Liverpool FC completed the Manchester double by eliminating Manchester City and United in two different cup competition and in progress put themselves in a position to get a domestic double this season.
Having led the Carling cup tie against City, Liverpool overcame the mighty league leader in an entertaining second leg semifinals at Anfield which finished all square at the end of 90 minutes. Liverpool going through 3-2 on aggregate curiosity of Craig Bellemy’s goal at City in the first leg.
The result meant Liverpool Liverpool ended their 16-year wait for a return to Wembley to set up a Carling Cup final against Cardiff next month. It is Liverpool’s first cup finals since 2006 when they won the FA Cup and something would be a just reward for the amazing fans patience who had to wait so long to see their Reds in another Cup finals. For the owners, its their first taste of a cup finals and a chance to see Liverpool win a silverware in their first full season.
Another fourth round FA cup tie between England’s old rivals saw Liverpool winning against United in an entertaining encounter at Anfied. The match marked with few off filed incidents had a potential of turning into a bloody battle was instead marked with some high quality football and tremendous fan support for both the sides. Kuyt’s winner with two minutes remaining meant Liverpool took revenge for their last season FA cup exist in hands of United with booking their place in round five at expense of their rivals.
Manchester down shows Liverpool’s strength in the squad and the quality displayed on the pitch. With finishing in top 4 would define the success of the season, a win in Carling Cup and may be the FA Cup would get Liverpool back in trophy winning mode and get the fans, the owners, the manager and the players buzzing again.
Thats all from me on this one. Really excited to write the blogs again. Hope you would get to read more of my blogs on regular bases. Until next time from me, Prathamesh it’s goodbye.
Liverpool’s bid to win the FA this season took a giant leap on Saturday when they successfully overcame and defeated their rivals Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup at Anfield.The results completed the Manchester double as Kenny Dalglish’s side after overseeing United noisy neighbors City int he semi-finals of the Carling in mid week.
The FA cup fixture was also marked with Luiz Suarez’s eight-match ban over racially abusing United’s defender Evra when the two teams met at Anfield in the league earlier this season. Suarez sitting in the executive box at Anfield was more than delighted to see this teammates battle out United challenge and knock them out of the Cup this season.
Dirt Kuyt was the hero at Anfield as he marked his 50th goal with his winner in 88th minute which set Anfield buzzing. Having seen Agger’s headed in 20th minute been cancelled out by Park’s goal for United in 39th minute, the tie was heading to a repay to Old Trafford with only two minutes remaining in the game. But a header assist from Andy Carroll setup Kuyt to volley it pass the United’s goalkeeper to send Liverpool in the fifth round of the FA cup.
With the Reds drawn with Brighton in the fifth round, they would be setting their sight on the quarterfinals already ready. Guy Poyet’s side would be on the high after defeating Newcastle in the fourth round but Liverpool FC at Anfield would be a whole new ball game. Liverpool should be focused on the league now with trips to United on the road before making a trip to Wembley to play the Carling up finals.
Thats all from me, Prathamesh for now. Until next time, goodbye.
A sensational victory for Liverpool was marked by forward Dirk Kuyt scoring his first ever hat-trick as the Reds thumped down bitter-rivals Manchester United 3-1 in a deserved win at Anfield. Due credit must go to Kuyt for his three goals, but the real hero of the show was Liverpool’s January signing Luis Suarez whose nippy, attractive play saw Kuyt scoring 2 of his 3 hat-trick goals. The birthday boy Kenny Dalglish’s big birthday gift as he couldn’t have asked for anything more on his 60th birthday
Anfield bathed in sunlight, Liverpool got the opener when the United defense where left looking like a bunch of amateur footballers as Suarez went pass a pretty ordinary United defense to set up Kuyt for his first. Suarez dribbled past two defenders, moved swiftly around Michael Carrick, muscled through Wes Brown, rolled the ball past Edwin van der Sar and Patrice Evra towards goal. The ever-present Kuyt was on hand to knock it home from inches away.
Liverpool scored their second of the game when Nani’s mistimed header headed back across the United’s goal to the waiting Kuyt. He made it two goals with an easy header past Van der Sar and Anfield erupted for the second time. This was where I felt the game was over and frankly I never saw Liverpool losing from this point.
The final nail in the coffin on United’s miserable and pathetic display was put when Kuyt scored his third 5 minutes into the second half pouncing on the loose ball as Van dar Sar failed to hold onto Suarez’s free kick. This was the icing on the cake as Kuyt completing his first hat-trick for Liverpool.
Liverpool was far better tactically and played with a lot of energy and space through out the match. United apart from one goal in the stoppage time had nothing else to show for as Liverpool policed the midfield superbly.
Overall Liverpool had an awesome game in all departments. After a horrible start to the season, things are getting back on track under Kenny and even though games against United never define Liverpool’s season, this one was a very special win for all the fans and for the birthday boy Kenny Dalglish. Liverpool clearly outclassed United and frankly murdered them 3-1 at Anfield.
That’s all from me on this one, until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.
Babel got transferred to the German side Hoffenheim for a fee in the region of £6M in the winter transfer window. The former Liverpool No. 19 tweeted and thanked the club and the fans whom he always loved and thanked for the privilege of playing at Anfield.
