Archive for January, 2011

Liverpool winning big at Molineux

Kenny Dalglish registered his first win after returning as  the Reds manager as an impressive Liverpool overpowered Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 at Molineux.

Buoyed by a much-improved attacking performance during last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Everton at Anfield, Liverpool traveled to Molineux aiming to secure all three points and get only their second away win this season.

In a scrappy first half on a very poor pitch the deadlock was finally broken on 36th minutes after Torres netting his first of the match and eight of the season, tapping in from close range after being setup by Raul Meireles. The Portuguese international (Raul Meireles) having given an attacking role in absence of Steven Gerrard got a brace himself after smashing a magnificent volley in the second half, scoring his second goal in two games and carrying his impressive showing from last weekend’s games against Everton. There were spells during the match where Wolves did threaten to score but the ever dependable Reina and good performance at the back kept Wolves at bay. With time running out and Wolves throwing men forward meant there were gaps created for Liverpool to exploit which what we did through our counter attack lead by Kuyt setting up Torres again for his second of the match and his ninth for the season.

Liverpool’s revival under Kenny started four games back at Old Trafford, having see improvements from players individually and collectively match after match. And even though the results in these matches did not go Liverpool’s way, Kenny finally saw this improved performance translated into a victory on Saturday, something which he and the Reds have been craving for sometime now.

With Liverpool back in top half of the table, we would be looking at pressing it from here on with get back into the European places. With the captain returning next match, Torres among the goals again, team putting in yet another good display and player like Suarez linked to Anfield, the KOP finally have something to look forward to from now.

That’s it from me on this one. See you at Anfield next time. Until then from me Prathamesh goodbye.

YNWA.

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Liverpool losing a real talent

Ryan Babel looks certain to leave Anfield to the Bundesliga side Hoffenheim. Believed to be in the range of 7 million euro, Ryan would be Germany for the medical and talking on personal terms before officially signing for his new club.

Joining Liverpool from his homeland club Ajax for 10 million euros in 2007, Babel never cemented his place in the Liverpool line-up with Rafa using him more as a substitute than a regular starter. Having failed to impress Rafa to get a regular first team chance, Babel’s Liverpool career never took off leaving him to sit out on the bench most of the times. With Roy coming in, Babel chances of making into the team became even for difficult as Roy preferred N’gog over him and never got a chance t0 play even as a substitute.

To be fair to Ryan, he never got a chance to establish himself in the team. Extremely limited opportunities meant he ended up scoring mere 22 goals with 146 appearances for the Reds over the period of 3+ years. These statistics are frankly not good enough. But it certainly does not tell the whole story. Even with Babel in the team Rafa looked at players like Voroman, Bellamy, Keane and N’gog to partner Torres up front and now Liverpool are looking at Suarez to be the strike partner with Fernando upfront.

I personally think Babel would be a big loss to Liverpool. With the new owners believe in investing in young, raw talent Babel certainly fits in that bill. And so really surprised we are letting him go. We haven’t seen the real Babel so far and now we may never see atleast in the Liverpool colours. The guy has pace, stamina and few tricks up his sleeve to cause enough headaches to any defense. The best youth player in 2006 from the Dutch academy, he could have been a big star for Liverpool if he was molded well and certainly if he was given more opportunities than what he got in his 3+ years at Anfield.

His best moment I believe would be his winner against United at the KOP end with Liverpool edging United 2-1 at Anfield back in 2008-2009 season.

Wishing well to Babel and thanking him for his services to Liverpool FC. He himself loves the club the tradition and ofcourse the fans. He would certainly be missing all this now and we as fans would certainly miss him too.

Thats it from me. Until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.

YNWA

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A thrilling Merseyside derby

Kenny Dalglish homecoming as a manager of Liverpool FC for the second time was marked by a trilling and highly entertaining 215th Merseyside derby which saw the two city rivals share the points at the end of the match. The blue side of the Merseyside would certainly be delighted with the result, as for the Reds it was another missed opportunity to take all 3 points.

We would be certainly ruining for not taking the changes in the first half which saw Liverpool dominate from the 1st minute. A bit of bad luck and some very bad finishing meant Liverpool went into the break only 1-0 up where we should have scored atleast 3 goals by then. Second half an resurgent Everton hit back hard not only to equalize but also to take the lead in the match. A corner which resulted in the equalized was suppose to be a goal kick which the referee and the linesmen both got it wrong. With the momentum with Everton they rallied and scored the second and looked very likely to create an upset at Anfield. We kept pressing thought and kept creating changes and were rewarded for our positive football when we got a penalty after Maxi was brought down by Everton goal keeper. Kuyt keeping his cool fired the ball pass the Everton goal keeper at the KOP end to send the Anfield buzzing again. After that it was difficult to break down Everton and the match ended 2-2 with two teams sharing the points.

