Friends of Liverpool FC: December 2009
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Thursday, December 31, 2009

LETS HOPE FOR A HAPPIER NEW YEAR FOR THE REDS


Happy New Year to Reds everywhere!
Lets hope for a great new decade and a season where we finish at least 4th, where we get a few quality players in and we win the FA Cup and the Europa Cup.
Who knows we might even get that new stadium built, even if it is named The Carlsberg Stadium.
Cheers!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

WORK ON NEW STADIUM TO START IN APRIL

Great news today is that work on the new stadium will start in April.
Warren Bradley, a Liverpool City Councillor stated today that: "Liverpool Football Club are very close now to securing the finances", to start the building of the new Anfield at Stanley Park.
"What they have said is that they will secure the finances in the first quarter of the new year.
We have been pressing Liverpool Football Club to ensure that they deliver the new stadium", added Mr. Bradley.
"Liverpool have come back to us and said they are very close to securing the finances for the new stadium."
Good news for all Reds everywhere.
It is so hard to get a ticket for home games, even if you are a fancard/all red member.
However, those dastardly, devious American owners cannot be trusted, so I will believe it when I see it!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

TORRES WINS IT FOR LIVERPOOL


Fernando Torres scored an injury-time winner for Liverpool in the snow at Villa Park tonight.
The game was heading for the a 0-0 draw until the Spaniard latched onto a loose ball in the box to rifle the ball into the corner of the net past Brad Friedal.
Liverpool have now won two games on the trot and are slowly regaining some of last season's form.
We are gradually inching up the table, crucially, we are beginning to keep clean sheets.
It augers well for 2010, keep up the good work Rafa and the team.

AQUILANI KEEPS HIS PLACE


Alberto Aquilani retains his place in the Liverpool team.
Dirk Kuyt also returns in place of Aurelio.
Team: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Agger, Insua, Lucas, Aquilani, Benayoun, Gerrard, Kuyt, Torres.

Monday, December 28, 2009

TIME FOR REVENGE AGAINST VILLA

Following August's defeat at Anfield by Aston Villa, it is time to claim all 3 points at Villa park tomorrow evening.
An own-goal by Lucas followed by a Curtis Davies header was bad enough, that day.
Despite a Fernando Torres goal, Liverpool's misery was complete when Stevie G conceded a penalty and Ashley Young scored to give Martin O'Neill's team a 3-1 victory at our ground.
Villa are 5 points above us in the table in 5th place.
A win tomorrow would bring us just 2 points behind them in the table and crucially, would bring us back into the 'top four' reckoning.
The victory against Wolves was very welcome and Rafa Benitez will be looking to build on that result with another good showing against a very good Villa outfit.
Steven Gerrard got his first goal in 13 matches which is a sign that he is getting back to his best again.
Alberto Aquilani did well on his first Premiership start, he will be hoping to play again in this game.
We will be hoping that El Nino will be able to find the net for us in this game and that the defence keeps a clean sheet against the likes of Carew and company.
We have a very good recent record at Villa Park with 5 wins and 4 draws in our last 9 visits there, so lets hope that record continues and we get a win to push us up the table.

RUBBISH: TORRES IS STAYING PUT


Chris Bascombe wrote in The News Of The World that Fernando Torres will look to leave Liverpool if we don't qualify for the Champions League next season.
Well Chris, much as I respect your integrity and your journalistic prowess, I think you could be wrong on this one.
Yes, Torres has looked a forlorn figure lately.
Hampered by injury, lacking match-fitness and hacked to death by unforgiving defences, he has plainly not been at his very best.
But the notion that he could quit our club at the end of this season is not true.
While there are many wealthier clubs who would gladly snap him up, Torres is simply, not for sale.
The man himself said only the other day: "Its a difficult situation but every top team in the world sometimes goes through a a bad situation like Liverpool now and Liverpool will get over the situation.
The players are the people that have to find a solution. The manager is not playing, so we have to play much better."
Hardly the words of a man wanting to leave the club.
The victory over Wolves was a welcome one, let us hope that we can maintain this form with a win against Martin O'Neill 's Aston Villa on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GILLETT HOUNDED OUT OF LFC BY SOS

