Archive for February, 2011
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.
Steve Clarke joined Liverpool FC as first-team coach in Jan 2011, the day later Liverpool lost its 3rd round F.A. Cup tie to United. Kenny’s officially first signing under his second string as Liverpool manager was instrumental in getting Steve in the backroom staff team of Liverpool.
Steve Clark played over 500 games as a professional footballer for St Mirren and Chelsea. But he is well known as Assistant Manager to Jose Mourinhno when the Blues won two Premier League titles,an FA Cup and two Carling Cups over three seasons. He also has impressive experience as Assistant Manager at clubs like Newcastle United and West Ham United. He has worked with some great managers and his vast experience in premiership would certainly help Kenny Dalglish who has not managed a football team for over a decade.
The Liverpool defense have been in an impressive form of late. Now not conceding in 400 minutes of football, the defense looks far more assured, organized, confident than ever before this season with Jamie, Skytel and Agger together putting in an impressive performance in two matches running.
The defensive and the midfield display shown by Liverpool against Chelsea is the testimony of Steve starting using his vast experience and implementing his system on the training ground. All the hard work put in at Melwood is coming together now and its certainly paying dividends.
Its the same group of players which are been there since the start of the season but Liverpool looks a completely new team now with a lot of energy. The players are knowing whats exactly is expected out of them individually and collectively and its all clicking together. Liverpool have started playing very attractive and positive football and winning matches keeping the clean sheets – the way we should be winning them.
It all starts from the back and every team is built from its defense. Once the defense is working fine and stops conceding goals, the team always gives itself a chance to win matches and that’s exactly what Liverpool have done in last 4 games and have got the right results.
It’s up to Kenny, Sammy Lee and Steve to make it work now for the club and importantly for the fans. Its is all down to them that Liverpool have been playing attractive football and the team is certainly coming together under them. Liverpool can only get better as a team and continue to improve from here.
That’s all from me on this one. Until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.
He promised he would be getting the “Spirit of Shankly” back at Anfield and he has certainly done that in this short time.
Below are some of Kenny Dalglish very recent quotes –
“There is no one anywhere in the world at any stage who is any bigger or any better than this football club.” – Dalglish: No player bigger than Liverpool.
“For me personally I came here to win three points and if Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea Manager) had been playing up front I’d still have wanted the three points. The personnel and the opposition are not important to me. Whatever someone wants to do with their life, that’s entirely their choice. Our incentive was to get three points and that’s what we did and the only people who are important to me are those in red shirts”. – Kenny when pressed on Torres factor when Liverpool won against Chelsea in Feb 2011.
“Our supporters and fans are entitled to their opinions and know where the players’ loyalties lie. They have to show respect to this club.” – Liverpool fans mockery directed at Torres.
“The most important people are the people still at Liverpool and they always will be. Whatever someone else wants to do with their life, that’s their choice.” – Kenny on current group of players at Anfield.
“As this football club has always said, the most important people are the people who are at Liverpool Football Club and that is the way it will always be”. – Kenny on current group of players at Liverpool.
“I’m only doing what I said I would come in and do, which is help,” “I’ll never stand in the way of progress at this football club. I have never had a conversation with the owners beyond the conversation I had when I came in. “That’s where we stand at the moment and until there is more to discuss – that is where we are.” – Recent upsurge in fortunes has done Kenny’s chances of turning his short-term job into a more permanent one.
Liverpool recorded 4th consecutive win as Raul Meireles scored the winner at the Bridge for the Reds. Liverpool completed a League double over last season’s Champions Chelsea in process ruining the must talked about Fernando Torres‘ Chelsea debut against his former club.
Meireles scoring his 4th goal in 5 premier league games with Liverpool keeping their 4th consecutive sheet, not conceding a goal in more than 400 minutes of football now. A lot of credit for this must go to Steve Clarke and his coaching staff for putting in the efforts which have resulted in 4 consecutive clean sheets.
An outstanding defensive performance at display with Jamie, Agger and Syktel who were colossal at the back. Reina didn’t have much to do as none of their forwards had any kind of clear sight of Reina’s goal. Match winner Meireles, Gerrard and Lucas kept the Chelsea midfield quiet and in process allowed no time on the ball which resulted in no creativity in the midfield for something which has so often been the key to their success over recent years. Kuyt as usual worked really hard and been a lone striker against the likes of Terry and Ivanovic had a terrific game. Once again Kelly had an incredible game as he just keeps giving a good performances match after match under the new manager.
This was a superb team performance. Full of guile, determination and effort. Everyone – both playing and coaching staff – deserves credit for achieving a result which would not have seemed feasible just a few weeks ago.
Its has been a pleasure writing this article. Just loving and enjoying Liverpool play football again and optimistic about our chances of finishing 4th this season. That’s all from me on this one. Until next time from me Prathamesh goodbye.