Sunday, February 22, 2009

It is Man Utd for the title.

Liverpool enjoyed their best start to the season in many years. They have only lost once to-date and remain unbeaten against the other "Big 3". More importantly, they have beaten Chelsea twice which is something they could not achieve during Jose Mourhino's rein at Chelsea.

However, their best start is starting to end on a disappointing note if not a distrastous one. Knocked out in the FA Cup and Carling Cup, the Reds are 7 points behind Man Utd with 12 games to play.

History showed that Man Utd usually picked up steam at the turn of the New Year. This is especially true when they manage to turn draws into victories with those 1-0 wins against Stoke, Everton, Wigan and Sunderland. That is a massive points gained. On the other hand, Liverpool had been drawing against mid-teams. While they are impressive in making a comeback to avoid a lost, a draw is deem fatal to their title hope. Liverpool should be on the top of the table had they gained maximum points against Stoke, Fulham, West Ham, Everton, Hull and Man City. That is 12 points lost on all these games!

Benitez is a great tactican but he is no genius when buying players. Robbie Keane is a great example of a poor piece of business. What about Lucas? He is not the player needs. He is poor overall. What can I say about Babel? Not influential when called on to the pitch to make an impact. Who is Ngog and El Zahar anyway? Can they change the game for Liverpool? If Rafa think so, it must be the biggest joke he ever kid!

Without Gerrard, Liverpool cannot function. Simple as that!

Look at Man Utd, they have Rafeal or Evans who can perform exceptionally well when called upon. No Roodney? No problem. They have Berbatov and Tevez? No Torres, big problem because Liverpool has only Ngog? No Carrick or Scholes? No worry, they have Fletcher or Park. No Gerrard or Alonso? Big problem, they have only Lucas? Who is Lucas? Mascherano? He can only pass and break up attack but he cannot shoot properly.

It seems like Man Utd is going to lift the title come May.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Massive Win But Not Good Enough.

After drawing 3 successive games and surrender the top spot to Man Utd, Liverpool secured a morale boosting win against a 10 men Chelsea after Lampard was sent off at the one hour mark.

It has been a frustrating start to the New Year seeing the title challenge gradually withering away. With contracts talk for Agger and Rafa stalling, Rafa going at Man Utd's Chairman , possiblle takeover talks and the future of Keane remain unsolved, Liverpool pressing the self destruct button.

Personally, the Chelsea was billed as the match of "Winner take second." I doubt any team can catch Man Utd now looking at those 1-0 wins. The show the form of a Champion - able to grind out result when the teams played badly. It's a race for second between the Reds and Blues.

Though the win against Chelsea put the title challenge back on track, Liverpool is simply lack the match winner like Man Utd possess. Liverpool is heavily dependant on Gerrard and Torres while Man Utd have players like Ronaldo, Berbatov, Roodney, Tevez and Giggs as match winners.

What if Lampard was not sent off? Would it be another draw for Liverpool. Liverpool dominated the game but could not find the net. The lack of quality in the final third is evident.

Liverpool is just plain lucky to beat Chelsea but they will not be crowned Champion come May.

The score read Torres 2 Chelsea 0.

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