‘There is no other club then Liverpool with the anthem “ YNWA “ !!! #Beautiful
‘But hey I’m gonna dedicate a few tweets to some lfc fans.
‘Wanna thank ALL of you fans but the ones in particular who believed in me and supported me all those years.
‘Its definitely a shame it didn’t worked out for me and the club, but that’s how it is sometimes.
‘I was blessed to work with one of the greatest football players and I learned a lot
‘I learn to love the lfc way, the city, the people and I made lots of friends in Liverpool
‘I wanna wish Liverpool all the luck and I hope they will end in top 4 where they belong
‘And thanks for still following me on here .. #YNWA’
Thanks Ryan for everything. Personally I would always remember your winner against United in the 2008 – 2009 season at the KOP end of Anfield.
Wishing well to Babel and thanking him for his services to Liverpool FC. He always loved the club, the tradition and the fans. He would certainly be missing all of this now and we as fans would certainly be missing him too.
Raheem Sterling put on a five-star show as Liverpool Youth crushed Southend United 9-0 at Anfield in the 5th round of FA Youth Cup. Sterling grabbed five stunning goals as the Reds youngsters cruised into the quarterfinals of the FA Youth Cup and have been handed a tie with either Manchester United or Newcastle at Anfield.
It was a star-studded performance throughout with further goals from Coady via the penalty spot, Stephen Sama, Adam Morgan with substitute Toni Silva completing a marvelous victory for Rodolfo Borrell’s side.
And with the Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish impressed of what he saw, watching on from the Main Stand, the five-goal star along with 4 fellow youth team members were included in the first team squad which travelled to the Czech Republic for the Europa League last-32 tie against Sparta Prague.
Unbeaten in last 6 in premier league, picking 13 out of possible 18 points on the way, keeping 4 clean sheets in process, Liverpool and Anfield is buzzing again under the legend Kenny Dalglish. Languishing in the relegation zone under Roy the Reds have had an impressive run of positive results under King Kenny which have seen Liverpool move up to 6th position in the league standings, in process giving themselves an outside chance of finishing in top 4 this season.
Liverpool have started playing football again and the players starting to play to their potential again. Individually and collectively Liverpool are getting it right on the pitch and most the credit for this success has to go to Kenny Dalglish.
Below are the results under the legend Kenny Dalglish in the Premier League –
P 7 W 5 D 2 L 1 Pts 14 GS 11 GC 4 League Position 6
Liverpool 1 – 1 Wigan: Liverpool dropping two massive points at home against the Lactics.
Isn’t this impressive?. Liverpool can and will only get better from here on.
That’s all for now, from me Prathamesh goodbye.
Looking for our 5th successive win in the Premiership, Liverpool could only manage a draw against the relegation threaten Wigan at Anfield. The result not only ended Liverpool’s best run of successive 4 wins this season but also dented the Reds chances to stage a late comeback of finishing in top 4.
The match saw an impressive full debut of striker Luis Suarez with captain Steven Gerrard and Daniel Agger both unavailable for the match due to injuries.
The visitors started the game brighter and looked threatening in their attack going forward with Wigan’s two wide men N’Zorpia and Moses calling for Jamie and Skrtel to do some early defending. Liverpool never got going as there was a lot of incomplete passes early on the game. On the 24th minute eventually, Liverpool pressed forward as Aurelio’s deflected crossed found Raul Meireles in around the 16 yard from goal. The Portuguese internationally volleying with his right foot pass the Wigan goalkeeper to score his 5th goal in 6 matches importantly giving Liverpool the lead in the match. Suarez who looked impressive the whole match was a tag unfortunate not to get his second Liverpool goal in as many matches as his shot rebound off the goal post. Wigan looked exciting going forward the whole match and even after going to goal down they kept pressing and attacking the Liverpool goal. There were spells in the first half where Liverpool looked to press on but some poor understanding in the midfield and some lethargic passing meant the Liverpool went into the break only a goal to the good.
The story of second half was no different to the first as Wigan started the brighter of the two sides and looked more certain to score the equalizer. The inability to kill the game for good and not scoring the second meant Liverpool always gave Wigan to chance to come back into the game which they took in 65th minute when Gohouri scored from 2 yards from a pass from N’Zorpia. Liverpool conceding a goal for the first time after 4 games. Liverpool did create few chances after that and really went for the winner. Luis Suarez who saw his free kick rattled off the cross bar denied for the second time in the match importantly Liverpool which could have been the winner.
Overall it looked a very tired and exhausted performance by the players which could be understood due to the midweek international fixtures. Kelly once again had a bright game but the real talking point was the performance of Suarez and the fans couldn’t have asked for anything more what Suarez did through out the match. His work rate was impressive and was really unfortunate not to get atleast a goal if not two to his name. He certainly did enough to win the hearts of the Liverpool fans.
Liverpool has been impressive lately picking 14 out of 21 available points under King Kenny. The defense looks good with Liverpool clean sheet in 4 games under Kenny and going forward scoring 11. Liverpool must try to win and pick up as many points as possible till the end of the season to get the confidence and belief back in the players and the fans. It’s certainly looking good for Liverpool and I can only hope it would get better.
That’s all for me for now, until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.