111130 Battering the (sky) blues
and giving it to the rent-blues AGAIN!
(editor; NOT english patient) ;)
never mind the rest!
...WE ARE the BEST team in the league
start BELIEVING it, dont talk about "qualification"
..go for number ONE and we WILL go to the TOP
...Shanks said;"aim for the sky, not the ceiling"...
First on sunday we battered citeH 1-1 !!!
IMO its 2 points lost because we should always consider ourselves "title contenders" But dont be surprised if we win in manchester TWICE before the end of the season!! ;)
Proven again sunday against citeh we were the better Team (I am not talking about a collection of talented players) Its got to be REALISED that we have the BEST TEAM in the Premiere league, when we can translate that superiority into results EVERY game we will go to the top, don’t talk about "qualification" lets go foR Number one position, that’s where WE should be WE are LIVERPOOL!
Liverpool had to settle for a 1-1 draw despite dominating league leaders Manchester City for large parts of Sunday's encounter. A Joleon Lescott OG drew the Reds level after Vincent Kompany opened the scoring - but no one has given City's title credentials such an examination so far in 2011-12. A raft of chances were spurned by the home side in the second period, but City hung on despite having Mario Balotelli sent off with seven minutes to go.
On a day when football seemed insignificant following the tragic death of Wales manager Gary Speed, players and supporters paid their respects - a minute of silence in memory of both Speed and the son of Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones, who died aged five last weekend after a battle with leukaemia. With the lights switched on over Anfield, attention then turned to a match between the Barclays Premier League's last remaining unbeaten team and a side who hadn't lost in nine.
Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson were recalled for Liverpool, with Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy making way. The opposite side of the teamsheet was an illustration of the resources available to Roberto Mancini. Messrs Johnson, Balotelli and Dzeko started from the bench, meaning a front three of David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Samir Nasri took to a pitch on which City have rarely prospered down the years.
The latest example of this was a 3-0 defeat in April, but since then the Citizens have scored six and five at Old Trafford and White Hart Lane respectively.The visitors started brightly, producing an anxious moment at the Kop end on six minutes which ended when Micah Richards spun a shot over the crossbar. A late challenge on Luis Suarez which earned Kompany a yellow card seemed to galvanise the Reds somewhat but Pepe Reina was still required to burst from his box to prevent Aguero capitalising on a weak back-pass from Jose Enrique.
The game was developing into a coy affair until wham - two goals in two minutes.
First Kompany headed a Silva corner diagonally beyond Reina, a superb finish which was celebrated wildly in the away end - but their section soon fell quiet. Shortly after the game restarted Liverpool broke, Suarez finding Dirk Kuyt on the left. A heavy touch took the Holland international away from goal but his cutback to Adam was enough to undo Mancini's defence. The strike which followed may have been covered by Joe Hart but a wicked deflection off Lescott gave the England goalkeeper no chance.
Roused by the home support, Liverpool surged. Adam was denied by the tip of Hart's boots; Glen Johnson, who scored the winner at Stamford Bridge a week ago, bent the ball narrowly over from the corner of City's penalty area. The second half began with Liverpool still looking the more likely.
On 52 minutes a Downing cross ricocheted to the back post where Kuyt lurked, but the Dutchman could not generate either power or accuracy with his header.
By the 65th minute Mancini had grown impatient and opted to swap Nasri for Balotelli. But again Liverpool probed, with Downing's bouncing shot from the edge of the area requiring a fingertip save from Hart. A goalline scramble ensued after a deep corner from Adam, but Lescott just managed to toe it clear under harassment from Kuyt.
Having dominated the early stages, City were now under heavy pressure, with the latest threat coming through Downing, who sprinted down the left before whacking narrowly over.
Next, Adam curled into the box towards Skrtel but Lescott intervened just in time. Seconds later Downing came agonisingly close at the back post. Edin Dzeko was introduced for City with 10 minutes to go but within seconds Mancini's gameplan was blown when substitute Balotelli received a second yellow for leading with his elbow in a challenge with Skrtel. He had been on the pitch less than 20 minutes - and his departure earned a pointed stare from his manager. Two further saves were required from the excellent Hart to deny Suarez and substitute Andy Carroll but City hung on.
