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Charlton 0-3 Liverpool – Barclaycard Premiership – 16 Dec. 06 December 18, 2006

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badgelogo.JPGLiverpool’s third wonder game in a row! I’m not going to analyze much because I’m on holiday, but let’s hope this good streak continues in the tight holiday schedule coming up!

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Liverpool 4-0 Fulham – Barclaycard Premiership – 9 Dec. 06 December 10, 2006

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badgelogo2.JPGAnother 4 goal thrashing via an ideal Liverpool lineup! A perfect second half had Liverpool working like clockwork, producing some of the most beautiful football seen in the Benitez era to date. The goals were coming from everywhere, even Jamie Carragher scored his first goal in 8 years! With plenty of cash coming from the hopeful DIC takeover and the terrific shows Liverpool have been putting on, hope of major success – that seemed far from reach only 10 days ago – looks eminent and real!   

The players had a terrific game! The back four were solid as always and their frequent ventures into fulham’s end of the field produced a Jamie Carragher goal. The midfielders did good as well and the other 3 goals came from here, most notable of which was Luis Garcia’s remarkable header, not to undermine the other two from a Mark Gonzales free kick and a Steven Gerrard penalty rebound. The front two did fine trying their best to score, but a winter purchase in the striking department is becoming a must!   

Currently 4th in the standings, things aren’t as bad as they seemed. At least 3rd place must be achieved by the time the championship is over! And next season … why not!  

Roundup – UEFA Champions League – 6 Dec. 06 December 7, 2006

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chmps.JPGAgain, a decent amount of goals in an entertaining set of matches, the Champions League never ceases to impress viewers everywhere! Another upset was encountered when minnows Lille beat already qualified AC Milan 2-0 at the San Siro. Elsewhere Man United and Arsenal survived scares from Portuguese clubs but made it through to the second round beating Benfica 3-1 and drawing with Porto 0-0 respectively. 

In the other games Anderlecht drew 2-2 with AEK Athens, Hamburg beat CSKA Moscow 3-2, Copenhagen beat Celtic 3-1, Lyon drew 1-1 with Steaue Bucharest, and Finally Dynamo Kyiv drew 2-2 with Real Madrid.  

In the next round we will have the following teams fighting it out again: Chelsea, Barcelona, Valencia, Roma, Liverpool, PSV, Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Lyon, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Celtic, Arsenal, Porto, Milan, and Lille.  

Roundup – UEFA Champions League – 5 Dec. 06 December 6, 2006

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chmps.JPGAlthough it was the last match-day of the group stage, a goal loaded set of matches were played. Most notable of the games was Barcelona’s 2-0 win over Werder Bremen, including a hilarious free kick from Ronaldinho, who tricked the defensive wall by shooting the ball under it, leaving the keeper furious after seeing the ball end up in his net! The win secured Barcelona qualification for the next round. Also on the brink of elimination was Roma, who saved some face and came through after defeating Valencia 1-0. Over in Istanbul, a reserve Liverpool side did not repeat their 2 year ago heroics and lost to Galatasaray 3-2. 

In the other games Chelsea beat Levski Sophia 2-0, Olympiakos drew 1-1 with Shakhtar, PSV lost to Bordeaux 3-0 Bayern Munich drew 1-1 with Inter Milan, and finally Sporting lost to Spartak Moscow 1-3. 

Wigan 0-4 Liverpool – Barclaycard Premiership – 2 Dec. 06 December 3, 2006

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badgelogo2.JPGAt last! The first away win of the season! It finally came at the expense of poor Wigan, in the form of a terrific thrashing that shows what Liverpool are really capable of when they play football proper. Four great goals from open play; properly built up and masterfully executed! All the players had a good game especially – thank god – the strikers who between them scored three of the four goals; Bellamy getting two and Kuyt another.

I’m sorry if I sound pessimistic – especially after a great game – when I repeat that Anfield needs a new striker! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Benitez adds David Villa to his armada of Spaniards! Waiting for someone to step up his game next to Gerrard – this time it was Bellamy, who had high morale after clearing his name from a court case in Wales! – every now and then will not yield consistency. January is the time to make a proper new acquisition and save another awful season.    

Liverpool 0-0 Portsmouth – Barclaycard Premiership – 29 Nov. 06 December 3, 2006

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Although without a Gerrard master finish this time, the game was an exact replica of the last one! Liverpool dominated play, possession, and all the stats as a matter of fact. However, they were again without creative ideas when it came to scoring goals! This repetitive nature of play will do fine with average teams in the Premiership and Europe, but when crunch time arrives, it won’t be good enough. Let’s wait and see what happens next.