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Liverpool sit on the cliff edge of uncertainty and growing frustration, as the stand off between Owners and fans seems to be affecting the players, according to Liverpool skipper Stevie G it isn’t easy to just block it all out, all the time. Pepe Reina maybe feels the same, he couldn’t block out the goals last night, conceding two goals in quick succession, although the second goal was a bit of a weird own goal.
Déjà vu ? Seems that way. Another draw, yes. Another resounding backing from the fans for Rafa Benitez, but no full intensity from the players on the pitch. Dirk Kuyt in the box, something new and welcomed by fans. An assist even. Wow, it has can only get better, you’d be fooled into thinking. But that where it stops. Five seconds of productivity, and 92.5 minutes of utter frustration. Yossi Benayoun, doing so well to get the goal, seemed to think, just like Kuyt, that their efforts for the opening goal were enough for the evening. They were horribly wrong.
While a full thumbs up to the crowd is in order for a wonderful backing of both coach and club, seeing their team once again display a mediocre performance must leave them disillusioned to say the least. But the main problem seems to be getting that second goal, the goal that kills off the hopes of your opposition. That has been a re-occurring problem point for the Reds throughout this season so far.
Kewell, showing a few glimpses of his true potential, fizzles out again. Hyppia and Carragher did well at the back, Fabio Aurelio seemed to have put on Jon Arne Riise’s boots, Mascherano was intense in constantly breaking down Aston Villa attacks, but still lacks that edge going forward, and once again, Skipper Steven Gerrard played deeper than Mascherano, when it should have been the other way around. He definitely plays with more freedom when Xabi Alonso is his midfield partner.
The mystery discussion currently is the Crouch debacle. What has he done to limit himself to cameo appearances. Is it because he is so tall that when he stretches his legs he can warm the whole bench at one time? I don’t think so. Peter Crouch was asked to perform a miracle and duly managed to do what Dirk Kuyt could not in 88 mins…come in and do the job, end of discussion
Why doesnt Crouch get more starts
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Gerrard hits out at unstable Reds
Gerrard has grown tired of the constant speculation at Liverpool
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says speculation over the club’s ownership and the future of manager Rafa Benitez is affecting the players on the pitch.
Liverpool lie fifth in the Premier League after a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa and are 14 points adrift of Manchester United and Arsenal.
Gerrard said: “It’s not just this week, it’s been going on for some time and it’s certainly not helping the players.
“I’ve got to be careful what I say, but it’s certainly not helping the team.”
Interview: Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez
Liverpool have come under intense media scrutiny in recent weeks after prolonged speculation over Benitez’s future and the management direction of American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
You try to put what’s going on off the pitch to the back of your mind-
Last week, Hicks revealed he had spoken to Jurgen Klinsmann in November about the possibility of taking over from Benitez, before the German agreed to become Bayern Munich’s new coach at the start of next season.
The revelation followed a very public spat between Benitez and the Americans over the Spaniard’s transfer policy.
BBC Sport understands Dubai Investment Capital is preparing a bid to buy the club from the American duo, who took charge less than a year ago.
Supporters at Anfield on Monday chanted and held up banners in support of Benitez, while also asking for Hicks and Gillett to sell the club to DIC.
Are Liverpool out of the Premier League title race?
Gerrard added: “We know what’s going on, but as players you’ve got a job to do on the pitch and you try to put what’s going on off the pitch to the back of your mind.
“But sometimes it’s impossible, when it is every day.”
Manager Benitez has refused to be drawn on speculation over his future since the Klinsmann revelation came to light earlier in January.
The Spaniard said: “If you win and you play well then obviously everyone is a lot happier and things are a lot easier.
“But I really don’t have too much information, I just keep preparing
for games and try to win every game.
“I am trying not to think about this.”
The 2-2 draw with Villa was the sixth time Liverpool have been held at Anfield in the Premier League.
Apart from Portsmouth, no other team has drawn so many home games as Liverpool.
Liverpool fanzine editor John Mackin told BBC Sport the fans are united in wanting Hicks and Gillett to leave.
“The Americans have to go,” said Mackin. “They’ve let everybody down associated with the club.
“They’ve let the manager down by not backing him publicly, they’ve gone behind his back and undermined his position and in doing so, they’ve embarrassed the supporters.
“They’ve dragged the name of the club through the mud and made us a laughing stock.”
Clash Of The Titans
Day 2 of the Nations cup saw the first hattrick, more cynical tackles and a moment of sheer class..The first game saw Morocco thrash Namibia 5-1.. And i happened to see the game.. Personally i think Namibia should join Guinea in the plane ticket queue..The extremely weak and i wondered how they qualify.. The Moroccan skipper, Safri smaks to control the game and he’s a sharp player as well.. Namibia’s tacklin was cynical and suicidal.. They going home first..The other game of the day saw Kanoute score a winner for Mali against Benin..
I didnt see the game as i was watchin the Liverpool game.. maybe someone can provide input on that fixture..The game of the day was between pre tournament favourite Ivory Coast and African powerhouses Nigeria.. The Super Eagles vs the Mighty Elephants..
Drogba vs Kanu.. Toure vs Yobo.. Martins vs Dindane.. Zokora vs Olofinjana.. Yakubu vs Kalou..
The match had all the elements of being a classic..Both teams were cautious, but werent to shy to attack as well.. Ivory Coast controlled the game and it was controlled by my man of the match Didier Zokora.. The winner came from a moment of sheer class from Solomon kalou.. The chelski striker rided 4 tackles before slotting past a helpless keeper..
TaKiLLa’s Player Of The Day – Alloudi (Morocco Nr 7)..Scored a hatrick
TaKiLLa’s Mugg Of The Day – Namibian Team (Cynical tackles)
TaKiLLa’s Golden Moment Off The Day – Kalou’s goal
Today’s Games===============Tuesday 22nd January African Cup of Nations 17:00 Egypt vs Cameroon 19:30 Sudan vs Zambia
Rooney voted world’s ugliest 22/01/2008 11:47 – (SA)
London – Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has been voted the world’s ugliest footballer.
Rooney – often compared to movie ogre Shrek – beat Barcelona’s buck-toothed Brazilian Ronaldinho and teammate Carlos Tevez.
According to The Sun website, of the women polled by
www.thepeoplesclub.com, 33% picked the England star.
But a fifth of girls said they would go out with an ugly footballer just for their money.
1. Wayne Rooney 2. Ronaldinho 3. Carlos Tevez 4. Peter Crouch 5. Ronaldo 6. Luke Chadwick 7. Robbie Fowler 8. Darren Fletcher 9. Rio Ferdinand 10. Ruud van Nistelrooy
Er,,How many MANCS in this list, lets see 1,2,3,4,5,6 if you count former Mancs.
Come On, Give the Liverpool guys a chance here
PUNISHER, Crouch no.6 Rooney NO 1. I owe you an aplogy.It seems Rooney is better than Crouch on this one occasion