29 March 2009

LSCM told us to keep the faith, and somewhat realistic

Manchester United oh I hate you!
How could it happened to a supposedly the most potent defence to the most popular club in the world? Gera was left unattended and what was Rio doing next to van der Saar? Plain stupid, I say.

This is how it looks like at the Manchester United's bench after Gera's scored confirming the scum's back to back losses. Beautiful sight!




We have always flattered to deceive. Impressive wins over bigger opponents have more often than not been followed by heartbreaking losses against the minnows. Have we managed to escape this cycle?

According to NANTHA KUMAR (LSCM), the defeat to Middlesbrough still rankles. On February 28, 2009, Boro were in no hurry to get a draw never mind an improbable win on their own patch. They were fortune that Liverpool too shared their ambition.

The 0-2 defeat sent the Reds’ chances of winning their 19th title out of the window and we suitably produced an editorial that reflected the end of the chase for the championship.

Nothing has changed -and this may come as a shock to most readers. The scum are still capable of winning all their games and we are reliant on results heading our way if we were to continue to be in the hunt.

These are facts. There have been instances that we never looked like champions-material. At the same time, we were certainly punching above our weight and taking our chances well.

These factors alone, of course, are not good enough to win us the title. Rafael Benitez has certainly forged the team spirit required to go far and imbued the players with confidence.
The body language of the players say that they are up for it and words and deeds have supported it. There is a real team at Anfield right now, one that is not reliant on stars such as Steven Gerrard and Ferando Torres.

Gerrard deserves all the plaudits for the Reds’ 5-0 demolition of Aston Villa on Sunday. It is also possible, however, that we could have won with goals from Dirk Kuyt and Alberto Rieira as such was our dominance.

Jose Reina marked his 100th clean sheet in 197 games in style by singlehandedly keeping us in the game in the first half. Javier Mascherano ran himself ragged again while the flank backs, Fabiano Aurelio and Alvaro Arbeloa, demonstrated the importance of the Reds keeping them fit.
Dirk Kuyt was instrumental in settling our nerves in such a vital game with his 8th minute goal that was struck with such venom.The Dutchman pretty much symbolises Benitez’s Reds: diligent and deadly.

The Villa victory smashed a couple of myths: we have now shown that we could take on and humble he high and mighty in successive games - and get down to business with the clubs below us is in the league.

We have also made a mockery of another supposition that Benitez will lose us the title for being cautious by chalking up 50 league goals before the perennial media darlings such as the scum, Arsenal and Chelsea.

Benitez is gradually cajoling us to review all those messages of doom. We would know in the next few weeks whether we dare see the Reds’rise as a signal to dream the impossible dream. Until then, feet on the ground, please.


5 comments:

Yadayada said...

that lad have a point...
well, it's true that the championship is in Manure's hand...
however, we musn't forget there's something in football, which is a very vital element in football, "luck"...
i say Lady Luck is on our side, it's just The Kop have to grab it and win all the remaining fixtures...
then, the curtain will unfold, on what's the fate awaits us...

utusanLFC said...

Bro.,

I must tell you guys, Mr Nantha Kumar is no ordinary writer. He is the sport writer for The Star daily and the main writer for Liverpool Supporters Club of Malaysia (LSCM).
The article is a e-newsletter send to the LSCM members and in my case, I think he's writing is so good that it must be shared with my bloggersphere within utusanlfc.blogspot.com

And as for the Lady Luck, Mr Yadayada must get some views from one Mr Kajang-Today. He might concur with ya. hihihi....

kajang-today said...

while he is no ordinary writer, I beg to differ on his opinion about Kuyt. He described Kuyt as diligent and deadly. That to me is obscene.
Diligent maybe but deadly? Not by a long shot. While Kuyt is a workhorse, a vital component of any team but deadly? Deadly is only for players like Rushie, Torres. To mention Kuyt in a same breath is an insult to deadly players like those 2.

Yadayada said...

Undeniably, all of us agree on a particular attributes when we mention Kuyt, workrate... His workrate is second to none, his stamina is remarkable, that, I think we agree... However, I do think he's deadly for a winger... We have to keep in mind that he's playing on a wide position, so, it's not fair if we compare him with Torrea, who's playing a more centred role...
Anyway, try to check out his stats all the way back when he was playing for Utretch, it's really impressive...
Missed only 5 games over a period of 7 seasons, 179 consecutive appearances, 20+ goals for the last 4 seasons...

utusanLFC said...

hahaha Yadayada,

if you don't know, our friend Kajang-Today is very critical towards Kuyt, Lucas, Benayoun and Babel. I suspect he is comparing this quartet with the likes of Giggs, Scholes, Ronaldo and Evra.

To me all four of our players are OK la. Babel is young, he can be trained. Kuyt is oh so workaholic. Benayoun actually is a creative player and Lucas... well...

Though players like Dossena is a bit out-of-the-equation. He seems to be weird with all the talents within the squad. I doubt if his 2 goals lately could alter my perspective on him.

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