วันจันทร์ที่ 23 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2552


Sunday 22 March 2009 16:00 , Barclays Premier League


Liverpool moved to within one point of Premier League leaders Manchester United after a Steven Gerrard hat-trick helped them to a breathtaking 5-0 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Further strikes from Dirk Kuyt and Albert Riera in front of a jubilant Anfield made it 13 goals in three games for the Reds, who now have a superior goal difference to Alex Ferguson's men.

Gerrard's efforts saw him breach the 20-goals barrier for the third time in his career, while a clean sheet for Pepe Reina means the Spaniard has reached 100 shut-outs faster than any custodian in Liverpool history.

His opposite number, Brad Friedel, saw red for a foul on Fernando Torres, though by this stage the Anfield scoreboard already read 4-0.

What was a wonderful week for the club has turned into a fantastic fortnight with regards our quest for silverware. First Real Madrid were dispatched at a saunter, then United suffered the indignity of a 4-1 home defeat to their biggest rivals. It couldn't get any better, could it? It could, and it did when the Rafa Benitez contract saga finally ended with an announcement on the club website at 9.02pm on Wednesday.

Clearly rattled, Ferguson reacted with some wholly inaccurate assertions about Liverpool's transfer activity. His side then responded in kind with a 2-0 defeat at Craven Cottage in a match which saw two of United's most gifted servants dismissed.

All of which meant Liverpool went into this game knowing victory would make it game-on in the title race with eight fixtures remaining.

Not that anyone inside Anfield is likely to lose perspective, especially on a day when the famous stadium mourned the premature death of club secretary Bryce Morrison this weekend with a minute's silence.

With these sad formalities out of the way, Liverpool set about dismantling an ailing Villa side without a win since February 7.

Within 50 seconds Gerrard won a corner for the home side which Fabio Aurelio planted on to the head of Martin Skrtel. The Slovak redirected the ball towards the top corner but it was reasonably comfortable for Friedel.

Minutes later Gerrard latched onto a nonchalant throughball from Torres before slipping at the crucial moment. It already looked ominous for the visitors.

villa62And so it proved on eight minutes when a glancing header from Xabi Alonso sent a Gerrard free-kick clattering against the crossbar. Kuyt reacted first with a wicked drive into the bottom corner to take his season's tally to 10.

Gerrard might have made it 2-0 soon after had he not been forced to adjust his body at the last minute after Nigel Reo-Coker deflected a Riera cross. The skipper stretched but his close-range volley did not bother Friedel.

Like the narrow streets surrounding Anfield, it was one-way traffic.

The first real threat from Villa took 21 minutes to arrive when John Carew flicked an Ashley Young cross towards to the top corner. Reina had to be smart.

Seconds later the Spaniard needed every inch of his 6'2 frame to stop a Carew header with a diving save.

Then, just as Villa were threatening to get a foothold in the game, the title-chasers hit them with two goals in seven minutes.

Reina doesn't get enough credit for his kicking, but the bald-headed goalkeeper is totting up quite an assist count in Liverpool colours. It was his route-one ball on 33 minutes which persuaded Riera to ghost behind the Villa backline before launching an unstoppable first-time volley in off Friedel's bar.

If that made Villa's task almost impossible, what happened next on 40 minutes ended the contest completely. Again it was Riera bursting down the left which proved their undoing, this time thanks to a rash challenge from Reo-Coker just inside the box. Referee Martin Atkinson didn't hesitate, and Gerrard waited for Friedel to move before dispatching his penalty in the opposite direction.

The half-time whistle was an act of mercy from Mr Atkinson, but any respite was short-lived. It took just five minutes after the restart for Gerrard to make it 4-0 after Kuyt won a free-kick in the D. The number eight shaped as if he was about to bend it into the top corner but instead rolled it haughtily into the bottom.

Sarcastic shouts of 'Rafa's cracking up' echoed from the Kop, who, not for the first time in recent weeks, were witnessing a very good side being made to look distinctly average.

It became 5-0 on 65 minutes when Torres rounded Friedel in the box only for the former Red to lean across and bring him down. The American was sent to the stands and Gerrard made no mistake against substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan from 12 yards.

There was still time for a further boost for Benitez with the introduction of Daniel Agger, who made his first appearance for months following a back injury.


Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Carragher, Skrtel, Arbeloa, Riera, Alonso, Mascherano, Kuyt, Gerrard (captain), Torres. Subs - Hyypia, Agger, Ngog, Dossena, El Zhar, Leiva, Cavalieri

Aston Villa: Friedel, Young, Davies, Cuellar, Reo-Coker, Young, Barry (captain), Petrov, Milner, Carew, Heskey. Subs - Gardner, Shorey, Guzan, Knight, Delfouneso, Salifou, Agbonlahor

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Conditions: Breezy

Attendance: 44,131

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Steven Gerrard


16:04 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Aston Villa get the game underway attacking the Kop end
2 mins : Prior to kick-off both teams and their supporters observed a minute's silence for Liverpool's Club Secretary Bryce Morrison who sadly passed away yesterday. RIP Bryce, You'll Never Walk Alone.
2 mins : Good start from the Reds. Aurelio swings in a corner that is met by Skrtel... but in the end it's an easy save for Friedel
3 mins : Villa respond and Milner's shot is deflected for their first corner of the match
4 mins : Stevie G breaks clear...but after cutting inside he loses his footing and the chance is lost
7 mins : Riera's pressure forces Reo-Coker into making a poorly timed challenge. Free-kick to the Reds
8 mins : GOAL! Dirk Kuyt: The Dutchman drills home after Alonso's header crashes back off the bar
12 mins : A perfect start for the Reds. The home side have raced out of the traps today
15 mins : A great ball in from Ashley Young is superbly defended by the returning Alvaro Arbeloa
16 mins : It should be 2-0. Albert Riera's deflected cross is met by Gerrard on the stretch, but the skipper just fails to turn it home at the far post
21 mins : Ashley Young's left wing cross is well met by John Carew.. great save Pepe
23 mins : First Booking: Steven Gerrard:
24 mins : Magnificent play down the right by Arbeloa sees the Spaniard feed Torres just inisde the area... but El Nino's side footer is easy for Friedel
25 mins : Reina maintains Liverpool's lead with a stunning stop from Carew's header. It's been a superb contest so far
28 mins : Gerrard flicks on for Torres but just when it seems our number nine is in, Cuellar steps across with a vital interception
31 mins : Villa have responded well to going behind and are causing problems with high balls towards Heskey and Carew
33 mins : GOAL! Albert Riera: The winger crashes a volley in off the bar after racing onto Reina's kick
35 mins : A poor kick by Friedel gifts the ball to Arbeloa but his cutback to Torres is underhit and Villa escape
40 mins : Penalty Scored! Steven Gerrard: The skipper fires home the kick after Albert Riera was brought down by Reo-Coker
41 mins : First Booking: Luke Young:
42 mins : The Reds are on fire today
44 mins : First Booking: Gareth Barry: It was the Villa skipper and not Luke Young who was booked earlier
16:52 GMT : Half Time Reached
17:11 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : Liverpool restart the match attacking the Kop
49 mins : Free-kick to LFC in a dangerous area. Stevie to take...
50 mins : GOAL! Steven Gerrard: The skipper places the ball into the corner from Xabi's touch off
54 mins : It's all one-way traffic now
55 mins : 44,131 lucky fans are inside Anfield today and most have a great big, beaming smile on their face - Villa followers aside of course!
56 mins : It could be five. Xabi drags a shot wide after finding space just inside the area
58 mins : Substitution: Gabriel Agbonlahor for Emile Heskey: Emile gets a big clap from both sets of fans as he makes way for the Villa number 11
60 mins : Fair play to the Villa fans. They are four down and still trying their best to boost the team
62 mins : A great flick from Torres feeds Arbeloa but the full-back's attempted pass to Stevie G is deflected to safety
63 mins : Sending Off: Brad Friedel: Torres is brought down by the Villa stopper as he races clean through. It's a penalty and a red card
64 mins : Substitution: Brad Guzan for Nigel Reo-Coker:
65 mins : Penalty Scored! Steven Gerrard: HAT-TRICK
66 mins : Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Xabi Alonso:
70 mins : It's raining goals at Anfield today. Makes the job very busy but in a very good way!
72 mins : Martin Skrtel sees a low shot deflect off Lucas and away while Masch tests sub keeper Brad Guzan from 20 yards. There's a real buzz at Anfield today
76 mins : Substitution: Daniel Agger for Alvaro Arbeloa: Great to see the Dane back in action
79 mins : It's looking like the title race could well be back on. Liverpool are in scintillating form
80 mins : Substitution: David Ngog for Steven Gerrard:
83 mins : The Reds have taken their foot off the pedal since the fifth goal but there could yet be more goals. After all, El Nino hasn't scored today!
85 mins : A great run by Agger almost sees the Dane release Torres, but our number nine is flagged just offside
89 mins : Substitution: Craig Gardner for John Carew:
90 mins : There will be a minimum of three minutes added time
90 mins : First Booking: Craig Gardner:
17:56 GMT : Match Over

