Sunday, March 26, 2006

Liverpool 3 - 1 Everton

Liverpool celebrates the 2nd goal

Liverpool takes on Everton this evening at Anfield. With their current form & scoring abilities, it's hard not to get carried away & be over-confident about the match.

However, Pool must be wary of Everton's recent form. They too are on a roll, since starting the beginning of the League poorly. They seems to have found their footing, Everton lies 9th in the League now, looking for a spot in UEFA Cup next season.

Nonetheless, I'm very confident that Pool can come out victorious from the derby & possibly score a couple of goals.


Gerrard SENT OFF

I was right, we scored a couple of goals; with Phil Neville adding one for us. I was shocked, sitting in front of the tv, watching the game, 2 yellow cards for Gerrard & a red card for the skipper in the 18th min. I thought we were doomed to lose this one, having lost Gerrard this early through 2 silly mistakes.

Liverpool had to continue with almost 70 mins of football with 10 men & having to only play with one man (read : Crouch) upfront. Everton had the better chances in the 1st half & looked like scoring anytime soon. But the superb corner kick from Alonso gave Pool a lifeline, with Phil Neville heading the cross into his own net. 1 - 0 to Liverpool just before half-time.

Luis Garcia scored a second 2 mins after the break with a clever lob. Crouch flicked the ball into Garcia's path and the latter makes no mistake with a chip over Wright. It was simply amazing, I thought the Neville's OG was lucky, but scoring a second this early in the 2nd half, I was by then flabbergasted & looking for more. Tim Cahill gave Everton hope in the 61st min with a well-taken goal, resulting from a corner kick. Liverpool had to start defending from set pieces, the goals we let in through these set pieces are killing us & could come back to haunt us. Kewell worked his magic 6 mins from time with a stunning strike from his left leg, into the top corner from 25 yards. The match was done & settled.

The derby produced a total of 11 bookings and 2 sent-offs (Andy Van der Meyde was sent off for elbowing Alonso in the face in the 73rd min). It was a pulsating match from start to finish. In the end, Liverpool had the upper over their neighbours as Everton failed to capitalise on the extra man advantage they had over Pool.

I figured Steven Gerrard must be the most relieved man at Anfield yesterday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Birmingham 0 - 7 Liverpool
(FA Cup Quarter Final)

Sami's 1st min goal (it's frightening, i don't see Sami's head!)

We scored 15 goals in 3 games, strictly only 13 goals, because we had 2 own goals scored for us by our opposition. That's some incredible stats.

I didn't catch the game as it was shown at 0400hrs this morning, can't wake my lazy bones. I'm gonna try to catch the repeat this evening.

Momo Sissoko Returns!

More significantly, Momo returns to top flight football last night with an appearance against Birmingham. What an amazing recovery Momo had, since suffering from the serious injury to his right eye. In exactly a month's time, Momo has returned to playing again.

Bring on the blueshite (read : Everton), let's hit them with more!!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Liverpool 0 - 2 Benfica
(Benfica wins 3 - 0 on aggregate)

Gerrard Dejected over Champions League Exit

Well done to Benfica. That's all I would say.

Trailing 1 -0 from the 1st leg at Lisbon, it was do-or-die at Anfield. Everyone thought Liverpool had the means & confidence to pull this off, me included. It was so so so frustrating to see the team going behind from a superbly taken goal by Simao - the man that Benitez wanted to bring to Anfield. We had numerous chances in front of goal in the first 30 mins, but we didn't convert those. Benfica took their chances & went ahead 9 mins from the 1st half.

Liverpool's defence of the Champion League's trophy has effectively ended. We need to look to the future, we are still in contention for the FA Cup & hopefully finish on top of Man Utd in the League.