Thursday, May 01, 2008

You'll Never Walk Alone

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Birmingham 2-2 Liverpool

26 Apr 2008 Birmingham 2-2 Liverpool - EPL

BBC - Mikael Forssell lashed in a shot at the far post to put the Blues ahead, with Sebastian Larsson's exquisite long range free-kick adding to their lead. But Peter Crouch guided in a shot to haul the Reds back into the game. And as Liverpool penned the Blues back, Yossi Benayoun equalised with a deflected header, which all-but secures fourth spot for the Anfield side.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

I Can't Believe This...

22 Apr 2008 Liverpool 1-1 Chelsea - CL semi-final 1st leg

BBC - John Arne Riise's injury-time own goal gave Chelsea the advantage in their Champions League semi-final - Dirk Kuyt's close-range finish three minutes before the interval looked to have secured Liverpool a slender lead. And it took fine saves from Petr Cech to deny Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres as Liverpool threatened to put the tie out of Chelsea's reach. But Riise headed in Salomon Kalou's cross five minutes into injury time to give Chelsea a priceless away goal.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fulham 0-2 Liverpool

19 Apr 2008 Fulham 0-2 Liverpool - EPL

BBC - Pennant gave the Reds the lead against the run of play when he was put through by Lucas Leiva and he took Kasey Keller by surprise with a powerful early shot. He then turned provider to set up Crouch to score with a low drive. Fulham were restricted to mostly half chances, with midfielder Danny Murphy going closest with a shot denied by Pepe Reina's legs.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

96 Never Forgotten

John Alfred Anderson (62) Colin Mark Ashcroft (19) James Gary Aspinall (18) Kester Roger Marcus Ball (16) Gerard Bernard Patrick Baron (67) Simon Bell (17) Barry Sidney Bennett (26)David John Benson (22) David William Birtle (22) Tony Bland (22) Paul David Brady (21) Andrew Mark Brookes (26) Carl Brown (18 ) David Steven Brown (25) Henry Thomas Burke (47) Peter Andrew Burkett (24) Paul William Carlile (19) Raymond Thomas Chapman (50) Gary Christopher Church (19) Joseph Clark (29) Paul Clark (18 ) Gary Collins (22) Stephen Paul Copoc (20) Tracey Elizabeth Cox (23) James Philip Delaney (19) Christopher Barry Devonside (18 ) Christopher Edwards (29) Vincent Michael Fitzsimmons (34) Thomas Steven Fox (21) Jon-Paul Gilhooley (10) Barry Glover (27) Ian Thomas Glover (20) Derrick George Godwin (24) Roy Harry Hamilton (34) Philip Hammond (14) Eric Hankin (33) Gary Harrison (27) Stephen Francis Harrison (31) Peter Andrew Harrison (15) David Hawley (39) James Robert Hennessy (29) Paul Anthony Hewitson (26) Carl Darren Hewitt (17) Nicholas Michael Hewitt (16) Sarah Louise Hicks (19) Victoria Jane Hicks (15) Gordon Rodney Horn (20) Arthur Horrocks (41) Thomas Howard (39) Thomas Anthony Howard (14) Eric George Hughes (42) Alan Johnston (29) Christine Anne Jones (27) Gary Philip Jones (18 ) Richard Jones (25) Nicholas Peter Joynes (27) Anthony Peter Kelly (29) Michael David Kelly (38 ) Carl David Lewis (18 ) David William Mather (19) Brian Christopher Mathews (38 ) Francis Joseph McAllister (27) John McBrien (18 ) Marion Hazel McCabe (21) Joseph Daniel McCarthy (21) Peter McDonnell (21) Alan McGlone (28 ) Keith McGrath (17) Paul Brian Murray (14) Lee Nicol (14) Stephen Francis O'Neill (17) Jonathon Owens (18 ) William Roy Pemberton (23) Carl William Rimmer (21) David George Rimmer (38 ) Graham John Roberts (24) Steven Joseph Robinson (17) Henry Charles Rogers (17) Colin Andrew Hugh William Sefton (23) Inger Shah (38 ) Paula Ann Smith (26) Adam Edward Spearritt (14) Philip John Steele (15) David Leonard Thomas (23) Patrik John Thompson (35) Peter Reuben Thompson (30) Stuart Paul William Thompson (17) Peter Francis Tootle (21) Christopher James Traynor (26) Martin Kevin Traynor (16) Kevin Tyrrell (15) Colin Wafer (19) Ian David Whelan (19) Martin Kenneth Wild (29) Kevin Daniel Williams (15) Graham John Wright (17)