It was nice to see Meireles scoring his first goal as a Liverpool player. Spearing, Babel, Pacheco and Shelvey getting into the team with Spearing and Shelvey both having  a good game for Liverpool. I was hoping to see Babel at some point of the match but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The team shape was good and collectively Liverpool showed a lot of aggression going forward and played some good positive football through out the match.

Overall I think we had more shots and more clear-cut chances and possibly we could say we deserved more from the game. But we can only take this form to the next game and get a positive result in that one.

That’s all from me on this one. Enjoyed the match and Kenny’s first home game as Liverpool Manager after two decades. Until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.

YNWA

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The Merseyside Derby

“If Everton were playing down the bottom of my garden, I’d draw the curtains.” …Bill Shankly

Knowing Kenny as a player, he would have had no different view to this too. Kenny would not have asked for a better fixture to take charge of Liverpool at Anfield against our merseyside rivals Everton. What to fixture for Kenny to register his first win as Liverpool manager coming back and managing Liverpool after two decades. The two city rivals go into the game with equal points knowing a win would not only help get them in top half of the table but to get one over the city rivals would be an amazing result in itself.

Liverpool go into the game w/o our influential captain Gerrard with Torres form again holding the key for Liverpool. Seeing a better collective team performance against United and Blackpool earlier last week suggest we are definitely better prepared to take on Everton today. Even for the new owners, its their first merseyside derby only to know how important it is to win a derby.

If ever anyone wants to see what Anfield atmosphere is like one shouldn’t miss this game as Anfield would be buzzing today, the KOP would make themselves heard again signing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” through out the game.

This is Anfield“…and as the great Bill Shankly once famously  said…”it is for our lads to know whom they are playing for and for our opponents to know whom they are playing against“.

My prediction 2-0 home win for my Liverpool.

That’s all from me on this one. See you next time. Until then from me Prathamesh goodbye.

YNWA

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Wright slams Dalglish and Reds fans

Ian Wright believes that both Liverpool fans and Kenny Dalglish were unfair in how they treated Roy Hodgson…..”” (source espnstar.com) link below –

http://www.espnstar.com/home/news/detail/item561727/Wright-slams-Dalglish-and-Reds-fans/#

I really don’t understand why an ex-Arsenal player is talking so much about Liverpool, our manager and our form. He should rather be looking at his own club first. What has Arsenal achieved under Arsene all these years. Liverpool have at least managed to qualify for two champions league finals, winning it once, won the F.A. Cup, the Community Shield, Europa Super Cup, ran united close for premier league title, played in the finals of the League cup, played in two semi finals in Europe (1 in Champions League and 1 in Europa League). All this in last 5  years. What has Arsenal managed ?

 

“If the Anfield board feel Dalglish is the right man now, you have to wonder why they did not think he was six months ago”,

It was the previous management/board at Anfield that appointed Roy and not the current owners. The new owners took over the club 2-3 months after Roy’s appointment. And yes, I still believe somewhere Roy Hodgson was a sensible appointment for Liverpool when he came in last summer at a time when the club was being sold but unfortunately things did not work out as he was unable to improve the players he had at his disposal either individually or collectively. I also think the new owners handled Roy’s departure in a very professional manner and made an extremely dignified statement respecting Roy as a manager and keeping the values and integrity of the club.

 

“I believe it was wrong of Kenny not to at least try to help Hodgson….,”

Kenny has a good relationship with Roy and the pair have been friends before the former manager’s appointment at Anfield. Kenny was always there for Hodgson during his tenure and spoke well of him after he went, declaring that everyone at the club could have done more. He attended every game at Anfield during Roy’s time. In-fact, Kenny along with some of other legends of Liverpool came out couple of days before Roy’s resignation and ask the fans to get behind Roy and the team. The fact is Roy gave his best, unfortunately it was not good enough, that’s it.

 

“So, despite Dalglish’s attempts, I think Torres could be off……”.

In case of Liverpool, our captain Steven Gerrard is being linked with top clubs in Europe for past 5 years now and he has still shown commitment to Liverpool all this time. We have been able to attract talents like Morientes, Keane, Reina, Kuyt, Joe Cole (choosing Liverpool over Arsenal this very summer) and Fernando Torres to this club and now Steve Clarke joining us just proves we can attract big names even today.  Even if Torres goes, we have Gerrard, Reina and others. He is an important player for us but no player is bigger than the club and certainly not Fernando Torres. No doubt few faces would definitely come in any case.

I think Wright should be more worried about his team, Arsenal losing Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. How many players have Arsenal attracted even after been so consistent all these years. For that matter how many player have Arsenal managed to retain in last 5 years. Veira, Henry, Reyes, Hleb, Adebayor,  academy graduates Flamini, Toure all have left Arsenal. And now possibly Arsenal w/o Cesc …. GOD bless you people.

 

“Liverpool should be happy if they finish in the top 10 and anything else will be a bonus……”

Liverpool will finish 10th and win the Europa Cup Mr. Wright and with that win its 7th silverware since 2006. As for Arsenal, they would finish in top 4 and win nothing at end of the season, 6th year in a row and not a single trophy and silverware won. All the best.