George Gillett has had enough of Liverpool and wants out.
The final straw came for him when The Spirit Of Shankly group prevented him and Hicks from entering Anfield the other week.
That blockade was peacefully observed by SOS and it looks like it has achieved real results with the American realising that his time as Liverpool joint-owner is now up.
The Prince o Saudi Arabia, Faisal bin Fahad is coming over to the Wolves game on Boxing day at 5:30.
It is believed that the Saudi is trying to tie up a deal for Gillett's 50% share of Liverpool Football club.
This time, Hicks is not standing in the way of any sale by his partner in our club.
Hicks has no choice, he has no money, the arrogant scumbag.
So the future is up in the air with Liverpool FC, lets hope that something good comes out of Gillett's looming exit.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

TORRES BACKS BELEAGUERED BENITEZ


Welcome news for Liverpool this evening is that star striker, Fernando Torres has come out strongly in support of his manager, Rafa Benitez.
He said: "I think sacking the manager is not a solution. We are the main reason, the players are the people that have to find a solution. The manager is not playing, so we have to play much better."
Nice to see our most prized asset backing the manager and the club, great to see his commitment to the cause is not in doubt, despite our very poor season to date.
"Obviously we need players, but I don't think we have the money to bring in the best players. Its a difficult situation but every top team in the world goes sometimes through a bad situation like Liverpool now and Liverpool will get over the situation."
Well said El Nino, Rafa bought a gem when he signed you, son.



AGGER SHOULD DO HIS TALKING ON THE PITCH


Daniel Agger has been widely quoted on websites today saying things like: "We know it simply isn't good enough for this club" and "Its a question of sticking together."
I agree with alot of his statements but he has to look at his own performance against Portsmouth last Saturday.
He should have scored from Steven Gerrard's free-kick in the first half and was at fault for the second goal when he failed to stop a cross coming in from the left wing.
There is no question that he is a fine defender and his comments are laudable, but I think he needs to sharpen up his own game, as do too many others at our club.
The witch hunt on Rafa has begun in earnest, but I have not lost faith in the manager.
I blame the players, especially the defence for our current problems.
If you can't defend, you don't win matches.
Not a huge shock, but Rafa has no money to spend in January.
He will have to offload his fringe players to raise a few quid.
It looks like a few loan deals will be the only way we can get players in, Babel may go seeing as how David Ngog has shown him how to do it, likewise Voronin and Dossena.
Next up Wolves on Saturday evening, surely we will be able to beat them.




Saturday, December 19, 2009

AT LEAST MAN UTD LOST


After an abject, hapless performance earlier today down at bottom of the table, Portsmouth, the only positive I can take from the day's football is that Man Utd were thumped 3-0 by Fulham with former Red, Danny Murphy opening the scoring.
We won't win title number 19 this season, sadly, so I just hope that Man Ure don't win it this season as they would move ahead of us on the number of Championships won.
God, we are having a nightmare season.
Humiliated in the Champions League, out of the Carling Cup and seventh in the League.
We finished second to Man Utd last season and only lost two games all season.
We have lost seven in the Premier League already this season.
The team is in trouble, the set-up just isn't right we are conceding far too many goals and losing too many games.
The book-makers have Rafa Benitez at 7/1 on to be the next manager to lose his job.
I still believe he should be given until the end of the season before he is judged, he deserves that much time after his achievements at the club.
In any case, who would want to take over a club £230 million in debt and a tiny transfer kitty available?
Stan Collymore has been saying that Rafa has lost the dressing room, I don't believe that for a minute, poor defending has been our problem all season.
Keep a clean sheet and we have half the job done, concede soft goals and you are in trouble.
In any case, the show must go on, next up is Mick McCarthy's Wolves next week, lets hope for a better performance and a win from Liverpool.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

