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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)

Certainly a very hard pill to swallow. Liverpool’s lost at white Hart Lane brought us back to the ground. It was rather unjust and some what unclucky to team and to the supporters after dominating much of the proceedings. We played brilliantly the whole throughout the game (for the exception of a Carragher own goal and defensive mishap that lead to Pavyluchenko’s winning goal in the 90th minute). That was a sucker punch.

Me on a personal note, kept on believing that we could crawl our way back into the game and managed a draw. Thats the fighting spirit that all Liverpool players have (evidences were there in the previous games). I never stopped having faith in the players and trust that they will keep on attacking until the man in black (or yellow or green) in the middle of the park blows his whistle.

There is no point in me talking about how Liverpool had numerous chances to score goals because the game ended days ago. Its true what senor Benitez’s saying, its time to look ahead to the next fixture which is home to Athletico Madrid for the Champions League 2nd round phase. We do hope that the Reds will bounce back after that demoralizing defeat at Spurs. We are made to be champions and champions must crawl their way back from the dead….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.

Liverpool should have buried the game yesterday and woke Tony Pulis up to the rude Premiership awakening. Squandered chances, bad controls, wrong decisions, bad timings all contributed to the scoreless draws, plus Stoke City defended with 11 men behind the ball. They hardly even have shots on target; in fact they have no shots on targets.

This is the time when the supporters start to over analyze the game and give their views on what happened on the pitch. Amazingly, the Reds did manage to put the ball past Sorensen in goal but it was not counted. Direct, indirect, offside, foul whatever the reason was, it baffled most of the supporters last night, and I am sure Gerrard felt the same way as well. The celebration lasted only a minute.

Now come to the critical point. Liverpool played a 4-4-2 system, trying to accommodate Keane to play alongside Torres up front. Obviously we have been playing this set up since the beginning of the season and pundits and football fanatics alike have been criticizing this formation. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out that Liverpool have been struggling to beat Standard Liege over the 2 legs, scraped a win away at the Stadium of Light, a late show against Boro after falling a goal down, an inspired Gerrard brace at Stade Velodrome against Marseille and 150% work effort against Man Utd. Now we only have to look at those games. Have we been effective in this 4-4-2 set up compared to the 4-5-1 formation last season. We discussed this amongst our so called “local pundits” after the game that Senor Benitez (no disrespect to you sir) wants to play a 4-4-2 because he wants to accommodate Keane up front with Torres. The partnership is still not working which resulted in lack of goals coming in and this act as a catalyst to the supporters getting impatient. Being the supporters, we do expect Liverpool to mount serious challenges in all fronts and this is not how we want to do it. Not being able to beat the team 2nd from bottom is just not acceptable to Liverpool standards.

Sacrifices have to be made. I think Benitez of all people should know that he cannot make every player happy. Somebody must be benched in order to make sure Liverpool have the edge over any opponents. The back end of last season proved this. We were unbeaten in so many games that if we played that way from the beginning of the season we could have or should have been the Champions. Forget about the mercurial form of Ronaldo last season. Let us look ahead now to the Everton game next week. We demand Liverpool players to be more clinical, hungry, strong and fast in the remaining games of the Premier League. We all know its only been a few games, but we must be realistic, if we want to be the Champions this year, performance like last night is just simply not acceptable.

a classic video…simply love it!


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