Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Drogballs' Pick For Liverpool's Top 15 Goals of the Season; End Of Season Player Ratings

Drogballs' Top 15 Liverpool Goals This Season

Although the Premiership season 05/06 is already over and done with, we could still look back at a very decent season for Liverpool. We've played a total of 62 games the entire season stretching back from July and the number of games we played is almost double those of Tottenham Hotspur. We have scored around a hundred goals in the 05/06 season and from now on, I'll present you my pick of the top 15 goals that has been scored by Liverpool this seasons starting tonight. My criteria for ranking these goals are base on the technique and the impact of those goals. I have to choose carefully and pick them from the 100 odd goals. So here it is...

No. 15: Luis Garcia vs Everton

We're down to 10 men against bitter rivals Everton at Anfield. Gerrard was sent off earlier in the first half and we took a surprise lead thanks to a Philly Neville's diving own goal. We then went ahead after the break through Little Luis....

Route one stuff. A long kick from Reina, a little knock on from Crouch and Little Luis, using his footballing brains tapped the ball inward and got between Stubbs and Nuno Valente before chipping the ball over Richard Wright into an unguarded net.

So, stay tune for goal number 14 to number 1!

Liverpool's Player Of The Season
You guessed it. It's none other than the skipper Steven Gerrard. His inspiration and drive has brought Liverpool into another level and often the one who revives us when we're dead and buried. From Liverpoolfc.tv:

1. Steven Gerrard 33%
2. Jamie Carragher 26%
3. Xabi Alonso 12%
4. Momo Sissoko 8%
5. Steve Finnan 4%
6. Pepe Reina 5%
7. Harry Kewell 5%
8. Sami Hyypia 2%
9. Robbie Fowler 1%
10. Peter Crouch 1%

Drogballs' 05/06 Season Player Ratings
I'll not only do a top 15 goals countdown, but I'll give ratings to the players as well. It will be based on their overall contributions and performance over the whole season. Today, I'll cover on defenders and goalkeepers:


25 Jose Reina - 7.5 / 10 - A new signing this season and proved to be a good buy. Has his ups and downs this season really. Not the best when reacting to crosses and high ball and also tend to spills shot due to his inexperience. But his penalty saving heroics in the FA Cup and his 22 clean sheets in the Premiership this season proved that he might be young, but he'll come good. Hopefully soon!

1 Jerzy Dudek - 7 / 10 - Didn't play much games with Reina taking over his position but did his job well when called upon. Never break into first team this season and he'll be disappointed by the decision to drop him from the Poland World Cup squad.


2 Jan Kromkamp - 7 / 10 - Joined Liverpool during the January transfer window. He took a little too long to settle down and get used to the pace and tenacity of the English game, but surely he looks better and I feel more secure having him than Josemi. Might be on his way out though, when Daniel Alves looks like he's coming over.

3 Steve Finnan - 8 / 10 - Hailed as Mr Consistent by fans and pundits alike, he has been one of the most improved players this season. He had quite a fatastic season this time round and has never let the team down. Although not the most pacy of fullbacks, his positioning sense covered up the flaw and he isn't too bad going forward either. Has been seen marauding down the right wing when Liverpool had the ball and has been putting in quality crosses countless times this season.

4 Sami Hyypia - 8 / 10 - He might be an ageing defender, but his performance this season has been generally good. A tower in the defence, his commanding presence brings confidence within the back four and seldom put up a bad game. Might not be too composed at times, but the cool Finn has already booked a place in every modern day Liverpool fan's heart as a legend.

6. John Arne Riise - 7.5 / 10 - His actual position was actually a winger, but was converted into a wing-back and did well enough this season. Although he has more to offer offensively than defensively, he has been part of the Liverpool defence that broke records after records this season. Has a good eye for a blast too!

21. Djimi Traore - 5 / 10 - Just pure shit, really. When you see him play or come on as a substitute, PLEASE PRAY! Thank God he's leaving soon anyway...

23. Jamie Carragher - 8.5 / 10 - He's the man isn't it? A local lad who supported bitter rivals Everton, yet playing so passionately for Liverpool. Who can doubt his professionalism and passion for us and has been rock solid again this season. He and Hyypia formed one of the most water-tight defence this season and consistently put up fantastic performances for us. Not the fastest centre-back, but his reading of the game is class.

28. Stephen Warnock - 6.5 / 10 - A good squad player, but not good enough for the first team. He's a solid, no-nonsense defender and plays abit like Carragher. Puts in fantastic crosses as well. Didn't play too many games for me to judge him though.

Alright, stay tune for goal number 14 tomorrow and World Cup Preview galore!

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