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This is a good video. A glorious night for Liverpool when they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on the 14th of March 2009. We did a double over them and their biggest loss. A brilliant night for all the Reds supporters all around the world…4-1 mate!!!! You’ll Never Walk Alone

All Liverpool fans must have thought it was worth it to wake up at 4 a:m (Brunei time) just to watch the second leg of the Champions League game between Liverpool and Real Madrid. The hype and news leading to the big game was so immense that for neutrals must have thought that either Real is going to make a stunning come back or Liverpool to stamp their authority in this competition.

When UEFA released the list of top clubs in Europe, Liverpool came out on top. It sounded like Benitez had to prove a point to the other clubs as to why they are number one in Europe and what better way to show it to the rest of the world by kicking Real out of the competition with an astounding 4-0 scoreline. Benitez demanded respect and for sure Liverpool will get it. Forget Bayern’s thumping of Sporting Lisbon (aggregate 12-1). Sporting has never been the power house of Champions League in the modern era. Obviously Bayern is going to come out as winners between the two. But Liverpool and Real? Now thats a serious talking point.

Both are giants. Both won the games in record breaking times. Los Blancos or the Galacticos as they were better known in their hey day could prove to be tricky on their day. They have players that could churn out victories out from their own pockets. Attacks and Defences are all star studded. Liverpool are made up of workers, headed by their talismanic skipper Gerrard and Torres playing up front. Ramos came out to the press and said they are going to play Liverpool off the field and attack. Deep inside one could hear the distant echo that it could prove to the one of the deciding factors for him as to whther his contract is going to extended or not. And the Real board must be thinking twice after that embarrasing defeat, not to meantion both legs, by Liverpool.

I dont need to say anything much about Liverpool. For those of you who watched the game early this morning or the re-run would sum up the game last night as emphatic, solid, strong, clinical and a genius footballing masterstroke. And rightly so as to why Liverpool is on top of the UEFA list of best football clubs. now lets head down to the M56 and grind out another great result against Man U. You’ll Never Walk Alone!!

I had to drag myself out of bed this morning as I was watching the big game last night with my fellow Brunei Reds at our HQ in Rimba. It was a game against Chelsea. Having already beaten them at the Bridge this season, Liverpool went into this game with intention of securing their first victory of 2009 after consecutive draws in January.

There were huge turnout last night at our HQ as members wanna witness the big game and see if the Reds can overturn their fortune this year. Liverpool started with the effective line up that was deployed last season as Gerrard playing the supporting role behind Torres. Liverpool started off brightly between the two as Alonso tested Cech on goal with a a fierce drive. Macherano also tested Cech with a low drive which Cech failed to handled comfortable. Unfrtunately there were no Liverpool players in hand to pounce on the loose ball.

Lampard’s dismissal in the second half opened the game even more. I am very sure that on some quarters the sending off of lampard was uncalled for. But Mike Riley was at the spot and he had to make a decision right there and then. Out came the red card and off Lampard went. Chelsea might think its unfair but try putting yourself in Mr Riley’s shoes, refereeing one of the biggest match and on the spot light. If it were to happen to us, we’d probably say ” come one ref…he got the ball first”. It was easier for us because we were not there.

Liverpool finally got their break late in the second half when Alex, who performed admirably well throughout the game left Torres by probably an inch to allow the Spanish striker to head acutely into the net beating Cech. And then Benayoun’s pressure on Cole presented Torres an easy tap in for the second of the night late in injury time. Two mistakes and two goals. The double over Chelsea was completed. YNWA!

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Torres brace against Chelsea moved Liverpool up to second.

Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei played their 1st game of the year today when they took on Pelambayan FC at the SOASC Field at the capital. It was another try out session for most of the new members that just signed in to the supporters club. A total of 43 players turned up for the try out session and me and sufian were having a hard time to identify who is who. I can tell you this much though that there are a lot of midfielders available for the team. There were basically little challenge for left and right back positions.

The best bit about today’s game was not just about the result (which we won 6-1) but also the fact that there were 2 13 year olds who wanted to join the tryout. When we looked at them getting ready with their new boots, we felt encouraged and proud at the same time that these new kids have the hearts to try their luck. Although they only played at the end of the 2nd half, we feel that these kids are unpolished gems. We need to nuture them more and get them involved in big games for their exposure and experience. After all they’ll need it to become better players.

New faces came and filled in. We wanted to have a look out at any new prospects for the main squad. Indeed there were some bright players on the field just now. Now it is just the matter of making sure they’ll get together and work as a strong unit. We are confident that we can achieve this soon after seeing them play just now, they have what it takes to be in the main squad. Liverpool Supporters Club Brunei will get stronger by the day….You’ll Never Walk Alone!

And the verdict is….*shrugs*

Yes. Benitez retaliated yesterday by making comments on what Sir Alex said earlier over the championship pressure and fixtures. I am not going to elaborate here on what Senor Benitez said during the press conference yesterday but he said that he just did not wanna get embroiled in the mind games sat up by Sir Alex. But as for some quarters of the footballing fans, they thought that Sir Alex is already winning in the mind games. Whoever made any remarks on Sir Alex’s comments will definitely get sucked in and slowly fighting a loosing battle. Thats what they all said.

I for one do not think Benitez is stupid enough to make those verbal attacks on Sir Alex, not because i’m biased, i stood outside the circle when it comes to this and see where this issue lies. Knowing Benitez, he usually does not make any long comments about other teams. but this time he sat down with his homework done…armed with incidents happening over the past few years.

True, Sir Alex is the master when it comes to playing mind games, that i have to agree because he’s been doing it for the past 20 years and he always came up on top in each and every mind game. Keegan, Maurinho, Wenger all sucked in before (with the exception of Houllier when he failed to beat Liverpool when he was at the helm). Sir Alex is a master class coach with a wit that surpassed every EPL managers. Am i allowed to say that considering i am a die hard Liverpool fan? why not? I think i speak the truth. He proved it. But It is about time somebody should stand up and point out where the real issues lie and Benitez has just done that yesterday.

I dont see anything wrong with what Benitez said because he gathered all his information ever since he first landed the job at Liverpool. Sir Alex is a masterclass but Benitez is just a perfectionist and an idealist.  A man who is excellent in managing a football team, a tactician and ruthless when it comes to football planning. I salute Benitez for his courage and its true, everybody should look ahead and see what is truly happening in English football. Cant we just get along and play the beautiful game instead?…rather than playing mind games, its better that football teams do their talking on the pitch than in match conference.

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Benitez…pointing out the truth?

(image courtesy of independent.co.uk)

Considering i just purchased a new lens from E-bay, i think i have made a good purchase in getting the Cosina wide telephoto lens. The 28-300mm f/4-6.3 lens is considered to be one of the top notch brand. I did ask about the lens and so far all of them have never heard of the brand before. Mind you, these people that i asked only made photography as their hobby for the last 3 to 5 years the max. So yea, i dont think they have heard of Cosina before.

Why i bought it? I was looking for a wide angle zoom lens, so other than the Sigma lens, Cosina fell into that category. Plus the deal was great so i knew that i did not have to think twice about getting it. The result was simply marvelous.

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Rugged and steady built…Cosina lens

The bit i like about this lens is the rubber grip that is as big as the Indian Ocean. It gives me more control and less shake. The retractable zoom is a bonus and clarity does not need to be mentioned here in this blog. Go ahead google it. I simply dont wanna put any words here because other companies / people have been reviewing it as well. And i can assure you, they have been impressed with the lens. So far, i have acquired 3 different lenses and i love them all…booyah!!!

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