Monday, December 29, 2008

5 Star Liverpool

What a way to end the year 2008 on top and 3 points clear of Chelsea.

Liverpool achieved this feat with a 5-1 demolition of Newcastle at St.James Park. Liverpool displayed their ruthlessness that was lacking during that two 0-0 draws at home to West Ham and Fulham.

Had Liverpool won that two encounters, they would have sitting comfortably at the to leading by 7 points.

This has to be one of the greatest match Liverpool played this season. Any team that goes to Newcastle and banged in 5 goals must be respected.

I am a big critic of Alonso and Kuyt but both seem to be playing better. I just hope Rafa will not sell him to Arsenal or other clubs.

Liverpool will certainly be the team to beat comes 2009.

With Chelsea and Arsenal to come to Anfield. Anything can happen.

The first big match will see Chelsea meeting Man Utd, I certainly hope it end with a draw while Liverpool win at Stoke.

Go Liverpool!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

The Big Four - Loving Each Other.

The EPL this season is a funny one. The Big Four seem to love each other so much that they are "giving" each other the chance to claim the title.

Never in any BPL season that the Big Four dropped points together in the same week, I did not happen once but thrice.

Just when it looked my Liverpool presented Chelsea with numerous chance to reclaim top spot with a series of draws at Anfield, Chelsea themselves also drew games.

While Arsenal has been inconsistent losing to smaller teams but winning against Man Utd and Chelsea, they fell further behind after drawing with Liverpool last week.

The greatest beneficiary got to be Man Utd. They returned from the Far East with 2 games in hand and only 7 points behind leaders Liverpool.

It has been a funny season.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Liverpool Tripped At Home Once Again

Another 2 points dropped at home again. It is 3 games without a win at home.

Hull City put up another brave performance to dent Liverpool's title credential. Liverpool had to come back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2. As past home matches, Liverpool dominated the game but Hull took the lead against the run of play.

Liverpool was lucky to draw the game from a brace from who else but Gerrard. The Reds need their skipper to save them again.

It was another frustrating evening for the Reds fans and Liverpool team. Keane's future at Liverpool is becoming bleak when Rafa refused to use him in the match when Liverpool is in search of another goal.

Chelsea will be smiling as they should top the table after their game against West Ham. Liverpool regin at the top look shortlived.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Liverpool v Hull - My Preview

Liverpool host surprise package Hull City in their final match over the "honeymoon" period. After this match, the Reds will go head to head against Arsenal away from home.

During this "honeymoon" period, Liverpool disappoint many by drawing blank against lesser teams like Fulham and West Ham at home but register away win to Blackburn and Bolton. The record for those matches read P5 W3 D2 L0. If Liverpool were to turn the 2 draws to wins, they will be riding at the top by 5 points instead of a slender 1 point lead.

Many lesser known teams seem to have found a way to frustrate Liverpool at Anfield. However Hull City will not adopt a defensive formation as evident in their away matches against Arsenal and Man Utd where they scored and conceded 5 goals. Hull City's offensive play will suit Liverpool.

Having said that, without Torres, Liverpool may again be left frustrated by creating chances but not able to score.

With 2 victories away to Blackburn and PSV, this match is a MUST win for the Reds if they are to maintain their lead at the top knowing that Chelsea will beat West Ham.

I would go for a 2-0 win for Liverpool.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wonderful Week for Liverpool

Liverpool maintained their one point lead at the top of the BPL table by beating Blackburn 3-1 at Ewood Park.

The scoreline did not reflect the whole story. Liverpool were made to work hard by a Blackburn side in deep trouble.

The first hafl saw Liverpool failing to get the foothold of the game and ended 0-0. It was the second half when Xavi Alonso opened the floodgate. With Torres out for another few weeks or so, one would wonder where the goals would come especially when Keane is struggling to find the net on a regular basis.

Wanted away Benayoun scored Liverpool second with a superb piece of skill. Santa Cruz gave Blackburn hope before Gerrard sealed the game with Liverpool third.

I would like Rafa to give Benayoun more playing time especially Liverpool fail to find the net against Fulham and West Ham. The former Hammer will provide extra craft and vision to create goals for Liverpool with the loss of Torres.

A second string Liverpool side produced a positive display at PSV to top the group knocking off Athletico Madrid.

Goals from Babel, Riera and Ngog was enough to see of PSV 3-1 after trailing a goal down.

With the victory, Liverpool have the advantage of playing the second leg of the knockout stage at home.

It was rather perfect 4 days for the Reds having scored 6 goals in 2 away games.

This will certainly give Rafa's team the confident of challenging for honours for both front.

With Hull coming to Anfield this weekend, Liverpool will ill afford another 0-0 soreline against the Tigers. This is an ideal chance for Liverpool to pull further from Man Utd who travel to White Hart Lane to face in form Spurs. Spurs may just nick something from that game.

It all remain to be seen if Liverpool can carry the great form into this weekend game before they face Arsenal at the Emirates next week.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Title Challenger? It's Rubbish!

First it was Stoke, then Fulham and now West Ham.

It seems Liverpool is doing charity in this season BPL title race. Just when their rivals dropped points, Liverpool simply do not know how to take advantage. They lack
the experience to challenge for the title.

Lesser known teams have found a way to play at Anfield and Liverpool do not have answers to overcome them. The greatest beneficaries from the Anfield flop is Man Utd. However Chelsea and Arsenal must also be similing brightly after this draw.

It makes little wonder Man Utd and Chelsea have rule out Liverpool in this title challenge. It is not hard to think so.

Liverpool has dropped 6 points at Anfield this season and this is real bad. The draw matches they MUST win. There is no point beating the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd but drawing against teams like Fulham, Stoke and West Ham.

Rafa clearly need one more class striker. Robbie Keane is proving to be a big flop. 20 million pounds for Keane is surely an expensive flop. He is unable to lead the frontline during the absence of Torres.

I think I'm taking a short break from watching Liverpool play. They are back to their Houllier days when they are unable to grind result necessary to win the title. What promises to be a exciting month of November and December when Liverpool play the mid-table teams now are turning into a banana skin.

Seriously, Rafa need another proven striker to replace Torres upfront. Liverpool may wish to offload Keane in the summer.

Buy Defoe, Rafa!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Stand Up And Be Counted

With Chelsea slipping to an unexpected defeat at home to Arsenal last night, Liverpool will reclaim top spot if they do not lose the game against West Ham.

A draw is not good enough while a victory will open a 3 points gap between Chelsea and Liverpool and 8 points clear off Man Utd.

This is a must win game for Liverpool. Many will remember that the Reds missed the chance to go top after drawing with Fulham 0-0 when Chelsea themselves also drew 0-0 at home to Newcastle.

If Liverpool are to prove they are genuine title contender, they must not flop tonight. Anything less than 3 points will surely cast question if Liverpool possess the mentality to cope with the pressure.

Each of the Liverpool players playing in this game know the advantage with 3 points.

I would expect nothing less than a win. I would go for a 1-0 hard fought win for Liverpool.
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