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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Liverpool repeat Istanbul heroics

I would love to know what the odds were on the FA Cup final ending 3-3 and then Liverpool winning on penalties. I thought I would never see anything like Istanbul again; I was wrong. West Ham were awesome and very unlucky to lose the game but Liverpool just kept going and going in and Steven Gerrard we truly have one of the greatest players in the world at the moment. His goal to make it 2-2 was fantastic; his goal to make it 3-3 was simply majestic. The game was so similar to the Champions League final that even at the end of extra-extra time Reina had to make a great save to deny the Hammers, just like Dudek made against Shevchenko. I take my hats off to both teams for giving us one of the best FA Cup finals ever.

As a Liverpool fan I am delighted that we have ended the season winning some silverware. Rafa has been here for two seasons and has delivered two trophies in that time, and we have also, this season, achieved our highest ever points tally in the Premiership. Under Houllier we had the potential to be a great side; under Benitez we are realising that potential. Benitez knows that Liverpool need to improve even further to win the league and this is where Houllier failed. His signings were simply awful and we ended up going backwards. I cannot see Benitez making the same mistakes and if he can get the right players in, then we really will be serious title contenders.

This is a great time to be Liverpool fan.


Blogger T said...

SKG- when Liverpool went two goals down I said one word to my brother: 'Istanbul'. It's amazing that lightning did strike twice!You are spot on to highlight the similarites- even going down to a last mintue great save in extra-time by Reina to take it to penalties.

As I said on Redsman's post- I definitely believe like you that your team are on the way up under Benitez's leadership. He is a fantastic manager- and I'm convinced he is going to bring in more quality players in the summer that will strengthen the team. His determination looks clear to build a team that will win the P'ship title... and given his record at Valencia and his first two seasons at Anfield, who will back against him not being able to achieve this feat?

5/14/2006 5:46 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

With Benitez there is immense promise, he is tactical and when I have doubted his judgement I have nonetheless stood behind him, for he knows and feels the team. He, as much as any other coach, despise losing and it hurts when it happens, so he aims to build the team in accordance with the club spirit into a strong one. But improvement and purchases (one may bring the other) are required to push the likes of Chelsea for the title. I hope so, made the race much more unpredictable than it has been,


5/14/2006 7:42 pm

Blogger SKG said...

i've noticed more similarities between the two finals - kewell started both games and was substituted injuring his groin; milan were also wearing white shirts like the hammers; the penalties were taken at the opposition end; hamann came on as a sub; liverpool players got cramp. can anyone else think of more? i've also heard that liverpool's bus route around the city today was identical!

5/14/2006 7:58 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It just goes to show what a difference a truly world-class player can make. Very few teams are lucky to have one in their ranks and when the chips are down its these players who seperate teams. Gerrards done on the big occasions just like Zizou. can't wait to see which of Ronaldinho or the perennial big stage flop Henry will show their true colours on wednesday!

5/15/2006 4:42 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Yes, Anon (4.42PM), what a final to come in the Stade de France. Possibly the toss-up between Henry's speed, vision, and finishing, and Ronaldinho's equal vision, skill, and finishing. What is it that makes you say he is a big stage flop?


5/15/2006 9:22 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just think that the great attacking players prove themselves in the big occasions by dominating defences and scoring goals. Henry is older than Ronaldinho and has more opportunities but...he failed to score in the finals of: UEFA Cup 2000, Euro 2000, the three consecutive cup finals between 2001-2003. He also failed to score in the world cup 2002 and didnt exactly set the world on fire at euro 2004. I'm not saying he isn;t a good player, he is. You have a feature on Shearer, who didn't get the opportunity to play in massive games and no matter his class his legacy will be affected by that. Henry has had those chances and been in those teams, but he hasn't, so far, stamped his authority on world football with his performances. Zidane has done it, Gerrards done it, Ronaldos done it, but Henry hasn't and Ronaldinho is getting his first chance this summer with a CL final and a World Cup. If Ronaldinho failed to score/open up teams this summer in Germany it would be regarded as a flop because he should step up in those circumstances.

5/16/2006 4:39 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

Right, Anon, thanks for returning back. I believe T, a Gooner fan, asked why it was Henry was overlooked for World Player Of The Year in an article either this year or last, and I stated that possibly one's performance domestically and internationally is taken into consideration.

My logic is one cannot be World Player and be the best in the world without influentially playing globally, i.e. internationally. Head-tohead, I think Henry has a superior doemstic record to Ronaldinho's and this is then balanced in the Brazilian's favour when intenrational records are compared.


5/16/2006 10:59 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with anon on his comments about Henry but not realy about the others. He claims players like Gerard have done it and Ronaldinho is getting his first chance? Erm Gerard has been preety average for england and hasnt done or won any international honour but you put him in that list. Lets see what he can do this time around.... Ronaldinho was a rising star in the last world cup and had a good world cup? Remember the goal againts England? He has already been there and done that...:)

5/17/2006 3:02 pm

Blogger RedsMan said...

No, fair point, Anon (3.02PM), Gerrard has been average for England, England in general have been average, which I find incredible when I look on the players we have.


5/17/2006 4:51 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see what you are saying but I mean Gerrard has done it by scoring in SIX finals! Admittedly hes been average for England and ahasn;t produced the same form but I think his performances in big finals show him to be a world beater. Ronaldinho did score in the world cup but it was Ronaldo's goalscoring form that was the stand out...You make a good point though.

5/18/2006 9:56 am


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