Liverpoolfc.tv man of the match: Lucas Leiva
Kenny Dalglish paid a touching tribute to Gary Speed after watching his side draw 1-1 with Manchester City on Sunday. An OG from Joleon Lescott earned the Reds a point from a game they largely dominated after Vincent Kompany opened the scoring.
But the match was overshadowed by news earlier in the day of the Wales manager's death. Kenny took the decision not to include Craig Bellamy - a close friend of Speed - in his matchday squad and afterwards told reporters: "I know Gary Speed. He was a fantastic footballer but more important than that, he was a decent fella.
"There are a lot of people saddened by what has happened but the most important people at this moment in time are his wife and two boys.
"It's them your heart goes out to and they'll need as much support as they can possibly get, and I'm sure they'll get that because he had an awful lot of good friends. He was a good guy and it's disappointing for everybody.
"Gary was like a mentor to Bellars. Bellars was a bit upset and I took the decision to say, 'Look, there are more important things than playing a football match.'" The game itself witnessed a plethora of second-half chances for those in red - but a draw at least maintains an unbeaten run which now stretches to 10 matches. Dalglish added: "I don't think we could have asked for more. In terms of effort and commitment from the players, they were fantastic.
"City started the game better than us, I thought, and scored a goal just as we were getting a foothold in the game. We equalised quickly with a piece of good fortune but that's where the good luck ran out for us. "We've come up against a goalkeeper who has done what three or four others have done here (this season). He had a fantastic game. Eventually we'll come up against a goalkeeper who is not saving everything that hits him."
Substitute Mario Balotelli was sent off with seven minutes to go after receiving a second yellow card for an elbow on Martin Skrtel. City boss Roberto Mancini claimed the reaction from Liverpool's players did not help Balotelli's cause - a suggestion which was dismissed out of hand by Dalglish.
"The reaction of our players? I think Balotelli got himself sent off," he said. "His actions spoke more loudly than anyone else's. Sometimes you look in the mirror and get the answer.
"Sometimes he doesn't help himself, other times maybe he doesn't get as much leeway as some others do - but if you help yourself you don't get in that situation in the first place."
Author: Jimmy Rice at Anfield
Charlie Adam claims that just hearing the word 'Liverpool' brings a smile to his face - and admits moving to Merseyside has had a dramatic effect on his sleeping pattern. The Scot moved south from Blackpool this summer having failed to land his dream move in the January transfer window.
His man of the match display in our victory over Chelsea last weekend was an illustration of how well he is settling in on the pitch, but things are going just as well off it.
"I've got a smile on my face every day. I'm not one for waking up in the morning but since I've came here I'm up at quarter past seven looking forward to training," said Adam. "As soon as I wake up I think 'right, I'm going to training'. I love driving into Melwood every day and it puts a smile on my face. "I just love being at this club. I'm getting up early because there's a buzz and a feel-good factor about coming in here. When you walk in the dressing room and you see the players that we've got, life could not be any better.
"When I hear the name Liverpool, a smile comes to my face and that is why I am delighted to be here. When you get here you just want the opportunity to play and fortunately enough I have been able to play in the majority of the games this season.
"My missus will tell you I'm a totally different person now to when I was at Blackpool. The last six months there was hard because I knew what I wanted and that was to go. I was disappointed not to come here in January and everyone knew that. I knew it was time to go and that I needed the change and I was grateful for the opportunity I was given.
"So coming here every day is a dream for me, it's a dream for anybody.
"Some people don't realise that there's a small minority that get the opportunity to join this club so you have to grasp it with both hands and hopefully I can do that in the next few years and try to play a number of games for this club." Despite his smooth transition from playing for Ian Holloway's upstarts to performing in front of a packed Anfield every week, Adam admits there is an extra pressure that comes with wearing a Liver bird on your chest.
"When you come to a club like this you are expected to win every week because of who you play for and the quality of the players that we have," he said. "The size of the club is ginormous. When you are at a big club the next game is just as important as the last one. When you are in the Premier League with Blackpool you could get away with thinking, 'Okay, we've beaten Liverpool, let's enjoy it for a couple of days.' Here you can't.
