds with a thunderous volley into the roof of the net on 12mins.
However Birmingham were soon level when Christian Benitez headed a goal from a free kick on 28mins.
Liverpool has 75% of the play and were totally dominating the game.
Albert Riera pulled up with a hamstring injury again and was replaced by Steven Gerrard on 45 mins.
The Blues took a shock lead in first half injury-time through a wonder shot from Cameron Gerome from 35 yards out.
Liverpool came out fighting again in the second half and had numerous chances and shots at goal but it wasn't until the 68min when Ngog won a penalty, he took a dive.
Steven Gerard blasted the ball into the bottom right corner to level the game.
Benayoun then went off with a suspected hamstring injury as well on 77mins to be replaced by Ryan Babel.
Liverpool kept attacking but Birmingham held firm.
Aquilani came on for Lucas late in the game but we couldn't find a way through, despite almost total dominance of the game.
Instead, Tom suggests David Ngog will partner Dirk Kuyt upfront.
Steven Gerrard may be on the bench, that would be welcome news for the Reds.
Possible Team News:
Reina, Johnson, Agger, Skrtel, Insua, Reira, Mascherano, Lucas, Benayoun, Kuyt, Ngog.
Lets hope for a win and a good performance from whatever team runs out at Anfield against Birmingham.
A win would move us back up to 5th in the League.
....That is the Officially confirmed team!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
It is believed that Kenny Dalglish will take temporary charge until the end of the season and O'Neill will be the next Liverpool manager in the summer.
I don't give this story much credence as I believe the board will give Benitez until the summer to judge him.
Another report says that "Barcelona will sign Mascherano in January for £20 million and Liverpool will use the funds to buy a striker to play alongside Fernando Torres".
This is a possibility as the Argentine wanted to join the Catalans in the summer, my gut instinct is that Javier will stay on until the Summer at least.
Tom Hicks has issued a statement this evening saying that "No players will be sold regardless of results. We have significant investor interest and we want to pick high quality partners to invest in the club" however he did add pointedly that he hoped "things would be better on the pitch!"
Watch out Rafa, the knives may be out.
Other reports suggest that Liverpool may raise as much as £250 million in naming rights for the proposed new stadium in advance of the building of the Stanley Park ground.
Nice work if you can get it Christian Purslow.
Finally, Daniel Agger, just back from a spine injury has quipped that "Injuries can't be used as an excuse, we have a big enough squad."
Big squad alright Dan but just a bit short on quality this year.
That is going to need, already qualified, Lyon to beat Fiorentina away, not going to happen.
But then Rafa virtually gave up on winning the League when he said: "I am confident the team will finish in the top four.."
Dear oh dear, its only November and the Boss has hopes only of finishing in the top four.
True, we have lost five games out of eleven already this season and we lie 7th in the table after today's games, but its a bit too early for Benitez, of all people, to be writing off our Title hopes.
There are an awful lot of games to be played between now and the end of the season and while I admit that its going to be very hard to win the Trophy this year, I still live in hope.
Once you give up hope, Rafa, then you have very little to play for.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Latest rumours suggest that fresh capital is finally about to be injected into the club by the hated Hicks and Gillette selling up to 30% of their joint holding to new investors in a hope to raise £100 million for the club.
Some of that money is supposedly for the new stadium, although I doubt that, much of it will go on repaying the debt.
However, it looks like Rafa will be given a significant share to go into the January transfer window and buy some players.
We badly need a quality striker to play upfront and instead of Torres when he is injured, as is the case now.
David Villa, David Silva or Sergio Aguero would do nicely.
We also need to bolster up the midfield with a player like Simao, someone the improving Lucas will never be.
Rumours suggest that Rafa may be sacked by the yanks if things don't improve but Benitez has the full backing of the board. I believe.
He is the right man to lead us out of this crisis and back up near the top of the table again where we belong, aiming for the League.
By the way, the bookies have Liverpool at 6/1 today to win The Europa League and I wrote about it a day before they opened the betting on it.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Rafa has got everything a top-class manager needs, he will be turn it around. The team is good enough to pull through, they were pretty unlucky against Fulham. Every year Rafa has gradually improved Liverpool, every year he has taken them forward."
Yes he has Didi, but now he is in trouble with a run of defeats and a huge injury-list, the man has nowhere to hide.
Its a pity we couldn't have a Hamann back in the side, playing at his peak, then we could go after every trophy and win them.
However, thanks Didi for your calming advice for Liverpool.