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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.

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)

It was a convincing win for Liverpool last night against PSV. And the best part was, they were playing in Holland. A good 3-1 result will certainly put the players in a good mood ahead of next weekend’s clash against Hull City at home.

The Reds fell behind with much controversy after it was clear the PSV player was a yard offside. But Babel who returned to the side headed home the equalizer right at the end of 1st half to give the Reds a breathing space. Second half goals from Riera and N’gog put Liverpool out of reach and top of the table as Atheletico Madrid only managed to draw blanks at Marseille.

3 academy players were drafted last night and got to play in the Champs league, Kelly, Martin and Spearing put a brave performance which is always nice to see. Babel under fire of late was effective on the right. Keane looked lively ahead and gave 100% although he didnt manage to get in the scoresheet. Cavalieri was between the sticks after Reina was given his day off and Lucas partnered Mascherano in the engine room as Gerrard and Alonso were on the bench.

News certainly popped up again this week over unrest for a few of the Liverpool players. Babbel apparently requested for a loan spell to Ajax to get 1st team football and so does Benayoun. Well January is just around the corner and as to whether we are going to see players coming in or going out is yet to be seen. My feeling is that somebody very familiar is going to be lined up…i wont say any names…but im sure we have fun memories of “Bruno”….if you guys know who i mean… 🙂

No im not being fickle but i talked to an Audi sales agent today and the A4 will only be arriving in Brunei today (after a long anticipated wait). I still think the dodge is a mean car but A4 offers a different agenda totally. I only know the fact that Audi’s engine was voted as the best engine this year and thats about it.

People fancied the sleek body design compared to the old one and i do have to agree that it can be deemed as BMW 3 series and Merc C class range nemesis. And rightly so. The new A4 is wider, longer and the interior gives out a more accomplished look compared to the beemer and the merc.

So i have lined up myself for a test drive next tuesday to check out the new A4. This should be interesting. Cant wait to feel the car as to whether it will talk to me or not. 🙂

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i like white in an A4

Today i read Benitez’s comments on unleashing the Gerrard/Torres partnership again starting this week’s clash against the french outfit Marseille. I for one can only think of one thing and one thing only, Liverpool’s attacking threat is not sharp enough. Gerrard and Torres scored some 54 goals between them last season and that was a clear indication that this duo can rack up a huge tally of goals for the club.

So what does that mean? No place for the “ineffective” Keane on the side. No disrespect for the irishman but he was guilty of squadering chances after chances (especially with the Fulham game) and that might signalled the 4-5-1 formation for Liverpool where Gerrard floats just under Torres. Benitez might have to abandon the 4-4-2 formation in order for the deadly duo to come into effect. Keane has been hugely ineffective to me (except for the time when he scored twice against West Brom where he looked lively and hungry) this season. For someone his calibre, he should be more deadly in and around the penalty box.

robbie_keane_784240cKeane – still not sharp enough (telegraph.co.uk)

I can imagine how Benitez must have felt when drawing against Fulham at home. A few chances gone begging and failed to leapfrog Chelsea (who drew against Newcastle at the Bridge) and now we still level on points. Benitez must have sleepless nights thinking about how his strikers or players could not convert the chances into goals. Fulham should have been dead and out.

What surprises everybody was the inclusion of Lucas who played full time. Ok, fair enough the players had international duty to go to last week but Lucas was not sharp enough for the game. I still doubt this capabilities sometimes because he looked like he was not in the mood and not hungry enough to play during the Fulham game. This is evident when he kept on loosing the ball and stray passes in the middle of the park. So Lucas should have been substituted earlier for Alonso and keeping Mascherano on the field.

So Gerrard and Torres back in the old system. A mouth watering combination that would make any defenders worry..sounds good to me as long as they are not injured. YNWA!

I have been guilty for not posting as much lately and i have a perfectly good reason why i was AWOL. Thats because my mate from UK came over to visit me for 3 weeks and time does not permit me to spend in front of the PC / Laptop that much. Plus i had no internet connection for weeks on end as well. So most of my thoughts went away just like that without me being able to put it up in this blog.

Anyway, Liverpool FC chalked up another victory last night against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. That allowed the Reds to keep their unbeaten streak in all competition this season. Something very impressive and puts Liverpool on top of the Premier League. (and lets just hope it stays like that until the rest of the season)

Alonso put Liverpool ahead in the 10th minute after his shot was deflected into the net by Bosingwa. Gerrard, Kuyt, Babel (who came on later in the 2nd half) and Riera all had chances to put the game to bed and they had shots off targets and saved by Cech in the Chelsea defense. Chelsea never looked like they’re going to score apart from Ashley Cole’s wide effort although they controlled most of the proceedings. Kudos to the Liverpool backline marshalled by Carragher, Agger, Arbeloa and Aurelio who made Chelsea’s attack so normal. We had to work ahrd in the end to keep the scoreline intact. But then again, we all have to work hard until the end of the season anyway if we’re gonna have any chance of winning the title this year. Next game…Pompey at Anfield…YNWA!

Thats my goal – Alonso claimed the only goal Vs Chelsea at the Bridge

Yes we did beat Everton over the weekend and no i wasnt utterly satisfied with Liverpool’s performance. We beat them by 2 goals courtesy of Torres i know and contrary to what Gerrard said that its their best performace this season so far, to me i think we could still further improve. We could have work out a few more details on the game. Liverpool could have utilised on their chances in the 1st half. Could have gone ahead by a goal or two.

I guess the reason why i’m so critical about Liverpool’s games these days are because of the games like we had last week against Stoke where we only managed to a draw from the new boys. Games like those we need to win easily to gain the needed points and plug away from the rest of the premier league contenders.

Look Ma…i can fly!…(Torres)

I guess i can be thankful that we managed to beat our rival thanks to Torres’s brace and points are already in the bag. Standard wise, we still need to sharpen our attacks and awareness. We need to be hungrier and hunt the opposition down to their hole until they cant even get out of their penalty box.


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