Monday, April 14, 2008

Torres Scored The 30th of The Season

13 Apr 2008 Liverpool 3-1 Blackburn - EPL

BBC - Steven Gerrard, who had a penalty appeal turned down after he was clipped by Brad Friedel, broke the deadlock with a cool finish in the second half. Torres met Gerrard's deep cross with a precise header to make it 2-0 before Andrei Voronin slid home a third. Roque Santa Cruz hooked in a late reply for Blackburn, who were well beaten.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


8 Apr 2008 Liverpool 4-2 Arsenal (5-3) - CL quarter-final 2nd leg

BBC - Liverpool set up another Champions League semi-final with Chelsea after a stunning late win over Arsenal - Abou Diaby put Arsenal into an early lead but Sami Hyypia lost Phillipe Senderos to head an equaliser. Fernando Torres looked to have settled it when he scored in the top corner, until a superb Theo Walcott run allowed Emmanuel Adebayor to tap in. But Kolo Toure fouled Ryan Babel and Gerrard held his nerve from the spot, before Babel broke to add a fourth.

I was still shaking and felt I could hardly stand after fulltime..... The last 10 minutes of the game almost killed me. What a game, what a drama! Credits to Arsenal, honestly. I don't usually say it to other teams but Arsenal is a really good side. I thought we used up all the luck in the first leg. Anyway, sorry Arsenal and thank you, I enjoyed the last three games, let's move on. Chelsea next for Liverpool, bring it on!! All the best to Arsenal for their title race.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Unexpected Point Always Sweeter

5 Apr 2008 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - EPL

BBC - The Gunners made a lethargic start and fell behind to Peter Crouch's powerful finish into the bottom corner. Nicklas Bendtner levelled when he met a Cesc Fabregas free-kick and powered his header past Pepe Reina. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger urged his side forward looking for a winner but Andrei Voronin wasted two good chances to give Liverpool victory late on.
Crouchy: "I thought it was a good performance today. We had a lot of players who hadn't played a lot of football lately and when that happens it can go one of two ways. We can give up or we can show what we're made of. Of course I was pleased with my goal. It's been a while and I thought I'd be a bit rusty to be honest. It was nice to score and to remind people that I'm still alive. I felt I got into the game and really enjoyed it. I just want to play as much football as possible. It's frustrating when you're not involved in the big games but I was part of it today and hopefully I can play more games between now and the end of the season."

Friday, April 04, 2008

Lucky Reds Levelled At Half Time

2 Apr 2008 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - CL quarter-final 1st leg

BBC - Emmanuel Adebayor headed Arsenal in front in powerful fashion from Robin van Persie's cross after 23 minutes. Arsenal's lead lasted only three minutes before Steven Gerrard set up Dirk Kuyt to score from close range. The Gunners had a clear penalty appeal turned down after the break when Kuyt hauled back Alexander Hleb in the area.

How did we get away with a bad performance like this?? Of course I am happy with the result - a draw, an away goal, but it was a horrible display. Giving the ball away too much and looking like lazy! That's face it, we were lucky with the penalty decision and the shot by Fabregas cleared by Bendtner! Arsenal should have scored 2 or 3 at the night.

What was going on? Were they too tired after the derby on Sunday?? We certainly need a much better performance back to Anfield. It's only half time. Advantage to Liverpool? No, I don't think so. Arsenal have a good record playing at Anfield recently. If we don't come out and win it, it could easily be a nightmare for us.

Monday, March 31, 2008

El Nino Wins Us Derby

30 March 2008 Liverpool 1-0 Everton - EPL

BBC - Liverpool strengthened their grip on fourth place after Fernando Torres' 28th goal of the season gave them victory in the Merseyside derby - The Spaniard expertly slotted the ball beyond Tim Howard for the only goal of the game after just seven minutes. With Yakubu deployed as a lone striker Everton created very little, while Liverpool spurned several chances. A rasping Steven Gerrard volley hit the post, while Everton's best chance fell to Leon Osman who headed wide.