"As soon as the Chelsea game was finished we spoke about the game, obviously, but then the focus is on the next match. We beat Chelsea but that's out of the way and the focus is 'Who have we got next week?' You need to be at the top of your game every week and playing well in every match. "I'm used to this because when I was young I was at Rangers so I was expected to win every day in training. The pressure is on you from day one and it's drummed into you that everything you do you have to win, so that probably helped me coming here. I wasn't fearful coming here.
"If I had any doubts I could have sat at Blackpool for another five years. "I wanted to come here and there has been a rapid rise in my career since I left Rangers. It has only gone one way and I am delighted with that." Meanwhile, the 25-year-old claims he is in the best shape of his life.
"Okay, my shape does not look like I'm stick thin or anything like that, I know that myself. But fitness-wise, I don't think anyone could question me," he said.
"If you can get stats or if you asked the physios and fitness staff here they'll say that I'm in the top one or two in terms of metres covered, but people will still call it as they see it. Not everyone has the same thoughts about each player but if anyone wants to know about me they can call the club and ask for the stats."
Jose Enrique claims Lucas Leiva - not Joe Hart - was the best player on the pitch during Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Manchester City.
Hart pulled off a raft of top-class saves to stop Liverpool getting the reward for a marvelous second-half surge. But it was Lucas who won man of the match on both Liverpoolfc.tv and host broadcaster Sky - and Opta stats reveal why. The Brazilian had a passing accuracy of 92 per cent, made six interceptions and won 81.3 per cent of his 'duels'. Enrique said: "Joe Hart was good for them but Lucas was the best player on the pitch - he was amazing. "He is playing really well with Charlie who is scoring some important goals for us this season.
"They are both really important for us. Stewart Downing came back into the side and also did well.
"City have some very good strikers but Pepe Reina made some very good saves. At times Pepe was like another centre-back for us! "But it's not just down to the back four and the 'keeper, the whole team are playing really well." The result means Liverpool have drawn four successive home league games for the first time since 1971 as the Reds have met with a string of in-form goalkeepers. "I think we deserved to win the game," Enrique added. "In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.
"We had some good chances but Joe Hart played brilliantly for them. "I don't know what's happening with goalkeepers here this season. Against Swansea and Norwich it was the same.
"We had some good chances but Joe Hart played brilliantly for them. "I don't know what's happening with goalkeepers here this season. Against Swansea and Norwich it was the same.
"I think we have been really unlucky in many home games this season. It's a lot of points we have lost here but a draw at home to City is not bad. "In the last two games we've played not just two of the best teams in England but in the world in City and Chelsea. "We won at Chelsea and we deserved to beat City as well so that shows we can beat anyone. "We have an amazing squad and we just have to try to keep improving."
Author: Jimmy Rice
JOSE ENRIQUE believes Liverpool’s dominant performance in the 1-1 draw with Manchester City proves they are capable of beating anyone in the Premier League this season. The Spanish left-back insisted a point was scant reward for the Reds’ efforts as they outplayed the unbeaten leaders for long periods. Joleon Lescott’s own goal cancelled out Vincent Kompany’s header but Kenny Dalglish’s men were denied a winner by the heroics of City keeper Joe Hart.
It means Liverpool have drawn four successive home league games for the first time since 1971. “I think we deserved to win the game,” Enrique said. “In the first half maybe they played better but in the second half we played very well.
“We had some good chances but Joe Hart played brilliantly for them. "I don’t know what’s happening with goalkeepers here this season. "Against Swansea and Norwich, it was the same. " I think we have been really unlucky in many home games this season.
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IT'S becoming a familiar sight at Anfield this season. At the final whistle Manchester City's relieved players rushed to congratulate their goalkeeper for ensuring they escaped with a share of the spoils. Joe Hart became the latest visiting shot-stopper to take the plaudits from his team-mates and depart clutching a bottle of bubbly. The England international followed in the footsteps of David de Gea, John Ruddy and Michel Vorm as his heroics ensured the Reds were held to a fourth successive home stalemate for the first time since 1971. Same result but the mood around Anfield was very different.Of course there was frustration at the fact Liverpool failed to make their second-half dominance count and still haven't won at home since September.
