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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Xabi- Alonso is the key to Liverpool reaching the final of the Champion’s league

Readers cast your minds back to 1st January 2005 that was the day when Chelsea came to Anfield and were outplayed, outfight and got a helping hand from the referee, which helped them win a game that they should have lost.

Liverpool were fantastic that day, and had Xabi Alonso not got injured from that crude tackle by Lampard then I am convinced that they would have got at least a point from the match.

Since coming back from that injury, Xabi has been in superb form, and I firmly believe that he holds the key to Liverpool beating Chelsea.

The so called experts will not give Liverpool a chance in this match, and I don’t blame them given Liverpool’s performances in the league. But they have been different class in the Champion’s league and away from home they have yet to concede more than 1 goal.

If Liverpool can score at the Bridge, then I trust them to do well defensively. I am predicting Liverpool to go through.


Blogger T said...

We'll wait and see Skipper.

For me, this match is all about Lampard v Gerrard.

Gerrard has had the mantle of best English midfielder taken away from him this season by Lampard.

I expect Gerrard will play with his heart, not his head like in the league cup final, and go all out to grab a crucial away goal.

If Alonso and Biscan are anchoring the midfield, I expect to see a rampaging Gerrard show that can scare the boys in blue.

P.S. I pre-warned Pool fans last year that Drogba could knock Liverpool out of the UEFA cup. He went on to score goals home and away.

I expect Didier to be the number one danger to Liverpool.

4/27/2005 10:40 am

Blogger Abdul said...

Agree with you both that midfield is the area where this tie will be won and lost.

Alonso has amazed me with his high level of performance since his return from injury. But he will have his work cut out keeping Lampard and Co quiet.

Chelsea have not been as tight at the back in recent weeks - and Liverpool will create chances tonight. The question is, can Liverpool convert one of them?

4/27/2005 11:13 am

Anonymous Blue Day said...

I disagree, i believe Dudek will be the key, key to liverpool's downfall. He is due a big blunder so when better to show us his true lack of quality then in a Champions League semi.

Xabi & Gerrard make a formidable pairing, but can they really match lampard & maka, i think not!!!

C'mon u blues!

4/27/2005 1:36 pm

Blogger SKG said...

just seen the first leg. alonso is banned from the second leg but i don't think that will matter. every single liverpool player played well tonight and i have a feeling rafa will play both baros and cisse from the start next tuesday. the first leg derserved to end in a draw. nb - dudek didn't have a save to make but cech had to make two very good ones.

4/27/2005 10:02 pm

Blogger Berry said...

It was tough game at Stamford Bridge and it will be the same at Anfield. After making few mistakes in the first half, Liverpool recovered well in the second half to keep Drogba and Co quiet in front of goal. Bearing in mind Chelsea had put four goals past Barcelona and Bayer Munich in the previous games, Liverpool did well to not concede a goal.
An away goal would have been great but 0-0 score line is just as good. Before the game Liverpool fans would have been happy to leave London with no more than one goal deficit and return to Anfield to win the game.
As the home team the onus will be on Liverpool to take game to Chelsea and play more attacking football than they did at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea will always be threat with the counter attack (especially with the return of Robben) but Liverpool have shown they can keep them at bay.
Liverpool need to keep it tight at the back, keep the ball more than they did in the first game (they kicked the ball to straight to Cech from the second-half kick off) and attack effectively.
Rafa will need to have a plan B should the Liverpool defence give way.

4/29/2005 5:44 pm


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