Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
The out-spoken manager of Blackburn Rovers has been at it again, saying that Liverpool have become as physical as his old Bolton side were.
Absolute Rubbish. Liverpool have not resorted to the prehistoric football that Allardyce makes his teams play and we never will.
He then claimed that Rafa had sent Referee Keith Hackett a DVD of Bolton's rough tactics before a match two seasons ago, maybe he did.
Good man Rafa if you tried to expose big Sam's nasty brand of football.
There is no love lost between the two managers as we all know.
I don't have much time time for the Blackburn manager and I dearly hope that we give his side a thrashing at Anfield tomorrow.
Man City's surprise win at Chelsea today has made it imperative that we keep on their tails by beating 'Big Sam's' Blackburn tomorrow.
I am sure we will, Ryan babel has found a bit of form, Stevie G got a goal too mid-week and Torres waits in the wings should we need the guy.
Prediction: Liverpool 3 Blackburn 1.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The French side got past Fenerbahce 3-2 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw in Istanbul.
Turkish teams are notoriously difficult to beat, they don't usually travel well, but with their intimidating home support at home, they often get the results they need.
So, a 1-1 draw in Istanbul is a fine result by the
French side, who lie third in the French League, they will be no pushovers, that's for sure.
We played pretty well against Unirea tonight, despite going behind early on, we scored some good goals through Mascherano, Babel and Steven Gerrard to go through comfortably in the end.
The first leg against Lille will be played in France on Thursday, 11th March.
Next up for the Reds is Blackburn Rovers in the Premiership on Sunday at 3pm.
Goals by Mascherano with a pile-driver followed by a deft touch and finish by Ryan Babel gave the Reds a 2-1 lead at half time.
Liverpool went further ahead with a Steven Gerrard shot in the box, which the Unirea Keeper failed to deal with to leave it Liverpool 3-1 up and 4-1 ahead on aggregate and at Full Time it ends Liverpool 3-1 winners against Unirea.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
I asked him "Whats wrong?"
He muttered words to the effect that we had blown our chances last season of winning the League and that we would struggle to repeat the feat this year.
"Not at all", I said.
"We will go on and win the Premiership this year!"
The wise shop assistant slowly shook his head as he took my few quid and I walked away, DVD in hand and new doubts in my mind.
Was it a great opportunity missed last season, or would we go one better this year.
Well, its February 2010 and I guess we all know the answer to that.
Out of The Champion's League, The Carling Cup, The FA Cup and struggling to finish fourth in The Premier League.
It has been a disastrous season for Liverpool FC.
I am still in support of the manager and I believe/hope we can finish fourth despite intense competition from Villa, Spurs and City who have all spent more money than us in the recent past.
These clubs have all progressed while we have stood still thanks to our pathetic owners.
While they put the club £237 million in debt, other clubs have marched on around us.
The sooner Hicks and Gillette are kicked out the better.
Having a manager like Rafa Benitez to do the best with what we have is our best option.
He is the best man to manage our limited resources and our team.
The guy in Tesco's was right to shake his head at it all.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Make no mistake, fourth place is at stake here.
Whoever wins this game will be fourth in The Premier League and may very well stay there.
As it stands, the Blues are a solitary point ahead of us in fourth right now, a win will put them four points clear of us, still with a game in hand.
However, a win for Liverpool will put us two points above them again.
After last night's laboured win in the Europa League against Unirea, Rafa and his team are now focused on Sunday's crucial match and he said today in his press conference that Liverpool will be going all out for a win.
Truth is we really need to win this game, whereas Mancini's men would be quite happy with a draw.
Carlos Teves is unavailable due to family matters while Patrick Viera is banned for a kick in the goulies to Stoke's Glenn Whelan.
However they have Adebyor and former Red, Craig Bellamy to bring in.
But Mancini, being Italian, is a typically cautious coach. He has played with three defensive midfielders lately and will likely do the same against Liverpool on Sunday.
He will hope to stop Liverpool gaining control in midfield as we like to do and he will try to sneak a goal through Bellamy and Shaun Wright Phillips on the wings.
It will be a very tough game for us, but I am hoping for a win with that great man Gerrard to be back among the goals.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
STEVEN GERRARD has long been Liverpool's saviour.
Who will ever forget the way he inspired his team's astonishing second-half comeback in their glorious Champions League final triumph against AC Milan in 2005?
Or his sizzling, last-gasp, so-yard strike that denied West Ham victory in the FA Cup final 12 months later?
Rarely has a player in football history been solely responsible for saving his club on so many occasions. Gerrard's shoulders and back must be aching, given the number of times he has carried Liverpool down the years.
Yet I fear the only way he may now be able to save the club he joined as a nine-year-old lad is by... and whisper it quietly in the red half of Merseyside... leaving Anfield.
I realise this will not be the consensus on the Kop, where their captain is rightly revered for the accomplishments and the loyalty he has shown his hometown club in the 12 years since he made his first-team debut.
And I am not advocating that he should jump what, this season, has turned out to be a sinking ship.
I just recognise selling Gerrard may be a viable way to get Liverpool out of the mess in which they currently find themselves.
Out of the Premier League title race, out of the Champions League, out of the FA Cup and out of the Carling Cup, Rafa Benitez's team are currently sixth in the table and face a desperate scrap even to finish in the top four this time around.
y$ A squad which does not score enough goals and relies too heavily on its two
talismen, Gerrard and Fernando Torres, is in clear need of an overhaul.
You might think it bizarre, then, to consider getting rid of one the best players of this or any other team.
And I agree that, not so long ago, the idea of selling Gerrard would have been unthinkable.
