Wednesday, March 25, 2009

5 Past Villa!

Liverpool 5 Aston Villa 0
Kuyt 8, Riera 33, Gerrard pen 40, 50, pen 65

5 goals past Martin O Neil's men and most importantly, we managed to capitalize on the the slip of Manchester United defeat at Craven Cottage. Liverpool knew that they needed to win to close the gap to 1 point if they got 3 points against Aston Villa and they did the job brilliantly.

Scoring 5 goals is always pleasing to see and Captain Stevie added 3 more to his total tally of goals this season. 2 well-taken penalties and a placement freekick just outside the area. Dirk Kuyt and Albert Riera scoring the first 2 goals.

Knowing that both Chelsea and Manchester United dropping points the day before, it's so crucial for Rafa's men to win and made sure we got the 3 points we desperately need. Somehow, it's rather rare to see the other 2 giants dropping points on the same weekend. We have to keep on the pressure and you could see the confidence in the Liverpool team now.

Scoring 4 goals against Real Madrid, another 4 against Man United and now, 5 goals thrashing of Aston Villa, Liverpool's goal difference has improved massively. This could prove to be a essential factor as the title race may go to the wire.

I can understand Rafa's frustrations even though we won convincingly at Anfield. We took our foot off the gas once we got the 5 goals and I thought we could have gone more adventurous and score more against 10 men. It's important for us to keep it going and both our feet on the ground as we know, we are still second and we did not win anything yet.

Special praise for Albert Riera, who scored a wonderful volley second goal for the Anfield faithfuls. Played superbly and creating chances throughout the game. A typical winger you would love to have in the game. I was kind of disappointed that he started really well in the beginning, but later on, form dipped a little. But I'm really glad to see him playing to his potential again, cutting in and out of defenders, delivering beautiful crosses into the box. Hopefully, he can keep it going and constantly producing performances like that day against Villa.

1 point above us, with the leaders with a game in hand. Anything still can happen, and it's important for us to win every game, pressuring Alex Ferguson's men as you will never know what will happen at the end of May. Who knows?

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Post Match Reactions From Old Trafford

Let's take a look at the post match reactions and interviews from our manager, Rafa Benitez, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres. Of course, our fans' live moments as well.

Rafa Benitez

Stevie and Fernando

Lastly, FANZONE!

"This is the way to take a penalty especially at Old Trafford!"

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Brilliant Win At The Theatre of Dreams

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4
Ronaldo pen 23 - Torres 28, Gerrard pen 44, Aurelio 77, Dossena 90

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 4. Old Trafford, the Theatre of Dreams. Remember this, Liverpool fans. What a famous win after so many years of suffering so many disappointing results against them. It makes it even sweeter to see Sir Alex Ferguson's face getting red to black at the end of the game.

When I checked the line-up on my computer 5 minutes before kick-off, Alonso is out injured. Darn, Lucas was the replacement. When I on the television, Arbeloa is not in the starting 11. Big Sami Hyypia replacing the Spanish fullback. It seems like Liverpool had many things to be done, even before kick off.

Pepe Reina made a mistake and caused a penalty. Ronaldo made it 1-0 and everything seemed so smooth for Manchester United. The goal somehow, came against the run of play in my opinion, and out of a sudden, the home side got a goal up.

When things were like going against Rafa Benitez's men, Fernando Torres outmuscled the ever-reliable Vidic and equalized with a cool finish past VanDerSar . What a time to score! Fantastic goal!

The goal gave the away side confidence and we controlled the tempo of the game. Passing the ball around, not allowing Rooney and Co to play their football. Right just before half time, a through ball by Torres to Gerrard was almost perfect but brought down by Patrice Evra. Penalty! No doubts about it.

Steven Gerrard made no mistakes from the spot and gave the camera a famous kiss! I'm sure all the girls watching the match went crazy. Somehow, I couldn't believe it. Leading 2-1 at Old Trafford. This is something we have not be able to do for many many years till I lost count.

Triple substitution made by Ferguson. Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Berbatov. Expected and Man United was preparing to fire all cylinders towards Pepe Reina's goal. Just when the home side was ready to execute its new formation, Vidic pulled Steven Gerrard down and he was sent off as it was a goal scoring opportunity.

A freekick just outside the area and I was screaming for Aurelio to take it. A left footed shot would be needed at that angle. Brazilian left back did not disappoint me. He struck it so sweetly that it caused VanDerSar standing on his line, helpless.

3-1 with a man down. It's really tough for Ferguson's men to comeback and I was already jumping on my seat. Aurelio's goal killed every United player and fan as they know it's almost game over. Old Trafford was only left with the Torres song, Gerrard song as well as the chants of Anfield road.

Liverpool had another in the dying seconds of the game. Andrea Dossena, once again proved that he do can score goals, crucial ones as well. A very cool lob over VanDerSar, who was looking at the ball going into his own net.

Emphatic win over bitter rivals and this meant so much for the Liverpool fans. 4-1 win over Manchester United, defending champions as well as the European Champions. Biggest win since 1923? I'm not very sure, but I know history is created and hopefully, we can finish strongly in this 08/09 season.

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Welcome To Anfield, Real Madrid

Liverpool 4 Real Madrid 0
Torres 16, Gerrard 28 pen, 47, Dossena 89

Look at the scoreline above, it's into the record books for sure. Anfield, European night, against Real Madrid. Scoreline: 4-0 to Liverpool. What else beats that?

With a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, Real Madrid need to score in order to have any chance of advancing to the next round. Rafa Benitez played a strong first 11, with Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard upfront, threatening the Real Madrid defence from the first minute till the end.

Great team performance and Real Madrid just could not cope with the fast attacks and tempo the home side started. Every single player knew what their tasks on the pitch and kept the shape. From Pepe Reina to Fernando Torres, everyone rose to the occasion and gave Juande Ramos' men a footballing lesson.

Tactically outclassed by fellow Rafa Benitez, Real Madrid was just struggling on how to stop Liverpool. Goals by Fernando Torres, Steven Gerrard and Andrea Dossena, oh yes, Dossena, his first goal for the club and you saw the way he celebrated his goal right at the end. You know how much this meant to the players.

Anfield has once again shown that they can be the 12th man whenever they need to, supported the team right from the start, and what an atmosphere! I could even feel it at home as I watched the match. I'm sure it was hell of an experience for Raul and company.

Quarter finals here we come! No country protection, so we may face any English teams. It would be interesting to see who we draw against, but whoever we got, we just gotta deal with it like how we did with Real Madrid.

You'll Never Walk Alone..

Quick Update!

Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0
Ngog 51, Benayoun 65

A midweek game which saw us bouncing back from a defeat. A good goal by David Ngog and a simple tap in by on form midfielder, Benayoun. 3 points which matters and we shall see how we gotta play at Old Trafford.

Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool 0
Alonso (og) 31, Tuncay 63

One of the poorest performances of the season which caused us a big blow to our title race. Couldn't understand what happened, but we have to look forward, hopefully, Manchester United would be able to drop points.

You'll Never Walk Alone..