WE WON'T BE PLAYING EVERTON

Well, its official.
"Teams from the same Association will not meet each other in the next round"
That's the verdict from UEFA this evening.
So there will be no Merseyside derby in Europe just yet.
The draw will be made tomorrow to decide who Liverpool will face in the last 32 of the new competition.
We are going in as an unseeded team due to our poor performances in the Champions League this season.
We may face teams like Roma, Valencia, Juventus or Villareal.
These teams will be tough oppositions for Liverpool, given our current form with a general lack of confidence and an inability to keep a clean sheet.
It would be a nice trophy to win as long as we finish in the top four come the end of the season.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

TORRES BUNDLES IN THE SECOND!


Fernando Torres has bundled in Liverpool's second goal on 79 mins after David Ngog had scored in the 9th minute.
Liverpool had looked nervous all through the game and Wigan had several chances to draw level but the game looks to be safe now as we enter the final minutes.
This win will move us up to 6th in the table.
N'Zogbia scores a late goal.
Final Score; Liverpool 2 Wigan 1

ANFIELD NAMED AS HOST CITY FOR 2018


Liverpool football club and the City of Liverpool got a much-needed boost this afternoon when the FA announced that Anfield is to be included as a host venue for its World Cup bid for 2018.
Lord Brian MaWhinney said that either the existing Anfield "with modernisations", or the proposed new stadium are both acceptable to the FA.
This is great news, lets hope it kick-starts the building of the new Stadium by the hated American owners Hicks and Gillette.

Monday, December 14, 2009

WIGAN GAME A CHANCE TO RECOVER


After that soul-destroying to defeat at home to the Gunners which cost me a few quid, we have a chance to return to winning ways against Wigan at Anfield on Wednesday.
What happened to us in the second half today?
We were bossing the game all over the pitch until Glen Johnson put through his own net early in the 2nd half.
Then a cross to Arshavin(scumbag) found Johnson wanting again and we were 2-1 down.
Fair enough, but we had at least half an hour to get a goal back but we never had a shot.
Blame Rafa, if you want, but I don't.
He sent out his strongest team, brought on Aquilani when we went behind and Ngog came on to try and change things.
Either Arsenal were very good or we were very poor.
I guess its a mixture of both, but I was amazed at the lack of energy and penetration by Liverpool in the second half.
It was like they had accepted they were destined to lose from early on.
That's not the Liverpool way, never has been, we fight until the end, every match.
As I say, we have a chance to make amends on Wednesday night against Wigan.
We can and we will beat them, all is not lost.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A GAME OF TWO HALVES


Liverpool lost tamely to Arsenal at home today.
Having put in a superb first-half performance to go in 1-0, thanks to a Dirk Kuyt goal, Liverpool conceded a calamitous own goal by Glen Johnson and shortly afterwards Johnson was beaten to the ball by that fella Arshavin who fired Arsenal into a 2-1 lead.
It was a lead they never looked like losing as Rafa's team never reached the heights of the first-half.
Torres was not sharp and wasn't match fit.
Benitez at least brought on Aquilani but he took off Mascherano who had been playing really well for the Reds.
Instead of a titanic finish we had a lame and insipid end as Liverpool, short on confidence, meekly bowed out, losers of a pivotal match in the season.
Nice to see Xabi Alonso in the crowd, could have done with him on the pitch.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

RESULTS GO OUR WAY TODAY

Good day if you are a Liverpool fan.

Man Utd and Spurs lost while Chelsea and Man City could only draw their games.

It means every side above us lost points today, except Aston Villa.

Chelsea now lead the table on 37 points with Man Utd a further 3 behind on 34.

If we manage to beat Arsenal tomorrow them we will close the gap on Chelsea to ten, Man Utd to 7 and will be level with Spurs on 27 points in fifth.