YNWA

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Spirited performance in a losing cause

Any fairytale return of Kenny Dalglish back on Liverpool bench was quickly brushed aside at Old Trafford with United scoring the only goal of the game in the very 2nd minute through a controversial penalty.

It was pretty naive of Agger to stick his leg out on the United forward but Berbatov made the most of the situation and got referee Webb awarding a penalty. As the action replayed Webb certainly fell for that and got it all wrong. The penalty was certainly a joke. But as if this one was not enough the referee made another blunder half an hour into the match when he gave the matching order to Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard. The two footed challenge on Darren Fetcher meant a straight red and Liverpool down to 10 men, a goal down at Old Trafford. Probably, this one it was 50-50 for me but when we see the replay, Gerrard did go in with both feet off the ground, but he got Fetcher and won the ball at the same time. I felt it was very harsh on him to get a straight red. Needless to say, everyone has accepted referees to be bias to United at least at Old Trafford. It been happening for years now and that would not change at least till Sir Alex is around. (lets not get into that argument…)

But as for our lads, it was a very spirited performance from them. Its a shame pundits, commentators and others failed to acknowledge the excellent defensive display by Liverpool through out the match. They are surprised with 1-0 scoreline only as they thought United should have finished Liverpool off, but the credit should be given to Liverpool for having an excellent defensive game. On the back, Liverpool were compact with the goalkeeper  marshaling this defensive line really nicely. United created nothing, absolutely nothing the whole game or should I say well done to Liverpool midfielders like Merieles and Lucas that did not allow any creativity in the midfield. Frankly, I don’t remember Reina been testing the whole of the remaining first half apart from that 2nd minute penalty and only twice in the second half. Keeping the scoreline to 1-0 meant Liverpool always gave themselves a chance to come back into the match and introduction Babel and later on N’Gog showed Liverpool’s positive intent, believing in turning the game around. For me Liverpool’s man of the match was Dirk Kuyt who worked his socks off the whole match playing this midfield role and also trying to link up with Torres up front in absence of Steven Gerrard.

Personally I felt Liverpool missed out on an opportunity get their biggest result of this season. But with a man down for more than 60 minutes, one really couldn’t ask for any more than this from the players. Making the United goal keeper work 5-6 times in second half including in the 89th minute header from Agger, showed the positive intent Livepool’s showed the whole of the match. Team played like a unit, players taking responsibility of the situations and creating a lot of chances throughout the game. My favorite, Kelly running around and past Evra on the right and almost giving Torres a perfect pass to score the goal.

Liverpool performance which we fans saw last evening was so different to some of them in the past. Nice to see players like Kelly, Babel and Danny Wilson (thought he never got a chance to play) getting into the team. If this is what we are going to see from now on, I would rest assure that Liverpool would start winning sooner and we would be seeing the free flowing Liverpool again.

Somewhere the players played a great game for Kenny, they were really up for it. As for Kenny as usual, made sure the players give all that they have for the fans. Liverpool may have been defeated, but the spirit is seen among the team and taking all this positives from the game it would be only a matter of time Liverpool would start winning again. Well done Liverpool for a good performance indeed.

That’s all for me on this one, until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.

YNWA

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Kenny Dalglish: Return of the Legend

Roy Hodgson walks out of Liverpool FC to pave the way for – The return of Liverpool legend – Kenny Dalglish. An inspirational figure and a man with the vision, Kenny lives, eats and breathes Liverpool FC football.

Well, legend is the word that has always been over used most of the times, but Kenny is truly a legend at Liverpool FC as a player and as a manager. He is easily the best player we have had in our history and an iconic figure, a great ambassador for this great club and someone who have dedicated all his football career and most of his life to Anfield.

Kenny has come back after two decades since the last time he left Anfield winning the League in 1990. His 10 glorious years at Anfield has seen him signing for Liverpool FC for the then record British signing and winning no fewer than 17 trophies as a player and manager. Importantly instrumental in making Liverpool FC the most successful and decorated club in English football till date.

There would be improvement under Kenny Dalglish there is no question about it. To start with, straight away you have got the fans, KOP behind him and the players, the team and that is so so important. Kenny would be looking at winning as many matches as possible from now till the end of the season and if Liverpool FC qualify for Europe through Champions or Europa League then great. The good thing is Kenny would be stepping straight over from his ambassadorial role. So he knows the players, been working with the academy closely and knows the set up straight away.

Kenny loves the club and someone who wants to take the job at least till the end of the season. His hunger, obsession, desperation (you call it what you want) to win  is enough to motivate, inspire and bring the confidence back within the team. Whatever be the outcome at the end of the season one thing is guaranteed that we are going to see Liverpool playing quality entertaining football once again. Anfield would start buzzing again, The KOP would be there behind the manager and the team and Spirit of Shankly would be seen once again at Anfield.

See you next time. Until then from me Prathamesh good bye.

YNWA

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