Sunday, September 28, 2008

Torres Let Eveton Feel The Blues

With his only goal coming from the opening game away at Sunderland, Torres has been struggling to find his goal scoring touch. While Torre and Company fail to score at home to Stoke last weekend, one would wonder will Liverpool suffer a goal drought again.

After the 1st half at Goodison Park, many would point to another 0-0 draw for Liverpool. There was not much clear cut chance for both side. Both goalkeeper was having a good day.

Liverpool began the second half with more purpose. Ninteen minutes into the second half, Liverpool stung Everton. A good pass to Robbie Keane who brought the ball to the bye line and deliver a cross. The ball eluded the Blues's defence and onto the path of who else but Torres and slam the ball on the volley through Howard's leg. Goodison was silenced. Liverpool began to dominate possession. Four minutes later, Liverpool struck again. Nice build up play allow the ball into the Everton's box. Keane left it to Torres who made a no mistake from 10

yards. It was 2-0 to Liverpool.

Torres thought he had his hatrick minutes later but was disallowed as Kuyt was judged to have pushed a Everton defender. Tim Cahill was dismissed at the 80th mintues following a rough tackle on Alonso. At this time, the match was effectively over. Liverpool then hung on to another famous Merseyside derby win. Liverpool top the table for at least 3 hours.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Battle of Merseyside

Both teams came into this match having drawn their last BPL matches against the new boys. Everton came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Hull City while Liverpool missed the chance to go top after a disappointing 0-0 draw with Stoke at Anfield.

With home ground advantage, Everton will want to avenge last year 2-1 defeat at home to the Reds. Kuyt 2 penalties gave the Reds the victory. Everton will be the happier of the two side for the match on Saturday. Torres, Keane and Gerrard fail to find the back of the net despite 20 corners and 20 attempts on goal, this will encourage The Toffees further. Though Andrew Johnson has left the club, the Blues have enough firepower to trouble the shaky Red's defence. Tim Cahill return from injury will boast the Blue's chances to claim victory.

Knowing Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea will bag 3 points on the weekend, Liverpool will need nothing less a victory to stay in touch with the Big 3. A defeat or a point coupled with the Big 3 victories will again leave the Reds chasing them early in the season.

My prediction is a 2-1 win for the Toffees.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Liverpool 0 Stoke 0

Miserable, Garbage and Rubbish Display from Liverpool.

That is it! Liverpool did it again. They disappoint and dropped 2 points in a match they simply will and must win. A 0-0 draw with Stoke in Anfield? Liverpool can forget the title if they can't even win Stoke!!

A team with Torres, Gerrard, Babel, Keane and Alonso can't even score against names like Faye, Griffin, Hingobottom? What a joke! Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea must be laughing out loud.

The win against Man Utd means nothing now. With the draw, Liverpool's bubble has burst. Theit next game is away to Everton. Sorry Reds, you are losing to taste defeat.

If you can't score against a team like Stoke, what does it say about the team? Liverpool is simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH!!!!

We need a Deco like player. Alonso is rubbish today with his shooting. Gerrard left his scoring boot in Marseille and Kuyt's big butt is the cause of his inability to run with the ball properly.

Apart from the disallowed goal by Gerrard, Liverpool did not really cause much clear cut chance. They created 20 over corners but none went in. It's ridiculous!

Maybe we should get Kaka to unlock defence. Over the years, Liverpool have problems unlocking teams with packed their defence.

It's bloody frustrating to watch Liverpool struggling against team like Stoke.

It's still early to dismiss Liverpool's challenge but they will not be any where close to Man Utd, Chelsea and even Arsenal.

Rubbish display!!!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Liverpool v Stoke - My Preview

Liverpool welcome new boys Stoke City at Anfield after two impressive victories againt Man Utd and Marseille.

On the other hand, Stoke must be demoralized after conceding a late goal in their 2-3 defeat to Everton last weekend. Stoke City came back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 but to lose the game.

This is the kind of match that Liverpool simply need to win in order for them to become genuine title contender. With Chelsea meeting Man Utd the next day, Liverpool must win and hope that both their rival draw the game.

With Gerrard and Torres back from injury, Liverpool should not have problem seeing off the new boys. Stoke will pack their defence and Liverpool must be patient if they are to breach open Stoke's defence.

If Keane starts the game alongside Torres, I will back Keane to open his Liverpool account. My take: 3-0 to Liverpool.

My other predictions:

Sunderland v Boro 2-1
West Ham v Newcastle 1-1
Blackburn v Fulham 2-1
Bolton v Arsenal 1-1
West Brom v Villa 0-2
Chelsea v Man Utd 1-1
Spurs v Wigan 2-1
Man City v Portsmouth 2-1
Hull v Everton 1-1

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Gerrard's Doubled Gunned Marseille

Liverpool got to a winning start to their Champion League campaign. It was a typical victory by Liverpool. They way Liverpool played and won the game was identical to that of the match against Man Utd.

