Monday, April 28, 2008

4th Place Is Ours

Brimingham 2 Liverpool 2
Forssell 33, Larsson 57 - Crouch 63, Benayoun 75

A Match of the Match performance by Jermaine Pennant brought Liverpool back from 2 goal down back on track with a 2-2 draw. A point is good enough as Rafa Benitez has an eye on the Champions League Semi Final Clash with Chelsea.

Peter Crouch was on the score sheet again after a beautiful run by Pennant on the right. Benayoun equalised and completed the comeback, left Brimingham struggling under the bottom three.

Everton's draw against Aston Villa the next day has confirmed that Liverpool has secured its fourth. David Moyes' men failed to hold onto their lead twice and Martin O'Neil's men are still fighting for the 5th place.

Congrats the lads for securing the 4th place with 2 more remaining games to go! Let's keep focus and here we go to the Bridge!

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Riise Gave Chelsea Advantage

Liverpool 1 Chelsea 1
Kuyt 43 - Riise og 94

A match which we could have taken a 1-0 lead to the Bridge, but now we have conceded an own goal for the last kick of the game. An crucial away goal for Avam Grant's men.

Kuyt's goal was superb as Anfield erupted. His work rate and persistence is world class and that's how he got his goal.

We have to SCORE at the bridge. That's for sure.

Come on lads!

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Closing Down To 4th Spot

Fulham 0 Liverpool 2
Pennant17, Crouch 70

Goals from Jermaine Pennant and Peter Crouch gave Liverpool 8 points gap from neighbours Everton. Well done lads!

Chelsea, next on the list.

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Happy Birthday Rafa!

Happy Birthday Rafa!

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Torres & Gerrard Too Much For Rovers

Liverpool 3 Blackburn 1
Gerrard 60, Torres 82, Voronin 90 - Cruz 90

Man of the Match performance by Captain Stevie and Fernando Torres 30th goal of the season proved too much for Mark Hughes's men. Voronin added the 3rd at the end.

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Semi-Finals, Here We Come Again!

Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2
Hyypia 30, Torres 69, Gerrard, 86, Babel 90 - Diaby 13, Adebayor 85

As the famous scoreboard of Anfield showed, Liverpool 4 Arsenal 2. Yes! We've overcame the mighty Arsenal which I always admired for their beautiful passing and style. Credit to Arsene Wenger's men, they really pushed us to the wire.

With an away goal advantage in the first leg, Arsenal needed to score in order to have any chance of advancing, which is something not difficult for the team like Arsenal. Their fast paced one-twos, off the ball runs were extremely devastating for any teams and they did punish us early on with a goal by Diaby.

With an 2-1 aggregate and conceded an away goal, I knew that Liverpool had to work hard for it. Arsenal ain't giving up so fast. The home side was struggling. They couldn't control the game early on and the forwards from London were very fast in attack. Fortunately, we managed to defend well and conceded a goal based on early poor performance.

Just like in 2005, Sami Hyypia scored an crucial goal again in the quarter-finals, bringing the sides on level terms with an stunning header. A corner from Steven Gerrard was headed off the post by the Big Finn, who has just recently signed an extension to his contract.

By seeing his celebrations, I could know that Sami was geared up for this. His experience in the game was just valuable, something which you can't buy with money. Good goal, my man!

Liverpool were better in the second half, creating more and gave Arsenal defenders some work to do. They were pressing high on the pitch, not allowing Fabregas & Co to play their passing game. That was something the Reds failed to do in the first half. If you let Arsenal play their football, you are asking for trouble.

With a 1-1 score, we might be heading to extra-time or even penalties. There's one man who just don't allow it to happen. Who else? Who else? The lad from Sunny Spain! Fernando Torres!

What a goal my boy! Totally world class which took everything out of Arsenal defence and goalkeeper. He made it so simple didn't he?

With just 6 more minutes to go, Arsenal prodigy kid, Theo Walcott dribbled from his own half, past 4 red shirts, crossed perfectly for Adebayor who didn't fail to silence the Anfield crowd at that point of time.

Self shocked! I really thought we were heading out. I was shaking my head in disbelief! How can you allow Walcott to dribble past just like that, it seemed to me that he dribbled past the 11 players!

Just about I was still sighing upon seeing the replay of the goal, I flew off my seat and shouted PENALTY! I guess the ref heard me! YES! Babel went down and I don't care whether it's a foul or not, I just want them to score!

Up step Captain Stevie. So much pressure. The entire Anfield stadium were on their feet, including mine at home. Heavy responsibilities on his shoulders once again, he made no mistake from the spot! I FELT FUCKING GOOD! We just came out from hell. I could sense that Arsenal players were totally shocked.

A minute ago, they were celebrating, but now, the Anfield crowd had came alive again! I was screaming and shouting at my television, instructing the defenders to defend properly. Arsenal came attacking again. They had to give their everything they have in them.

However, Ryan Babel made it totally impossible right at the end. A high ball cleared by fellow countryman, Dirk Kuyt, left no one else with only Babel and Fabregas. Supersub Babel was too fast and strong for Fabregas, whom had played all the 90 minutes of the triology matches. Finished off the game which gave Arsenal no more turning point.

What a game of football! One of the best European nights to be remembered! Rafa's adventure into Europe will continue.

Credits to the 12th man, to the players, to Rafa and of course, it's not over yet. Chelsea, Here We Come Again!

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Crouch's Goal Worried Wenger's Men

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Bendtner 54 - Crouch 41

The Part II of the Liverpool & Arsenal Clash was at the Emirates. The league game which meant more to the London side as they desperately needed the points to close the gap from Manchester United. On the other hand, Liverpool was sitting comfortably on fourth place, 5 points in front of neighbours Everton. Rafa's men can afford to lose as they need not necessary get the points especially with the European 2nd leg coming up.

Liverpool's starting line-up already showed clearly Rafa's intentions for the game. Unlike the first leg last Thursday, he fielded a much weakened including a debut for centre midfielder, Daimen Plessis. I was surprised at his inclusion and excited to see how this young fellow would play against the mighty Arsenal. He was superb throughout the match!

Liverpool started really brightly in the game. Peter Crouch and Benayoun were superb upfront. Created so much trouble for Kolo Toure and William Gallas. To my surprise, Arsenal didn't really play to their best. Instead, the men in white was more hungry and faster in the middle of the park.

I knew we would score based on the way they played and Peter Crouch was the man! A high ball from Pepe Reina, was not cleared by the Arsenal's defenders. Benayoun was able to capitalise on the loose ball to Crouch, whose shot was nicely into the bottom corner of the goal. :)

To everyone's surprise, Liverpool were 1-0 in front at the Emirates.

Arsenal came storming in in the second half. Liverpool were defending really hard, playing on the counter-attack. Arsenal's equaliser came with Nicklas Bendtner's towering header from Fabregas' superb cross.

We had several chances in the end but just not clinical enough. Arsenal was attacking with almost 9 men in front, leaving space behind for the away side to counter at several occasions. Nevertheless, a point was a very good result for Liverpool.

Match Highlights..

Let's look forward to Tuesday game. The most important finale of the 3 games at Anfield. We need to rise to the occasion and get the job done. It's not over yet.

With hope in your heart..

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Friday, April 4, 2008

Vital Away Goal At The Emirates

Arsenal 1 Liverpool 1
Adebayor 23 - Kuyt 26

Apologies for no match report. Tight schedule. :)

Match Goal by Kuyt

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Double Over Neighbors

Liverpool 1 Everton 0
Torres 6

Who else?

Match Highlights..

You'll Never Walk Alone..