But these are drastic times at Anfield - and drastic times call for drastic measures.
The squad undoubtedly needs to be improved. Yet, as I have said before, the club under Tom Hicks and George Gillett appears to be in a financial straitjacket restricting their movement in the transfer market and consequently their capability to challenge for honours.
Liverpool and their American owners are in a Catch 22 situation. They need to sign new players but, seemingly, do not have the funds to do so. Cashing in on the captain could be the stark solution to the problem.
It would not go down well with Liverpool supporters and I know it would cause uproar in the short term.
Long term, though, it might turn out to be the best thing for the club -provided the transfer fee went direct to squad strengthening and not towards wiping off any debts.
The £4Om, £50111 or even £6om received for Gerrard could fund three or four good signings and be the catalyst for a bright new era at Anfield.
It could help build a new team with more than two key players in its line-up. The heavy load of the Kop's expectation would be spread more evenly across the side.
Liverpool could have a new direction, new tactics. Goals could come from elsewhere on the field.
A move could also prove to be beneficial to Gerrard.
He has always performed tremendously for Liverpool and has set high standards.
But it must be tough when you are expected to be superhuman every time that you take the field.
I am sure he is as frustrated as anybody by his club's season.
He almost left for Chelsea six years ago. Yet his conscience and love for Liverpool got the better of him and made him stay at Anfield.
He has made no secret of the fact he is desperate to add the Premier League trophy to the Champions League, FA Cup and other gongs he has won in his career.
With his milestone soth birthday approaching in May, I wonder if, after taking stock of his club's season, he may decide to depart this summer.
Much will depend, I am sure, on where his club finish this term and on the World Cup, where he will have an important role to play for England.
If he does leave Liverpool, it will not be the end of the world for the Kop - just maybe the start of a brave new one.
In our first outing in the Europa League, Liverpool totally dominated the game without getting the goals they deserved.
Steven Gerrard should have had a hat-trick but his shots and header were narrowly wide of the goal on each occasion.
Unirea came to Anfield to defend and not to conceed a goal and their game-plan seemed to be working as the clock counted down in the 2nd half.
Rafa brought on youngster Danny Pacheco for the ineffective Aquilani and Babel for the hopeless Riera and it payed dividends when Babel's cross from the left was headed down by Pacheco in the box or Ngog to gleefully head home for the only goal of the game.
So our first outing in the revamped UEFA Cup/Europa League has begun with a victory.
While it was less than convincing, it a win and a lead to take into the 2nd leg in Romania next Thursday.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Tony Pulis's side were down to ten men when Abdoulaye Faye was sent off.
However, Glenn Whelan gave Stoke the lead on 62mins.
Gareth Barry then equalised with 5 minutes left on the clock.
Stoke then had the ball in the net through Ryan Shawcross but the goal was wrongly cancelled out by ref Alan Wiley for a push on goalkeeper Shay Given, he took a dive.
The draw means Man City move above us into fourth but, with a point between us, we have a great chance to overtake them on Sunday with a win.
We have nothing to fear from mega rich-City on Sunday.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
It seems that Serbian striker Milan Jovanovic has signed a contract with Liverpool to join them in the Summer on a 3 year deal worth £3 million a year to the Standard Leige forward.
His agent said that the player had talks with Rafa Benitez about Liverpool's future and was very impressed by what he had to say.
So much so that it is believed he has put pen to paper on a deal with the Reds to join us in the Summer.
Lets hope that this rumour is true and that we have signed the player as he looks to be the real deal.
Man City beat lowly Bolton 2-0 at home to go level on points with Liverpool in the League, however they are only in 5th as we have a superior goal difference, so we remain in 4th place.
That makes tomorrow night's game against Arsenal all the more important.
We have not won at Highbury or the Emirates in the league in ten seasons so tomorrow is the night when we will look to put that right.
Arsenal are looking a bit shaky right now having lost to Man Utd and Chelsea in their last couple of games.
Liverpool have put together a good run of results since Christmas to climb back up to fourth and a win tomorrow night would put us just two points behind Wenger's team and breathing down their necks in the hunt for third place.
The Times claimed this morning that two different wealthy Businessmen were looking to buy a stake in our club, the men later denied the claims, so I won't add anything to that story, for now.
**NEWSFLASH**Meanwhile, Serbian striker, Milan Jovanovic may be on his way to Anfield, after all.
He is reported to have signed a 3 year deal tonight worth £3 million a year.
His agent claimed that the player had talks with Rafa and is said to impressed with the manager's plans so much so that he is willing to join Liverpool in the summer, good move lad.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Liverpool played the game with just ten men for nearly an hour.
Dirk Kuyt's 50th goal for the Reds early in the second half was enough for Liverpool, who played like men possessed throughout the game.
The win pushed us into fourth place and we stay there tonight as Man City lost to Hull and Spurs and Villa played out a 0-0 draw.
We now have 44 points, just five behind Arsenal, who play Chelsea tomorrow.
Should the Gunners lose on Sunday, then we have a great chance to close the gap on them to just two points on Wednesday night.
That is something well within our grasp as we have finally gotten over our poor early season form.
Its onwards and upwards from now on.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Here is a video of alleged summer signing Milan Jovanovic.
The Standard Liege striker is reported to have agreed a move to Anfield in the Summer, after the World Cup Finals, in which he will play for his native Serbia.
Good bit of business by Rafa, if it does turn out to be true.
Monday, February 1, 2010
It seems that Rafa wanted an experienced player to deputise for the injured Glenn Johnson.
**NEWSFLASH** Liverpool have just failed in their bid to sign Torosidis as the clubs couldn't agree terms before the deadline.