So come on Rafa and the boys, lets beat Arsene Wengers' Arsenal and push on up the table where we belong.


Friday, December 11, 2009

RAFA LEFT PENNILESS BY THE YANKS AGAIN!

According to Tony Barrett, now working at The Times, Rafa Benitez has had a negative budget to work with for the last few seasons.
The despicable duo still owe Royal Bank Of Scotland £250 million that they borrowed to buy our club to begin with.
To refinance this loan last summer, they had to pay £60 million to the bank upfront.
This money didn't come from these two scumbags, oh no, it came from club revenues such as Champions League money and player sales.
Thanks to Hicks and Gillette, the club has to pay £30 million each year in interest alone!
I wrote about this pair of thieves many times before and it amazes me that they still own Liverpool Football club.
I wish the banks would call in the loans, remove the American parasites and sell the club onto worthy and wealthy owners.
Rafa Benitez spoke sparingly of the clubs position today saying: "We have to accept our situation and then try to do the best in the conditions that we have."
In other words, we are skint and I can't buy anyone, a crazy situation.
"When I signed my five-year contract we knew that we had to work together, so we will try to do our best for the club. Sometimes you can do it.
"One of the priorities this year was to reduce the debt so the club is working hard to do this.
Can we do something in January, we will see, but we are working very hard together."
Rafa, you have earned my respect even more.
I admire you as a manager and as a person, but to turn down Real Madrid again, to stay at Liverpool with very little to spend, in the hope of achieving success at Anfield, well, you have gone up in my estimation.
Keep up the good work Boss, we will get the Yanks out, one day.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

AQUILANI SPEAKS AFTER FULL DEBUT

Alberto Aquilani has spoken after finally starting a game in a Liverpool shirt.
The skillful Italian has spoken to the press and has said:" Its not the season I was expecting when I signed for the club, that's true, I was expecting to play in the Champions League, to find ourselves competing for trophies.
But it is a long season and there is still time for change. It is a difficult time for me to come into the team, but I am here at Liverpool to make a difference, to help the team out of a difficult time
I need to play,play,play because I'm in a new team, I feel fine now, I feel good and I need to work hard in training so I can play against Arsenal on Sunday."
Noble words from the impish Italian and it is certainly true that we have had a tough start to the season thus far, out of the Champions League and Premier League race already, before Christmas, lets hope Rafa has the courage to play him against the Gooners on Sunday.
However, the future now, finally, looks bright with Aquilani showing some great touches in his first full game for the Reds and Fernando Torres back on the pitch and looking sharp.
We play Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday and if those two start along with Gerrard and Carra in the team, I am confident we will win the game and move up the table again.


GOOD PERFORMANCE, BAD RESULT

Well, what do you say about that game?
Liverpool played some neat attacking football prompted by the impressive Aquilani who showed alot of neat touches and was willing to take the ball off the defenders and set up attack after attack, a promising full debut by the Italian in front of the kop.
The Reds played some good football in this match, spraying the ball around very well and dominated the game for long periods.
Liverpool were just playing for pride in this game having been eliminated from the group in the last round of matches due to a late , late goal conceded against Lyon in France, so tonight's match was a chance to give Aquilani his eagerly awaited full debut in a red shirt and he did very well.
Yossi Benayoun got a touch on a Steven Gerrard free-kick on 43 mins to give Liverpool a half-time advantage, however, a goal by Martin Jorgensen on 63mins levelled the game.
Fernando Torres thankfully, came on in the second half and looked lively.
Youngster, Daniel Pacheco replaced the tiring Aquilani on 75 mins and almost scored a goal when his instant shot was saved by the Fiorentina keeper.
Liverpool poured forward in search of the winner but Fiorentina scored a goal they did not deserve in injury-time through a Gilardino goal on 92mins
A disappointing end to a good display by the Reds.
They deserved more from the game than an injury-time defeat.
We have Arsenal on Sunday and if we play like that again, with Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson and Pepe Reina back in the team, then we have a good chance of winning and moving up the table.
By the way Mr Souness, it is not a meltdown at the club as you said on Sky tv tonight, remember the mid-table shambles you caused at the club when you tried to be a football manager?
Half-empty Anfield because you didn't have a clue how to manage Liverpool FC, great player Souey, bad manager and bad pundit.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

