Friday, December 02, 2005

Why is the English media always anti-Liverpool?

First, I would like to qoute an article by a 'pundit' from Sky Sports. Article recieved from skysports.planetfootball.com

Tim Hobb writes...

"At last I am starting to get to grips with what Rafa Benitez is doing at Liverpool and whatever arguments you want to throw at his door, the results speak for themselves.They have won five on the spin and are in fourth and it is hard to argue against that. By now the league table doesn't lie and for the vast majority of clubs they are in a true position, but I am still not entirely convinced by Liverpool.Yes, they have put a decent run together, but with all due respect to the likes of Sunderland, Aston Villa and Portsmouth, they are games you would expect Liverpool to win. They haven't played any of the big guns recently and only then will we see just what improvements Rafa has really made. The last time they were tested against a top side they failed badly against Chelsea.Maybe I am being over-critical, but I just get the feeling the results have camouflaged a few minor problems - and I don't just mean Peter Crouch's goalscoring.Djibril Cisse seems to have become an irritation and the way events have broken down over the past seven days tells me one thing: he is on his way out. Whenever I have seen them, Cisse has been one of their better players, but for some reason Benitez doesn't see that and has pretty much told him he can go when the window opens up. He will still play the odd game, but even though Crouch is having his problems and Fernando Morientes is still not reproducing the form we know he is capable of, those two seem to be the front pairing. Benitez is being stubborn and digging his heels in - and how many times have we seen the top managers do that?....."

Now, in this article, what I want to argue about is the first piece. About games against Sunderland, Villa & Portsmouth be 'givens' from the beginning. I really do not know what the english media wants. Would losing all the games to the bottom 14 of the Premiership, and winning all against the top 6 prove that we are a good side. Everyone in the league knows that not even one game is easy. Hell, look at Palace in the Carling Cup. Look at Doncaster knocking out Villa and Manchester City. There are no easy games.

On top of that, these were the exact games that we weren't winning last season. And being blasted for it by the same 'pundits'. There were so many examples: double at Birmingham, away at Everton, Boro, City and so on and so forth. And now we are being accused of failing against the BIG teams. And on the other hand, last season, our players always stood up for the 'special' games. One only has to look at Arsenal, Olympiakos at Anfield and all the other Champion's League games against Chelsea, Juventus & Milan. Were they not BIG teams?

Let's analyse that, shall we? BIG teams in the Premiership would include Chelsea, Man U & Arsenal. We have played once against Man U and drawn, twice against Chelsea, one draw and one loss, and played nothing against Arsenal, and won't until the wee months of Feburary. Is this really good criticism? I think not. The one thing they cannot deny is the fourth spot that now belongs to us. And after a very tough game on Sunday, in which I think we will come out victors, and if other results permit, we can even climb to third.

To put another thorn in the great 'pundits' logic, if we win all the games barring one against Chelsea and Man U, and the two at Arsenal, I am pretty sure we will not be lower than fourth. As for others, which one would you take: wins against 16 teams, or wins against 3? Three points is three points.

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The website skysports.planetfootball.com is a great website for football information. But it's very anti-Liverpool too. I think it's run by a whole lot of Mancs.

Q: What would happen if Manchester United got relegated?
A: Chelsea would have 60,000 new fans.

Cheers
~Dipto

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Liverpool vs Portsmouth : Goals

Here are the links for the goals against Pompey at home:

Zenden (23)

Cisse (39)

Morientes (80)

Note: These goals are hosted by latestgoals.com and you CAN use download accelerators.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Bright Red Future...

Three straight victories, seven goals scored, and none conceded. Followed by an International break in which the enigmatic Liverpool duo of Kewell and Garcia made a huge impact for their respective national teams.

We have a LOT to look forward to... FINALLY!

The Week before the Int'l Break..

A solid home victory against high-flying West Ham was followed by a typically classical European performance.

BUT Liverpool had never won an away game after a victory in Europe for almost 2 years. The game at Villa park was going to be, in my opinion, the defining point of this season.

Could the Reds follow a great European performance by a victory away from home?

Honestly, after the first half , I thought Villa would snatch a goal on the counter and the Reds would lose a league match after a magnificent European display... AGAIN! But then something strange happened... Something that hasn't happened on the road for quite a while.. WE GOT LUCKY!! The penalty awarded to the Reds was a 50-50 and it looked like Crouch, too, had a hold of Ridgewell's shirt. But the ref gave us the decision....

... And Captain fantastic Steven Gerrard slid the penalty home determined to go home with all three points. Then the Reds turned on the style and Xabi drilled home a 20 yard stunner after Crouch had almost scored against his old club.

The triumvirate of substitutes (Kewell, Zenden, and Crouch) had made a huge difference after coming on. It was Zenden's cross which led to the penalty. The penalty itself was earned by Crouch, another substitute. Kewell had a few hesitant touches but then an inviting cross from the right almost led to a Crouch goal. The lose ball fell to Xabi after another 'nearly' from Crouchy and the Spanish maestro didn't disappoint. All three of his goals in the league this season have been a direct result of his unbelievable technique. He is now Liverpool's top scorer in the league, infact he has been the top scorer ever since the beginning of the season!

The victory at Villa Park capped off a miraculous week for the Reds. After the match, Rafa pointed out that, this season, we already have as many clean sheets as the previous one. Rafa is definitely trying to emulate the European success, which was based on a rock-solid defence, in the league.

The future's bright, the future's RED...

PS: Exams on, so I'll write about the international break in my next post...

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

The STUPIDEST thing I've read this season...

Quoting one of the morons at goal.com

However, with my anti-Peter Crouch glasses on I’d say that firstly Benitez is going to stick by all 79 inches of the player as he tries to get over the embarrassment of paying £7m for the player, which I only assume he did when under the impression Liverpool were about to receive a shed load of money from Chelsea for Steven Gerrard so he might as well sign any English player he could get his hands on.
What an idiot!