But the overriding feeling was one of pride at how Kenny Dalglish's side had comprehensively outplayed a team threatening to run away with the Premier League title. Three weeks ago Liverpool departed to a smattering of boos after being held by newly-promoted Swansea, this time there was a standing ovation from an appreciative crowd. Sheikh Mansour has splashed an eye-watering £1billion on transforming Manchester City's fortunes over the past three years. As their record-breaking annual loss of £195million illustrated, they operate on a different planet to any of their rivals.
Roberto Mancini's expensively assembled squad had made the best ever start to a top flight season since Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool side of 1990/91. In notching 11 wins and a draw in 12 games prior to yesterday they had plundered a remarkable 42 goals, including six at Old Trafford.
But the Reds showed the oil rich owner from Abu Dhabi that there are some things money can't buy. The spirit and sense of togetherness Dalglish has fostered since his return to the hot-seat last January was showcased in all its glory.
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LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish believes the scheduling of the Carling Cup quarter-final is “irresponsible”. The Scot was outraged when he discovered his side would have to play Chelsea at Stamford Bridge two days after yesterday’s league match at home to Manchester City. Liverpool held discussions with the Premier League, Football League and Sky television in an attempt to get one of the games moved but it was to no avail. The Premier League were reluctant to bring the league match forward because of concerns it would cause major inconvenience to fans at short notice. Also the Metropolitan Police could not sanction a move to Wednesday because of a Trades Union Congress rally taking place in central London that day and Tottenham’s Europa League game at home to PAOK Salonika. Dalglish is likely to make a number of changes for their second trip to Chelsea in just over a week - having won 2-1 the weekend before last - but that has not stopped him speaking out again about the timing.
Forty-eight hours is a bit irresponsible for the people who’ve organised the dates of the matches. It’s not just us, it’s Man City,” he said. “To ask any team or any players to play two games of high intensity in 48 hours is a bit of a joke. “I don’t know why the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association) don’t come in and say something about it - it’s their players. For me it’s difficult to understand why they don’t come out and say something. Or do they agree with it? “We know we’ve got to accept it although we don’t agree with it, and it won’t affect the application or give us an excuse. “There’ll be one or two bumps and bruises I would have thought, and maybe one or two missing, but we have a strong squad and we’ve made changes in other Carling Cup matches. “It will be a late shout because we have to give everyone the best possible opportunity to recover. “We’ve sold out our tickets for the match, we know what’s expected, the players know what’s expected of them, so all we can do is try our best and see what happens.” Chelsea played on Saturday so they have had an extra day to recover. Dalglish believes Andre Villas-Boas will keep disruptions to his side down to a minimum. “I don’t expect Chelsea to have to make changes,” he added. “He (Villas-Boas) has said he’ll use the competition to try to develop three young players he has that he likes, so I suppose those three will play.”
ChriS>when the authorities (especially the POLICE) cover up their neglect, whilst we are trying to expose their CRIMINAL NEGLIGENCE they wont DO ANYTHING (never have done) to help LIVERPOOL, city, team or our Supporters, the bizzies hate that we have something on them!
Lucas and Charlie Adam celebrate the equaliser against Manchester City
Thanks to all those who sent a birthday card in the hope that it eventually finds my ESTRANGED little girl NOela ( 10 years old on 28th November)
|Last picture taken of Noela in our garden before the ambush/abduction|
and on a "lighter note"
in a GREAT mood after last night..but, still, sux weeks pf "in-validity" due to broken ankle means "immobile" for next xmas, so Chrissie-(xmas)/new year parties or dancing are unlikely ..probably!
..so....am looking for a "girl/lady friday/nurse"..URGENT WANTED; a good lady, of no special age, but who has a feeling for life, who cares, , but who can laugh at life, (and at me sometimes!!) help with the shopping and a occasional chores/outings; with sensitivity, who hopefully enjoys my stories and the essence of life ; "live-in(g)" if poss ;0 free (inc meals and some "pocket money") ideal for any language student who wants to exchange english-serbian/montenegrin ...And who will help make this a "Happy ChriSmith" ;)
p.s. must have own sexy nurse's uniform (only joking, lass! ) <smile>
p.p.s if are interested send me a pm, if u arent keep yr comments to yourself, lol x
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