KERRISON TO MOVE TO ANFIELD

Brazilian striker Kerrison could be on his way to Anfield in January according to reports.The 21 year old Barcelona player is currently on loan at Benifica but is finding it difficult to break into that side.
Liverpool tried to sign him in the Summer but he chose to join the Catalans in a £12 million deal.
Now an opportunity has arisen to land the striker on loan to give a badly needed boost to our forwards.
The highly promising player could be just what Liverpool need.

Lets hope that Rafa does the need full in the transfer window and signs a quality striker to back up an injury plagued Fernando Torres.

Monday, December 7, 2009

BABEL NEVER SPOKE TO THE SUN



Injured Dutchman Ryan Babel has today come out and rubbished claims made by that newspaper, The Sun that he had given them an interview some weeks back ahead of the away win against Debrecen.

Babel told Liverpoolfc.tv: " I was very disappointed when it came out because I never gave an interview here in England, I never gave an interview to The Sun."

"The funniest thing they published was that I am not friends with Dirk Kuyt. Com on! Dirk will tell you how our relationship is. The Sun, I wouldn't talk to The Sun"

As far as his time at Liverpool is going, Babel had this to say: "For every player, its nice to go to the World Cup and as far as I am concerned, the way to do that is to fight for my place at Anfield, definitely."

Well done Ryan, glad to see you finally come out and quash that 'story' in "The Sun."

Its nice to also see you show your desire to succeed at Anfield.



Sunday, December 6, 2009

EVERTON DRAW WITH SPURS TO KEEP US IN TOUCH


Everton came back from 2-0 down to draw at Goodison Park 2-2.

The result means Harry's Hotspurs stay in 4th on 27 points.

We currently lie in seventh on 24 points, three points outside the top four with Aston Villa and Man City ahead of us in fifth and sixth.

So, it ain't all bad, we are in touching distance of the top four despite being without Torres for ages now.

With him back in the side, alongside Aquilani (I hope), we can and will beat any of those teams above us over the remainder of the season, starting with a win against Arsenal next Sunday.
Rafa Benitez has said that Aquilani will start in the Champions League dead rubber against Fiorentina on Wednesday night, while Torres will take his place on the bench.
Great news for all Reds who want to see a quality player in the team, a player who has an eye for a killer pass and scores a few himself.
I cant wait to finally see him get a game, he is the missing piece of the jigsaw for me.
The papers have reported that Liverpool have opened talks with Javier Mascherano and Pepe Reina about new, improved contracts.
Good news if it means Masch is turning his back on a £30 million move to Barcelona.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

DISAPPOINTING BUT PREDICTABLE RESULT AT BLACKBURN

Liverpool could only manage a 0-0 draw at Ewood park against battling Blackburn Rovers today.
In a dour first half, neither side had a clear shot on goal as defence was the order of the day for both teams.
Liverpool started the second half much the brighter and attacked the home side with much more drive and purpose.
The Reds best chance fell to sub David Ngog who crashed a shot against the crossbar from a great run and cross from Glen Johnson, with Paul Robinson well beaten.
The biggest talking point after the game was why Aquilani was left on the bench yet again?
Benitez chose to bring on youngster Nabil El Zhar instead, he hasn't kicked a ball since the pre-season tour of Thailand.
What is Rafa afraid of?
Why pay £20 million for a player if you wont take a chance and play him.
His creative passing and shooting skills were exactly what this Liverpool team needed today.
Granted, it was a tough, tight,and physical game, would Aquilani have thrived in those circumstances, I dunno, but you have to throw him in sometime.
However, on the bright side, we kept a clean sheet again, are unbeaten for the 6th game in a row and we seem to be moving in the right direction.
When Benitez finally plays Aquilani with Torres and Gerrard, we can beat anybody in the Premiership and Europe.