วันอาทิตย์ที่ 15 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2552



LFCCTV: TORRES V UNITED Jimmy Rice 15 March 2009

Fernando Torres was back to his sensational best against Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic as Liverpool left Old Trafford with a 4-1 win. We've compiled an exclusive video montage of the Spaniard's contribution which you can now watch on demand.

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With weekly interviews with the manager and players at Melwood, goals, highlights and expert analysis from every Premier League, Champions League and Carling Cup game we play, live commentary from wherever in the world the Reds are playing, live coverage of the reserve team, action from the Academy and exclusive 'Top 100' countdowns, the e-Season Ticket has never been better value for money and could be yours for as little as 13p per day.

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Jimmy Rice 15 March 2009

Steven Gerrard labelled Fernando Torres the world's best striker after our Old Trafford rout - and admitted Liverpool's title challenge had been undermined by the Spaniard's injury woes.

El Nino has featured in just 15 of the Reds' 29 league games this season following a series of hamstring problems.

The Spain international was back to his best as Liverpool beat Manchester United 4-1 on Saturday - and Gerrard knows his fitness is crucial if 2008-09 is to end in glory.

"He is magic," said the Huyton-born star.

"I know I am biased but I don't think anyone will argue with me when I say he is the best striker in the world. If we keep him fit until the end of the season then it'll be an exciting run.

"It's been frustrating not having him out there. I believe if we'd had him fit for more games we'd be closer to, if not ahead of, United." Meanwhile, Gerrard revealed how Liverpool's goal spree in M16 was not simply down to chance.

"They are a good side but we came here to fight and play a bit higher than usual," said the 28-year-old. "So, we had the belief that we could get back in the game after going 1-0 down. We showed great character and got our reward in the end. "It was a wonderful performance and the result was fully deserved."

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Saturday 14 March 2009 12:45 , Barclays Premier League


Liverpool's title dream is still alive after they came from behind to thump Manchester United 4-1 at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime.

Fernando Torres cancelled out a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty before Steven Gerrard completed a remarkable turnaround with his own spot-kick just before the break.

A sublime free-kick from Fabio Aurelio following the dismissal of Nemanja Vidic wrapped up the points before a late lob from Andrea Dossena put the gloss on a week that has had many Kopites pinching themselves.

The result leaves Liverpool four points behind United, who have a game in hand, with nine fixtures remaining. It also ensures a first league double over our arch-rivals since 2001-02.

Rafa Benitez will accept the title is still a tall order, but wherever the Premier League trophy ends up, this performance and scoreline will go down as one of the highlights of the Spaniard's reign.

Benitez went searching for his 100th league win as Reds boss without the injured Xabi Alonso. If Javier Mascherano is Liverpool's engine in midfield, then Alonso is the oil that keeps everything flowing nicely. Still, his absence gave Lucas a chance to shine on the biggest stage, and the Brazilian will have won over some of his critics with a rudimentary but effective display.

Another blow came during the warm up when right-back Alvaro Arbeloa injured his hamstring, forcing Sami Hyypia to tie his boots at the last minute.

The sides set about a cagey start at a wind-swept Old Trafford. United were first to threaten when Ronaldo cut back to the oncoming Ji-Sung Park. The goal gaped and it took a well-judged deflection from Carragher to clear for a corner.

Similar heroics were required from Vidic after Aurelio sent Gerrard bursting into the United box on 11 minutes.

You could have prepared and swallowed a prawn sandwich in the time it took either side to enthuse their fans again when Torres turned Rio Ferdinand on a sixpence before Vidic saved his partner's blushes.

The game of cat and mouse was finally broken on 23 minutes when Park sprinted into the box and navigated Pepe Reina, who caught a trailing leg and gave referee Alan Wiley no option but to award a spot-kick. Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper went the right way but Ronaldo's penalty was too precise.

The travelling Kop's deflation lasted just four minutes, however, thanks to a downfield pass from Martin Skrtel which left Torres with just Vidic and van der Sar to beat. United's Serbian defender lost his footing, leaving El Nino to slot coolly beyond the goalkeeper to claim his 11th goal of the season.

