Archive for March, 2010

A Time for Frustration?

Posted in Liverpool with tags , , on 28/03/2010 by freshpr1nce

You may ask what the heading is all about. You may wonder why I’m a little frustrated after such a great team performance.

Let me explain!

Today I thought we were fantastic against Sunderland. What really struck me about the performance was the confidence we played with! Given our season so far they [liverpool] could be excused if they were a little uncertain and cautious. However once again [my first frustration] Rafa allowed the team to play, with, not only the team choice, but also the formation. Yes, it’s disappointing for Aquilani, given his last performance, but Stevie was in an area he was comfortable with. Don’t get me wrong he is world class off Torres, but I don’t enjoy two holding midfielders behin. Personally I would have Mascherano and Aquilani behind them, (and that’s not a criticism of Lucas as he’s been good this season).

What really struck me about the performance today, and again it was fantastic (have I said that enough yet?), was the 1 touch passing. It was beautiful! We even had some backheelers in there! Yes, that’s a confidence issue but that was the REAL Liverpool we all know and love! And we do don’t we? We all love Liverpool with a passion! Yes we have different views but that’s why we love them and why football is great! The movement and passing today was just PERFECT!

Admittedly we could have scored more, admittedly Torres could have had 6! Admittedly it’s great when ol big nose and the legend are laughing because we missed a chances, but it was lovely football today! We didn’t worry who we were playing, we played the Liverpool way… ATTACK, ATTACK, ATTACK!

That leads me to my second frustration! I know the players can do it (yes ok we need better players which involves what we don’t have! Money), we all know the players can do it, In all honesty, I truely believe Rafa knows they can do it, so why haven’t we done this all season. I acknowledge the injuries, and the fact that there’s not been many chances for Rafa to choose his best team, but for me, regardless of who is available, to give them the freedom and allow them to play and attack makes the difference and males all the off the field issues pallatable.

Anyway, we were great today, and bring on Benfica.

Away from the game I am also frustrated! We are the most successful club in the premiership (here’s hoping Chelsea or Arsenal win the league! And I hate saying that!) we are being ruined by the yanks! We have great support and Spirit of Shankly are doing their best with protests, posters and sit ins etc. But where’s the coverage? Non on sky! Despite the fact you could hear it in the background, there was no focus (unless I missed it?). The effort and hard work involved derserves more. We as fans deserve more! I guess that’s the anti Liverpool press for you!

Anyway, all round I am a happy Liverpool fan tonight, as, for the third time in four games I saw the true Liverpool, (it would have been 4 from 4 if a certain ref not got himself involved… And I believe that), creative, attacking, and confident football….I love it!

Here hoping Rafa continues this approach!

I hope I have explained and justified my frustrations?

Please comment as to whether to agree or disagree. This is my third blog and I would like your feedback.

I would also like you to leave you with one further statment…..

“Steve Bruce he’s got a beach ball for a head” LMFAO

A time for reflection!

Posted in Liverpool with tags , , on 22/03/2010 by freshpr1nce

Did any of us truely believe we could win on Sunday? Can any of us answer that question honestly?

For me the answer is a resounding “yes” to both!

I did believe we could win and therefore that answers the second question! Yes ok it was 3 games in a week, but that never really entered my mind as a mitigating factor should we not win.

We had come off the back of two very good wins, ok the opposition may not have been strong, but the performances where good and we showed a creative and attacking flair we don’t often see under Rafa. I went into the game with confidence and hope. Hope that my Monday in work in Manchester would be filled with smiles and lots of “morning!!” to every Utd supporter I saw. Unfortunately that wasn’t to be the case.

I said our recent performances were against teams arguably not as strong. Consider this Park, Fletcher, Nani and Valencia. Are these world beaters? Discount where they play would you have any of them at LFC? For me Valencia is not that good (ok neithers Lucas but he’s demonstrating good improvement and needs to be stopped being used as the scapegoat for poor team performances).

However they stepped up against Liverpool, or should I say we allowed them to. Admittedly we had the best of the early part of the game and for me we looked comfortable and in control. That was until Mr Webb capitulated at Old Trafford. After that point we lost confidence again and returned to clinical controlled football which gave them more time and space on the ball IMO.

For me we need to be more creative! Pass and move its the Liverpool groove!! These are YOUR players Rafa (admittedly they may not have been had you had more money)! Allow them the freedom to express themselves. I know they can do it if allowed.

There’s not many games left now; 4th is looking a challenge; there’s still The Europa League. Let’s do it in style! Let’s see what Aquilani and Babel can do. Let’s see what Pacheco is made of. Remember this WE ARE LIVERPOOL AND YOULL NEVER WALK ALONE!!

Allow me to leave you with one final thought:

Gary Neville is a gobsh1te!

A time for memories!

Posted in Liverpool with tags , , on 22/03/2010 by freshpr1nce

In my intro I suggested I would blog about Liverpool matches……….best intentions and all that!

“Some might say”! that I suggested we would win with a hard fought 2-0 win against Wigan……. Well in hindsight some may say I got it a “little” wrong!

However roll on a week……. I have to admit I’m not sure what happened, but someone seemed to release the shackles and I liked it! Was it rafa or the players (didn’t Lucas suggest he spoke to Gerrard)? Whatever happened that’s always going to be a dressing room discussion. Well until Rafa leaves through choice or otherwise or people who are given a massive chance to rescue their failing careers at “our” club only to piss on it from a great height, ala Riera, spout off in the papers!

Regardless there was a style of football I liked against Portsmouth. A style of football that had more control. A style of football that had more freedom. A style of football that took me to a time before Benitez, before Houliwho, before Evans and certainly before souness.

Liverpool against Portsmouth and to a lesser extent against Lille played with more freedom. A style moving in the direction I grew up with! A style that I like and a style that will drive the atmosphere in the Kop!

I just hope that if this change in style came from the man himself….. no not
God or Fowler (“some might say they are one and the same”) then it continues to Sunday. If it doesn’t and the advice is to hold the midfield and control the game clinically, then I hope the palyers DO get together and decide for themselves.

YES! that may be the beginning of the end for Rafa but if it comes to a choice between Rafa and exciting attacking football I know who I choose!

It’s time to make YOUR choice !