Torres: "I always feel confident that I can score at Anfield. I've got 19 Premier League goals here now which is fantastic for me, and I seem to score most of those in front of the Kop! I don't know why that is, but I'm always scoring at that end. It must be something about the stand, it is just different. I think 15 of those 19 goals have come in front of the Kop, and I always feel confident when I'm facing that end of the pitch."

Rafa: "I think Torres has more or less surprised everyone. We knew that he was a fantastic player and that he could score goals, but to score 28 in your first season isn't easy, especially for a foreign player. He is one of the best strikers in Europe and the understanding he has with Steven Gerrard is key for us. Also with Kuyt and Babel going forward the team has more balance and is creating chances."

Hyypia: "It's not over until May 11. We need to make sure we get enough points to be in that fourth spot until May 11. Of course it's sweet. Derby games are always different. I know what it means to all the fans, so now all the Liverpool fans, players and staff can be happy. I think it was a fair result. We had the game under control. It's a pity we didn't score more than one goal but one goal is enough. We didn't give them many chances and it was comfortable. The Man Utd loss brought us down a little bit but we still had the confidence to go into this game. We had the opportunity to go five points clear of Everton, so from that point of view the win is very important."

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Masch Sent Off As Reds Lost At OT

23 March 2008 Man Utd 3-0 Liverpool - EPL

BBC - Wes Brown put United ahead from Wayne Rooney's cross before Liverpool's hopes were hit when Javier Mascherano was sent off for dissent before the break. Pepe Reina made some great saves but he was at fault when Cristiano Ronaldo headed home United's second and Nani's fine finish completed an emphatic win.

Rafa: "It's clear Mascherano made a mistake but he was only asking the referee a question. Ryan Babel was there and saw that he was just asking. I do not think that to ask is a big problem in the end. Maybe Javier does not know the referees. If you want to win you must have passion in a big game, and sometimes you make mistakes, but he was only asking the referee about a bad tackle. I have talked to him and he knows it was a mistake."

"The referee decided to give a second yellow and he couldn't understand. He was as surprised as me. I could speak to him in Spanish, so I said, 'Listen, it's finished.' He is a very good professional who has played a lot of international games all around the world, and he couldn't understand why he was sent off for just asking. It's difficult to explain some things that happen on the pitch and I think it is perhaps better to not say too much this time."

"We haven't had too many problems with referees in the last three or four years. I can see other teams but not ours. Tell me in which game over the last four years you've seen our players go at referees? We have a lot of respect for referees."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Masch Scores First As El Nino Reaches 20

BBC - Marek Matejovsky rounded off a free-kick move from 20 yards out to give Reading an early lead. Liverpool equalised in equally spectacular fashion when Javier Mascherano rifled his first goal for the club from 23 yards. Fernando Torres completed the turnaround by planting home an unmarked header from eight yards.

Rafa: "We know that Mascherano has a good shot on him and we've been encouraging him to shoot more when he sees the target. Fernando Torres scored another crucial goal, but he's scoring lots of goals thanks to his team-mates."

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Italian Champions Who?

11 Mar 2008 Inter Milan 0-1 Liverpool (0-3) - CL Last 16

BBC - Liverpool became the fourth English side to reach the Champions League quarter-finals with victory against Inter Milan at the San Siro - Fernando Torres scored brilliantly on the turn after 64 minutes to give Liverpool a comfortable aggregate win. Inter, who had Nicolas Burdisso sent off for a foul on Lucas Leiva after 50 minutes, wasted several chances. Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina twice saved from Julio Cruz, who also shot wide when clean through in the first half.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Two Men Show

8 Mar 2008 Liverpool 3-0 Newcastle - EPL

BBC - The Reds went ahead with a bizarre goal, Jose Enrique's clearance hitting Jermaine Pennant and looping in. Fernando Torres struck his 25th goal of the season by slotting home from a Gerrard pass, before he sent Gerrard through for the captain to wrap it up. Newcastle's best effort saw Obafemi Martins hit the bar from 40 yards.

Rafa: "Both Torres and Gerrard are playing well and that is important for us. If they have the space, with the quality and pace they have, they can kill defenders. Torres' goal was really good, Gerrard and Torres have a really good understanding and the goal came at a crucial time because it almost killed the game off. That helped us play with more confidence in the second half.