Minutes later Torres nutmegged Vidic in the box as he searched for a second but it was cleared for a corner.

The next goal would be crucial and both sides knew it. United came close through a Ronaldo dead ball which Reina spilled only to recover just before Tevez pounced. Next, Michael Carrick turned Lucas before firing a fierce effort narrowly over the crossbar.

But it was Liverpool who eventually turned the game on its head when Gerrard burst past Patrice Evra to catch a Torres throughball. The full-back challenged clumsily, prompting Wiley to point to the spot for a second time.

Gerrard once had a penalty saved by van der Sar when the Dutchman wore Fulham colours, but he made no mistake with this one before kissing the television cameras in celebration of his 18th goal of the campaign.

United came out for the second period eager to respond, and almost had a huge slice of luck when a Ronaldo cross swerved onto Reina's post and back into play. Liverpool cleared but it was a warning.

Park was impressing down the right as the hosts responded to chants of 'attack, attack, attack' from their fans, and the former PSV man would have been one-on-one with Reina on 53 minutes but for a smart interception from Aurelio.

Reina had to be alert to palm over after Tevez squeezed a cross-cum-shot past Carragher. Liverpool's custodian fumbled the resulting corner but claimed well at the second attempt under pressure from Tevez.

Wayne Rooney tried to twist and turn his way to an equaliser on 62 minutes only to have his shot deflected wide by Dirk Kuyt.

The pressure continued.

Next, Ronaldo, patrolled well all game by Aurelio, beat his man to find Rooney at the far post. The Scouser headed back across goal and it took some resilient defending from Skrtel to stop Tevez threatening.

The Argentine should have levelled the game on 72 minutes after chesting down a lofted ball from Ferdinand. Liverpool's defence protested for offside but the flag stayed down. With just Reina to beat, Tevez scuffed his shot and the ball roll harmlessly wide.

Alex Ferguson had seen enough. With 16 minutes remaining, he made a triple substitution, replacing Carrick, Anderson and Park with Paul Scholes, Dimitar Berbatov and Ryan Giggs.

It was a bold move from the Scot but it soon backfired following the dismissal of Vidic. Wiley had no choice but to show the Serb red after a lovely touch from Kuyt sent Gerrard clean through. Last man Vidic interjected and United were down to 10 men with 14 minutes left on the clock and no opportunity to make a change.

Any hopes of a comeback were then dashed completely when Aurelio curled the resulting free-kick beyond van der Sar at the Stretford End. Ronaldo would have been proud.

Gerrard could have made it four with the kind of chance he normally buries but it mattered not.

Substitute Andrea Dossena showed the skipper how it was done on 90 minutes, lobbing van der Sar after a Reina punt.

"We want five," sang the cluster of Liverpool fans at the opposite end of the ground. They know the title is still a long shot, but this result keeps United looking over their shoulder. Whatever happens come May, they'll never forget today.


Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Hyypia, Skrtel, Carragher, Riera, Mascherano, Leiva, Kuyt, Gerrard (captain), Torres. Subs - Hyypia, Insua, Ngog, Dossena, Cavalieri, El Zhar, Babel

Manchester United: Van der Sar, Evra, Ferdinand (captain), Vidic, O'Shea, Park, Carrick, , Ronaldo, Rooney, Tevez. Subs - Giggs, Evans, , Foster, Berbatov, Scholes, Fletcher

Referee: Alan Wiley

Conditions: Windy

Attendance: Unknown

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Aurelio

วันพุธที่ 4 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2552


Tuesday 03 March 2009 20:00 , Barclays Premier League


Liverpool registered a comfortable 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Sunderland after David Ngog and Yossi Benayoun struck second-half goals at Anfield.

Ngog finished off an excellent attacking move from close range on 51 minutes before Benayoun headed home from a weak Marton Fulop save to secure the win 14 minutes later.

The result means Liverpool are still level on points with Chelsea after Guus Hiddink's side disposed of Portsmouth 1-0 at Fratton Park courtesy of a Didier Drogba goal.

Rafa Benitez demanded an instant improvement from his charges prior to kick-off and made four changes to his starting line-up to the side that went down 2-0 to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

David Ngog made his first home league start and spearheaded the attack alongside Dirk Kuyt, while Javier Mascherano slotted in at right-back in the absence of the injured Alvaro Arbeloa and Emiliano Insua came in for Fabio Aurelio at left-back.