LIVERPOOL LOOK TO EXTEND UNBEATEN RUN AGAINST BLACKBURN


Liverpool face tough opposition in dogged Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park tomorrow afternoon.
Rovers have only lost twice at home in 11 months under Big Sam.
The man may only be in the stands to watch this one, but his deputy, Neill McDonald, guided the side to four points from three games and then a famous Carling Cup victory against Chelsea on penalties on Wednesday.
So a stiff challenge lays ahead for Rafa's team.
Fernando Torres was deemed unfit to make the squad after his hernia problem so it looks like the up and coming, David Ngog will continue as the main striker.
Steven Gerrard will make his 500 appearance in a Red jersey tomorrow, well done young man, lets hope you cap it with a goal.
The 15 Premier Meetings between the two sides have produced 5 Blackburn wins, 5 Liverpool wins and 5 draws.
Lets hope Liverpool can win by the odd goal in three tomorrow to move into 4th in the table.
Maybe Aquilani will get a run-out in the second half.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

IS VAN NISTELROOY COMING TO ANFIELD?

Rumours persist that Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistlelrooy is heading out of Spain and may be on his way to Liverpool.
The former Man Utd striker, now 33, has said to his advisers that he wants to move to Anfield as back-up to injury hit Fernando Torres.
Despite his age, he would be the perfect back-up to Torres as his goal scoring record is second to none.
The Dutchman is way down the pecking order at the Bernabeu with the arrival of Ronaldo, Benzema and Kaka and the established Raul and Higuain.
It is unclear if Rafa Benitez wishes to bring the striker to Anfield, although he is planning to offload Ryan Babel, Andre Dossena and Andri Voronin in the Transfer Window.
The resulting cash revenue would allow the Liverpool Supremo to make a quality purchase for the team.
Will he go for the former Man Utd striker, just to rub Alex Ferguson's red nose in it?
I would love it if he did.
What do you think? Should Benitez bring the Dutchman back to the Premiership or should he let him wallow in the Real reserves?
I don't get too much feedback off you lately lads so please let me know what you think by leaving a comment, reaction or a vote, if you wish.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

TORRES BACK IN FULL TRAINING


Great news coming out of The Guardian is that Fernando Torres has resumed full training with the rest of the squad.
The talismatic Liverpool striker has been out for 4 weeks with a hernia, picked up on duty with Spain in a friendly match two months ago.
In that time Liverpool have missed his firepower greatly.
The player himself has been dogged by various injuries, usually picked up during International matches.
It is believed that El Nino may well be available for Saturday's game against Blackburn Rovers.
Although Rafa's cautious approach may not see him start the game, he may have to settle for a place on the bench.
Great to have him back, now lets push on towards the top of the table, starting with a win against Blackburn's finest.

RAFA ULTRA-CAUTIOUS WITH AQUILANI


When is Rafa going to play our newest signing Alberto Aquilani?
The guy cost between £17 and £20 million from Roma.
He arrived at Anfield as an injured player, his ankle being the problem.
That meant he had to spend a while in the treatment room with the physios at Melwood as he underwent prolonged rehab and fitness courses.
The 25 year old has been fit and available for selection for the past month however, but he has only made two cameo appearances from the bench since he recovered from his knocks.
Rafa Benitez has been very reluctant to use the man since his recovery from injury.
He seems to be wrapping the lad in cotton wool.
"It has not been easy to play him, but we are giving him more encouragement in training sessions and he is getting much, much better" said Rafa.
The team is crying out for a passing, goal-scoring midfielder like Aquilani so I hope Benitez uses him sooner rather than later.
If not against Blackburn at the weekend, then he should start in the game against Fiorentina in the dead rubber in the Champions League next Wednesday.
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