Archive for September, 2008

September 30, 2008 · by Steven McMillan · Champions League

Matchday 2 is here already football fans and tomorrow Dutch champions PSV travel to fortress Anfield for a serious ass-whooping. The second best team in the Eredivise have been leaking goals and don’t quite look like the team they did only a few seasons back. They’ve lost alot of their best players and their defence in particular has been looking a bit shaky. This should be perfect pickings for our misfiring strikeforce (our Spanish boy wonder excluded) to bag a few well deserved goals.

Rafa has worked hard (as he usually does) to distance himself from the “favourites” tag for what is going to be his 250th game in charge of the club. He might want to distance himself from the media speculation but I’m going to come out and say it’s going to be a right kicking. There might be no easy games in the Champions League (cliché!) but a win is in the cards. For one of the first times this season, the Gaffer is able to call on the entire squad and I can see a few changes coming in after our cruise control win over at that sewer we played in a few days back.

In other news, former defender Jan Kromkamp now thinks we’re a class side. Wasn’t it just a season or two back that he was calling us rubbish & disorganized? Maybe he forgot, but I haven’t. Douche.

September 27, 2008 · by Steven McMillan · Premier League

Derby wins are always something special and today was no exception. A double from Torres ended his barren spell in front of the net and set the Bitters into absolute fits of rage. Right after the Blue half was chanting “Who Are Ya?” at him, we hit top form and the Spanish masterclass churned out 2 goals in 4 minutes.

A 2-0 away win is a good result in any game but in a derby, it means bragging rights until the next meeting. I was quite a ways off on my squad picks with Alonso playing instead of Macherano, Agger still hasn’t hit the first team & Riera taking the place of Babel. Seriously though, I can’t complain one bit. Alonso had a great game, Riera showed some tricks & Skertel is an absolute monster. Martin was involved in some, shall we say, questionable situations this afternoon. All I can say is that he was lucky not to walk away with at least a caution.

graph3.jpgWe might be stuck on 999 premiership goals. Stevie might not have hit for his 100th goal in a club shirt but it was still a game to remember. One of the high points (besides Carragher clearing off the line) is the fact that our shooting has definitely improved. With (15) total shots, (5) of them hit the net. For fucks sake, (2) of them went in! It’s hard to do better than that. Some serious work needs to be done to improve our shots on goal percentage but this is a step in the right direction.

“Look out! It’s Louis SaHA-HA-HA-HA!”

(zore)

torres.jpgNo doubt in my (or anyones mind) who should be Man of the Match. Torres grabbed the game by the cojones and showed his class. If Mike Riley was a better ref, he would of had a hat trick and the Liverpool’s 1000th Premiership goal. Keane and Torres showed a little more promise and the formers cross to the latter was bang on perfect. This is first goal Torres has scored with Keane still on the pitch and I have no doubt it won’t be the last. But then again, what do I know? I’m just a dumb Canadian. I should probably be blogging about hockey or something.

In other news, Rooney can string together 3 words. I was a bit surprised too.

September 26, 2008 · by Steven McMillan · Premier League

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Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

-Calvin Coolidge

I think it’s time for a slaughter. NEverton’s defence has been leakier than the SS Minnow since the season started and our strikers are due to for a real massacre. We did the double over them last season and I have no reason to believe that we won’t do it all over again. Rafa is a crafty little bastard and relishes occasions like this. This is one of the most hotly contested derbies in the world and I highly doubt it’s going to disappoint.

Torres only has one goal. Keane still hasn’t scored. Kuyt dosen’t even know what the net looks like let alone how to hit it. It’s time to turn up the heat in a big, big way. Forget all that. Everything goes out the window on derby day and even the lowliest peon can be a hero. Both Moyes & Rafa are saying that Gerrard is the key. What a perfect occasion to score your 100th club goal. We know Stevie is going be out there and this is who else I think is going to make that starting line up:

Reina

Dossena

Agger

Arbeloa

Carragher

Gerrard

Babel

Mascherano

Keane

Torres

Kuyt

I try not to watch shitty teams (unless we’re playing them) so I can proudly admit that I have yet to see the BlueShite play this season. The third best team on Merseyside is so far winless at home this year and here’s to hoping they don’t improve on that record tomorrow. They must be sick and tired of being second rate at this point.

In other news, WHAT THE FUCK?

September 24, 2008 · by Steven McMillan · Capital One Cup

Nothing less than a win would of been acceptable and the Reds did not disappoint. 2-1 isn’t the best scoreline, it didn’t hold a candle to the 6-0 drubbing the Arsenal kids ran out, but it was acceptable none the less. Rafa might not be that happy but a win is a win. Maybe we needed a third goal. Maybe we needed a fourth. Maybe we should just be happy we scored after that dour game against Stoke. Who knows?

My calls for Daniel Agger to get back into the squad payed out in spades as he slotted a beautiful free kick home and was a general nuisance to the Crewe strikers all night long. Lucas made up for his shoddy display in the Champions League by playing a solid game & ultimately scoring the winner. Smiles all around. Pennant was the only real surprise to be the in squad last night and he made a strong showing for a first team recall. He’s a winger and Kuyt is not. We’ll have to see what happens.

Next up we’ve got a long trip across Stanley Park to visit that other, far less successful team in town. God knows we’re all looking forward to that one.

steven.

September 22, 2008 · by Steven McMillan · Capital One Cup

Well football fans, it’s Carling Cup time. The mighty Crewe Alexandria (Quick! Name someone who plays for them!) are coming to Anfield. So batten down the hatches and get ready for an absolute onslaught of awesomeness. Coming off a 4-3 loss to Southend (Quick! Name someone who plays for them!), Crewe might actually plan on coming forward and looking for a result. The Reds went goaless on Saturday against Stoke so we’re going to be looking for a serious result . diego_cavalieri.jpg

The Carling Cup (rubbish beer by the way) is a great opportunity to bloody some youngsters and “fringe players” so we can expect the normal mixed bag of nuts that Rafa always throws out for these fixtures. The only thing we know for sure is that Cavalieri is going to be starting between the sticks. Pick your team on Fantasy Rafa and see if you can do better than your humble blogger.

Cavalieri

Degan

Hyypia

Agger

Insua

El Zhar

Leiva

Plessis

Riera

Ngog

Keane

Looks like Kuyt isn’t expecting too much as he both apologized for not scoring on Saturday and said that we’re going to see more teams not coming forward when they come to Anfield. Sounds like damage control to me! Both him and Keane need to get the proverbial ball rolling. Six games in and neither of them have a goal. Hit the net kids! I think Rafa drafting in Ngog into the team might be a bit of a wakeup if the Frenchman get’s on the score sheet and they don’t. Here’s to hoping he can light a fire underneath the two of them.

In other news, this is a whole lotta smoke! Somewhere, Snoop Dogg is crying.

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