Sunderland proved to be every inch the usual visitors to Anfield and started the match in a 4-5-1 formation with target man Kenwyne Jones taking up a lone striker role. But it was Ricky Sbragia's side who started brighter and had an excellent opportunity to take the lead on three minutes.

Kenwyne Jones found himself a yard ahead of Jamie Carragher and through on Pepe Reina's goal. The towering hit man lined himself up to burst the net, but miscued it and Reina easily saved easily. It was a fantastic chance for the visitor - Liverpool were let off the hook with that one.

The Reds went on the attack after that and had their own chances to go in front. Similar to the opposition's early chance, each Liverpool player who got into a shooting position could not connect cleanly and gave Marton Fulop an easy save to make.

Dirk Kuyt got a cleanly struck low drive in at Fulop on 12 minutes, but other than that there seemed to be a series of mishits and blocks in the opening exchanges. It was all positive stuff however, and probably one of the most open kick-offs to a game we've seen in some time.

A great move between Insua, Ngog, Benayoun and Kuyt almost unlocked the Black Cats defence on 15 minutes. The ball zipped right across the pitch to the man who scored the winner at the Bernabeu last week, Benayoun, who swung in a cross for Kuyt to convert. The Dutchman tried one of his trademark near-post finishes, but Fulop saved well and cleared the danger.

A goalmouth scramble followed five minutes later, but Kuyt was adjudged to have fouled in the area after Albert Riera, Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso had snapshots from a powerful Yossi cross.

The 0-0 scoreline after 20 minutes was probably about right - both sides had chances to score, but neither could add the killer touch. Sunderland were proving to be typically resolute, if a little too open, while Liverpool might have been always on the look-out for openings but were also very lucky to be still in with a chance of a clean sheet after that early scare.

More Liverpool probing followed and Riera was next to try his luck on the half-hour mark. The Spanish winger turned a defender and cut in from the left flank to shoot with his right foot. Riera's well-struck shot nearly crept in under the keeper's right-hand side from a deflection, but Fulop managed to get a fingertip to put the ball out for a corner.

Mascherano clipped the bar with a thundering shot after Sunderland cleared from the corner. It seemed that Ricky Sbragia's side were riding by the seats of their trousers - and getting away with it.

By the time the end of the half came it was Liverpool who had enjoyed the best of the chances and could have been in front.

It wasn't so much a case of Rafa's men forcing the issue, but more like Sunderland playing openly in front of the back four and and inviting the Reds to shoot on sight. A rather different first half to what the Anfield faithful have become used to this season, but the 0-0 scoreline at the break was as familiar as the biting wing whirling around the ground.

The Reds attacked from the get go in the second half and forced a corner straight from the restart. Benayoun popped up unmarked from Gerrard's corner and directed a powerful header just wide.

The Israeli utility man got away from Black Cats captain Dean Whitehead two minutes later and almost set Gerrard free down the left; Yossi seemed to be grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck.

With two chances coming in the space of five minutes in the opening exchanges of second half, it seemed that they were edging closer to breaking the deadlock with each foray forward.

But they only needed one more chance to make the extra incentive pay and took the lead through David Ngog on 51 minutes.

Riera took the ball down to the byline on the left and whipped in a lofted ball into the box, which an oncoming Gerrard nodded over for the Frenchmen to finish from close range.

It was a confident finish to round off an excellent move - the Kop was in raptures.

The Reds looked fully composed after that and went in search of securing the victory with a series of positive moves forward.

Insua, Kuyt and Alonso all had efforts at goal, but Sunderland continued to get away with allowing their defence to be pummelled time and time again.

The Black Cats boss Sbragia brought on Istanbul hero Djibril Cisse to partner Jones up front on 62 minutes in an effort to tip the balance in their favour. But with less men clogging up the midfield it seemed that the move only served to invite more pressure.

Within seconds of that substitution Liverpool had doubled their lead through the on-form Benayoun.

Ngog managed to get a high overhead kick across the penalty area after a miskicked Sunderland clearance, then Fulop parried the acrobatic cross-cum shot into the path of Benayoun who made no mistake from a couple of yards out to put the Reds 2-0 up.

It might have been a soft goal to concede from Sunderland's point of view, but Yossi should be commended for taking full advantage of Fulop's weak parry.

The Reds continued to create chances after that and looked to keep possession for the remainder of the match, which they did for the most part.