Liverpool went a goal down after Marseille's skipper Cana was put throught by a defence splitting pass from Cheyrou. Despite the goal, the Reds did not hang their head down. Instead they battled back. Just when the home fan was still celebrating, Liverpool launched an attack of their own. Torres robbed the ball off a Marseille's player and passed the ball to Kuyt. Kuyt laid to the supporting Gerrard who from an impossible position curled the ball past the helpless keeper for the equalizer. Liverpool took 3 minutes to come back.

From there, Liverpool then began to impose themselves. In the 32th minutes, Babel was brought down and penalty was awarded. On came Gerrard. He scored but was ordered to retake the penalty. Gerrard held his nerve and made no mistake. What strong character the skipper bring in him.

The remaining first half was farily comfortable for the visitor. Marseille started the second half with more urgency and purpose.

The host have 4 chances to win the game but their chief striker Niang missed two great opportunities and bring the game on level terms. Reina made two vital saves to keep the 3 points for Liverpool.

Overall, it was a vintage performance from Liverpool. There is a new never say die attitude from the Reds. This will certainly angur well for this season campaign.

The Reds next opponent in the BPL is against new boys Stoke City. Based on their last two performance, 3 points should be an easy task. With Chelsea meeting Man Utd this week, Liverpool look set to top the table with a win against Stoke.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1

Liverpool finally registered a win in the BPL over the Champion after 4 years. It was a long overdue win for the Reds.

Torres and Gerrard started the game on the bech while Man Utd was missing Ronaldo. However new boy Berbatov was handed his debut.
All it took was 3 minutes for Man Utd to crave open the host's defence open. A through ball to Berbatov on the right, he ran passed Aurelio and fired a low cross to Tevez and he placed the ball expertly beyond the reach of Reina. A dream start for the Champion.
One would wonder where Liverpool's goal will come with the absence of their top 2 men. Against the run of play, Alonso weak shot deflected a Man Utd's player and Van De Sar hurried out his goalline and parried the ball. Unfortunately the ball bounced off Wes Brown's shin and into the net. Liverpool's own new boy Riera was close to Brown when the own goal was scored. Perhaps Riera proved he was indeed a lucky charm.

From there on, Liverpool began to dominate the proceeding. They hussle and control the midfield picking up the loose balls.
Liverpool started the second half in the way they ended the first. They were rewarded when Mascherano robbed Giggs off the ball and Kuyt laid ball to Babel who made no mistake.
Vidic was sent off for his second bookable offence when he clashed onto Alonso.
Man Utd goal's expose Liverpool weakness on the full backs. Both Aurelio and Arbeloa are probably the weaknest link in the defence. They lack pace and are often caught out of position. Opposition would like to expose the two full backs when playing against Liverpool.
Kuyt has once again prove he will not bring 20 goals a season for Liverpool. He missed 2 or 3 glorious chance to put Liverpool further ahead. His weak were either weak or straight to Van De Sar.
I would like to see Phillip Lam and Roque Santa Cruz to be in Liverpool's shopping list come Janauary.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Liverpool v Man Utd - My Preview

After the International break, the BPL resume this week with an intriging match at Anfield. Liverpool will host the defending champion.

Liverpool's form this season has been poor while Man Utd is also trying to find their feet. Liverpool's preparation has been hit by the absence of Gerrard and Torres while the Red Devils will be without Cristaino Ronaldo.

This match is set for the battle of two former Spurs strikers who has contributed to Spurs success in recent years. Robbie Keane has moved to Merseyside while Berbatov has switched to Old Trafford. It is interesting to see who will score. Keane's performance for Liverpool has been far from average while Berbatov could be handed his debut. This game will also feature Liverpool's new signing Albert Riera.

Liverpool has not won against Man Utd under Rafa in the BPL, this trend look set to continue with the absence of the skipper and Torres. My money will go to Man Utd to win 2-0.

My other bold predictions:
Blackburn v Arsenal 1-2

Fulham v Bolton 1-1

Newcastle v Hull 4-0

Portsmouth v Boro 2-0

West Brom v West Ham 2-1

Wigan v Sunderland 1-1

Man City v Chelsea 1-1

Stoke v Everton 1-2

Spurs v Villa 3-2

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Villa 0 Liverpool 0

What a disappointing match. I expect goals in this game but it ended stalement.

Chances were few for both sides with Villa looking the likely side to score. However Liverpool stood their ground and earn a point.

The bad news was that Torres limped out early in the match with a hamstring injury. He could be out for the next 15 days. With Gerrard recovering from a groin operation, Liverpool lost their two main players for their next home game with Champion Man Utd. Fergie;s team must be absolutely delighted to face a Liverpool side still struggling to find their feet plus the loss of two match winners.

Having seen Liverpool played in the last 3 BPL games, the Reds are lucky to remain unbeaten so far and have 7 points from 3 matches.

Liverpool has plenty to do if they are to match the Big Three.

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