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...

3 Comments:

Blogger Dipto_14 said...

Hello again...
Amazing week na...
Liverpool 4 - Slovakia 0
lol...
Kewell seems to be back, but i dont think he will play this weekend coz of jetlag and tired legs.
we should beat portsmouth left, right and center.
atleast a 2-3 goal margin. i'm being hopeful, i know.
gerrard, alonso, and garcia on the scoresheet.
hope crouchy gets one in too, somehow...
lol...there's this one comment about crouchy that was so funny...
the question was should crouch take the next penalty?
one dude said...he'd come up to the ball, flail his arms, and trip over the ball and fall..lol
~enjoy

8:41 pm  
Blogger Ritwik Roy said...

nice.. When he was at Southampton and they had won a penalty, he stood up to take it and Harry Redknapp asked his assistant, "Whats Crouchy doing? He can't take a penalty!"...
But he did score! I hope he doesn't get too anxious to score and started to 'Cisse-giri'....

11:54 pm  
Blogger Ritwik Roy said...

**not stood up, stepped up

6:14 am  

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