For all of Sunderland's huffing and puffing, it seemed that the likes of Benayoun, Kuyt, Alonso and Mascherano could ping the ball around until an opening came their way.

Okay, they could have gone for the jugular and attempted to improve goal difference, but after Saturday's defeat to Sunderland this victory will be the perfect tonic for the Reds confidence.


Liverpool: Reina, Insua, Carragher, Skrtel, Mascherano, Riera, Gerrard (captain), Alonso, Benayoun, Kuyt, Ngog. Subs - Hyypia, Aurelio, El Zhar, Dossena, Babel, Leiva, Cavalieri

Sunderland: Fulop, McCartney, Ferdinand, Ben-Haim, Collins, Richardson, Whitehead (captain), Leadbitter, Malbranque, Jones, Reid. Subs - Murphy, Cisse, Gordon, Davenport, Bardsley, Edwards, Healy

Referee: M Halsey

Conditions: Fine

Attendance: Unknown

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Yossi Benayoun


20:02 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Liverpool kick off attacking the Anfield Road end
3 mins : First chance of the match to the Reds. Ngog plays a neat ball into Yossi but his cut back is hacked away from Kuyt in the six yard box
3 mins : Sunderland instantly respond and Kenwyne Jones misses a glorious chance when he fires straight at Reina after running clear of the LFC defence
8 mins : Yossi and Stevie G both see efforts blocked as the home side look to gain an early advantage
10 mins : A weaving run down the right from Benayoun sees him make progress into the area...But his cross eludes the red shirts in the box
12 mins : Masch - who is filling in at right back - finds Kuyt on the edge of the box. The Dutchman shoots....well saved Marton Fulop
13 mins : Richardson tries his luck from distance but his effort lacks pace and is easy for Reina
14 mins : Ngog fires straight at Fulop...but it doesn't matter, the flag is up anyway
15 mins : Great build up involving Kuyt and Ngog sees the ball fed wide to Yossi. The Israeli crosses low but Fulop is once again there to deny Kuyt a tap-in
16 mins : First Booking: David Ngog:
20 mins : Riera tries an ambitious volley from the left hand side of the area but it is deflected to safety by a Sunderland body
21 mins : The Kop give a warm reception to Djibril Cisse who is warming up as a Sunderland sub
22 mins : A flashy piece of skill by Ngog sets up another LFC attack. It comes to nothing but the Frenchman receives a roar of approval for his efforts
26 mins : Yossi finds space but sees his 25 yarder blocked. A familiar story for LFC so far
27 mins : First corner of the match to the Reds sees Gerrard curve one to the back stick where Kuyt is inches away from connecting
28 mins : Free-kick in a promising position...Gerrard overhits it and a chance to continue the pressure is lost
31 mins : Riera's deflected strike is superbly tipped past the near post by Fulop
32 mins : A ferocious strike from Mascherano skims the top of the bar. The Reds are on top but that breakthrough goal remains elusive
34 mins : A driving run from Gerrard earns another corner...
35 mins : Again the ball bounces around the Black Cats' area but no-one can find the finish. Gerrard ensures the away side survive again with a poor drive that flies way over
37 mins : Corner to Sunderland at the Kop end...
37 mins : And another one as the ball clips Insua and rolls out of play
38 mins : A rare period of Sunderland pressure comes to an end when Jones' heavy touch denies him a shooting opportunity in the Reds' penalty area
39 mins : Liverpool continue to probe for an opening but it's looking like another goalless first 45 at Anfield
41 mins : Score update. Chelsea are goalless at the interval in their match at Portsmouth...
43 mins : Ngog breaks and plays the ball to Masch who sees his low shot crash into the side netting
44 mins : Riera wins a corner with a teasing run and cross. Last chance before the interval...
45 mins : The visitors clear and win a free-kick. There will be one minute of added time
20:48 GMT : Half Time Reached
21:05 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : Sunderland kick off the second period attacking the Anfield Road end
47 mins : Let's hope the Kop can inspire a goal for the Reds in the second period. Ngog has earned an early corner...
47 mins : Yossi almost recreates his Madrid magic, but this time his header flies just wide
48 mins : Alonso hits a raking ball towards Ngog who just runs out of pitch - unlucky Reds
51 mins : Carra makes two great challenges within a minute as Sunderland look to pull off a shock
52 mins : GOAL! David Ngog: The Frenchman knocks home Gerrard's header after a good cross from Riera
53 mins : Relief spreads throughout Anfield. Now let's build on it
57 mins : Insua storms into the box from the left but drags his shot just wide of the far post
60 mins : Great chance for Steed Malbranque... he volleys way over Reina's goal. Let off for the Reds
62 mins : Substitution: Djibril Cisse for Grant Leadbitter: One of our Champions League winner returns to Anfield
65 mins : GOAL! Yossi Benayoun: Fulop drops Ngog's volleyed cross straight to Benayoun who makes no mistake from four yards out
69 mins : Chelsea have just taken the lead at Pompey
70 mins : Substitution: Lucas Leiva for David Ngog:
76 mins : Substitution: Daryl Murphy for Kenwyne Jones:
79 mins : Gerrard fires just over as the Reds look for a third. It's looking like richly deserved three points
81 mins : Substitution: Carlos Edwards for Steed Malbranque:
82 mins : Substitution: Ryan Babel for Steven Gerrard:
84 mins : Sub Ryan Babel earns a free-kick on the left, but Kuyt heads the resulting kick straight at Fulop
87 mins : Lucas heads straight at Fulop after Alonso picked him out at the far post
89 mins : Babel goes close with a superb run and shot
90 mins : Substitution: Nabil El Zhar for Yossi Benayoun:
90 mins : First Booking: Dean Whitehead:
90 mins : There will be a minimum of three minutes added time

