Soon, it's another year and all we can do is look back at this year. The year of 2006. Year of joy and jubilation. Year of disappointment and sadness. It's always full of emotion when it comes to sports and honestly, those memories stays with us forever. From the moment Zinedine Zidane head-butted Marco Materazzi to Steven Gerrard's 30 yard volley which handed Liverpool the prestigious FA Cup, they will forever etched in our minds.
Liverpool got off to a great start in 2006 with a slender 1-0 win over relegated (now we know) West Bromwich Albion with Peter Crouch scoring the winning goal. Tomasz Kuszczak putting up with a fine display of goalkeeping.
Then Drew At The Reebok
But the 10 games winning streak was soon over. A visit to the cursed Reebok Stadium saw Liverpool drew 2-2 with Bolton with Luis Garcia on hand to rescue the Reds. El-Hadji 'Spitter' Diouf was on the score sheet as well. So much for being the all time Liverpool number 9 who scores the least number of goals. There was also accusation of Steven Gerrard stamping on fellow scouser, Kevin Nolan, who quickly dismissed it as accidental.
Reds' First Signing
Liverpool's first signing for 2006 was Paul Anderson from Hull City. It saw Academy star, John Welsh, moving the other direction.
Second signing was Dutch internation, Jan Kromkamp, who promptly left in the summer (sorry for the spoiler!). He was to be a back up for Steve Finnan and also another alternate solution for the right wing problem.
Liverpool Defeat Luton In FA Cup Classic
Another hightlight of the season will be coming back from 3-1 down against lowly Luton Town and defeat them 5-3 with Xabi Alonso scoring two wonderful goal, one being from the halfway line. It was an FA Cup classic with much passion and unpredictable ending. But the defence had an off day and was to be blamed for the near embarrassing performance. Even captain, Steven Gerrard felt that he might have incurred the wrath of Rafa Benitez and fumbled during the interview.
Agger Do For Liverpool
Danish international defender, Daniel Agger, who has been wooed by Rafa for quite a long time has officially signed for Liverpool. He's only 21 and already played for the Danish national team including the humiliation of England previously. Touted as the new Alan Hansen, he's comfortable on the ball and not afraid to shoot from distance. A great acquisition as a backup for ageing Hyypia and the ever-present-but-will-retire-one-day Jamie Carragher.
Some of you might have forgotten him for now. But he scored a wonder goal against Spurs in their 1-0 defeat.
Heartbreak Old Trafford
I think many Liverpool fans felt the same. It was almost the last kick of the game and Liverpool were holding on for a goal less draw. Giggs then floated in a perfect free kick for Rio Ferdinand to head pass Reina, who had a hand on it, but couldn't keep it out. My heart sank and seeing Gary Neville doing his 'sex-wee' pisses me off. Bugger it. I remembered Liverpool playing well in that match but couldn't get any out of them. Tough luck.
Sven To Quit Over 'Fake Sheikh' Scandal
Not that important, but quite funny actually. Sven Goran-Erikkson was set up in the News of the World plot which he promptly fell into. He revealed plans on how he will bring Beckham to Aston Villa and other rubbish. NotW then published it and then under pressure, he released a statement that he'll quit England after the 2006 World Cup.
Return Of The 'God'
Robbie Fowler, 'God' of Anfield, re-sign for Liverpool sensationally after leaving the club in 2001. Under Gerard Houllier, Fowler found little opportunity to show what he can and moved on to Leeds United. It was emotional for him and he didn't make much impact for Leeds or later, Manchester City. Injuries hampered his career but still managed to score against ManYoo in ManC's 3-1 win over the bitter rivals. Celebrating the goal, he held up 5 fingers which many believe to be a slight dig at ManYoo as Liverpool have won the European Cup for 5 times.
I remembered that I was awake 4am in the morning playing game. Decided to check out the official site and saw 'Interview with Robbie Fowler'. I thought 'Why on earth are they interviewing him for?' before I saw the 'Reds re-sign Fowler' headline. Chuffed. Totally chuffed!
Road To Cardiff: FA Cup
In the FA Cup, we drew Manchester United in the 5th round. That is after Liverpool defeated Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park. Goals from Steven Gerrard and John Arne Riise sees off the challenge.
That concludes the first part of the review. Stay tune for more.