วันอาทิตย์ที่ 1 มีนาคม พ.ศ. 2552


Saturday 28 February 2009 15:00 , Barclays Premier League


Goals from Tuncay and Xabi Alonso (OG) confided Liverpool to a 2-0 defeat in Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds failed to convert a host of chances against Gareth Southgate's relegation-battlers and remain seven points adrift of leaders Manchester United, who have a game in hand.

To make matters worse for Rafa Benitez, the returning Steven Gerrard was withdrawn with 15 minutes remaining after appearing to pick up a knock.

Liverpool may have entered this game on the back of a famous victory in the Bernabeu, but they were without a win at the Riverside since 2002. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, hadn't won a league match in 14. Something had to give.

Gerrard's return from a hamstring tear had been a major plus for Benitez, who made four changes from the side that beat Real Madrid. With Alvaro Arbeloa and Fernando Torres injured, Sami Hyypia and Ryan Babel came in, while Nabil El Zhar was handed a first league start.

The visitors began brightly enough, carving out three excellent chances in the opening quarter of an hour.

The first fell to El Zhar on eight minutes after a neat one-two with Dirk Kuyt. A goal looked certain but the Morocco international blasted too close to Brad Jones from 10 yards. The rebound dropped first to Babel, then Kuyt; both failed to capitalise.

Kuyt was presented with an even better opportunity minutes later when Hyypia spotted Fabio Aurelio's surge down the left. The Brazilian sent in one of his bending crosses, which Kuyt controlled before lashing the ball towards the top corner. Again Jones was smart to it.

Next, Babel found himself on the end of a well-worked move but the angle of his shot meant the goalkeeper was always favourite.

Liverpool were firmly on top but had nothing to show for it. A snapshot from Gerrard hit the side netting, while Alonso tried his luck from 25 yards. Still no breakthrough.

The Riverside DJ played Let Me Entertain You as the sides made their way onto the pitch; not that Southgate's players took the hint. They mustered just a single goalscoring opportunity prior to their breakthrough when Gary O'Neil beat Aurelio to Stuart Downing's cross only to be denied by a reflex save from Pepe Reina.

All the more sickening for a raucous travelling Kop, then, when Alonso deflected a Downing corner in his own net after 31 minutes.

Downing forced another save from Reina from the edge of the box before Rob Styles blew for half-time, but it was Liverpool who showed all the initiative with no reward.

Martin Skrtel, operating in an unfamiliar role on the right of Liverpool's defence, was first to threaten straight after the restart with an ambitious effort which sailed over.

Seconds later, Gerrard burst into the Middlesbrough box before putting a goal on a plate for El Zhar, who dropped his head in disappointment after shooting over from 10 yards.

A short corner between Gerrard and El Zhar which broke down due to an offside summed up what was becoming a very frustrating afternoon for Benitez's men.

Things were about to go from bad to worse on 63 minutes when Ryan Babel conceded possession, allowing Jeremie Aliadiere to ghost behind Liverpool's defence before cutting back to Tuncay, who finished with aplomb.

The Reds almost clawed one back when Gerrard bombed through the home rearguard and crossed to Kuyt, who missed an open goal.

A fantastic save was required from Reina to deny substitute Marlon King on 73 minutes, by which stage it was clear Liverpool's miserable record at the Riverside was going to continue.

Substitute Ngog spurned a free header in injury time, but it would have been academic.

News of Chelsea's victory over Wigan filtered through as referee Styles put an end to a miserable afternoon for Liverpool, who drop to third in the Premier League.


Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Hyypia, Skrtel, Carragher, Babel, Alonso, Mascherano, El Zhar, Gerrard (captain), Kuyt. Subs - Darby, Benayoun, Leiva, Cavalieri, Riera, Dossena, Ngog

Middlesbrough: Jones, Pogatetz, Wheater, Huth, Hoyte, Downing, Arca (captain), Bates, O'Neil, Aliadiere, Sanli. Subs - Turnbull, Johnson, Emnes, King, Alves, Walker, Taylor

Referee: Rob Styles

Conditions: Chilly

Attendance: 33,724

Liverpoolfc.tv Man-of-the-Match: Steven Gerrard


15:02 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Rob Styles gets the game underway at the Riverside
1 min : Skrtel is starting at right back. Carragher and Hyypia in the middle
4 mins : We've started brightly and had most of the ball so far
5 mins : Skrtel thinks he's won a corner after a run down the right, but the ref awards a goal kick
8 mins : Almost a dream full debut for El Zhar after a pass from Kuyt, but the youngster's shot is well saved by Jones
9 mins : Aurelio crosses from the left and Kuyt directs a header wide. We've started very brightly
10 mins : First chance for Boro as Downing's cross is volleyed goalwards by O'Neill, forcing Reina into a decent stop
14 mins : More good play from Liverpool as Hyypia frees Aurelio who crosses for Kuyt, with the Dutchman's shot forcing Jones into another save
15 mins : This time it's Babel with a scoring chance, but from a tight angle he can't beat Jones with a low shot
16 mins : We're totally in control at the moment - but can we make the breakthrough?
20 mins : Aliadiere is down needing treatment for an ankle knock
24 mins : Downing has space down the left but his cross is too strong for O'Neill and the home side fail to make the most of a good opportunity
27 mins : Alonso and Gerrard have snap shots in quick succession as we continue to completely boss the match
29 mins : The home side win their first corner of the match
31 mins : Own Goal! Xabi Alonso: Downing's corner strikes Alonso and the ball flies past Reina to give the home side an undeserved lead
34 mins : Another cross from Aurelio is headed away for a corner. How are we behind?
40 mins : Good drive by Downing which is well held by Reina
15:49 GMT : Half Time Reached
16:05 GMT : Second Half Begins
46 mins : We're back underway - no changes at the break
47 mins : Good run by El Zhar and the ball falls nicely for Skrtel who drags his shot high and wide
48 mins : Our best chance so far as Gerrard pulls the ball back for El Zhar who somehow misses the target with his left footed drive
51 mins : Hyypia leaves the field for treatment after a clash of heads
52 mins : Aliadiere capitalises on the space in our defence but fires wastefully over
55 mins : Pogatetz gifts Liverpool the ball but we're quickly caught offside
61 mins : The game has gone scrappy now - we need to pick the pace up and look for a way back into it
63 mins : GOAL! Tuncay Sanli: Boro break down the right and Tuncay converts from close range
67 mins : Kuyt misses a sitter in front of goal from Gerrard's cross
66 mins : Substitution: Marlon King for Jeremie Aliadiere:
66 mins : Substitution: David Ngog for Nabil El Zhar:
71 mins : Substitution: Yossi Benayoun for Jamie Carragher:
72 mins : King has a glorious chance to add the third but Reina keeps out his shot
76 mins : Bates clatters into Babel and concedes a free kick
76 mins : Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Steven Gerrard:
77 mins : Skrtel volleys the ball over after Boro half clear a corner. We're running out of time now
78 mins : O'Neill volleys just wide from Downing's deep cross
79 mins : Substitution: Adam Johnson for Tuncay Sanli:
84 mins : Benayoun crosses towards Ngog but Boro clear again
85 mins : Lucas brings a good save out of Jones after finding space in the area
87 mins : Substitution: Josh Walker for Julio Arca:
90 mins : Four extra minutes to be played
90 mins : King has the ball in the net but is flagged offside
16:54 GMT : Match Over

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