Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Reds Into Finals

Barclays Asia Trophy

South China FC 1 - 3 Liverpool

LIV - Riise, Alonso, Agger

I have to admit that even though the match time is perfect for people here in Asia and it's in the prime time 8pm slot, I still didn't manage to catch the match until the final 10 minutes. There I was a little confused as to why a blond wearing a number 4 is playing in central midfield. And who's that familiar looking partner of his.

Then I realise it was Sami Hyypia and Alvaro Arbeloa playing in the middle of the park after some minor injuries to captain, Steven Gerrard, and also some passport problem for new boy Lucas Leiva.

Well, can't be too bad to win a trophy prior to the 07/08 season and we'll be meeting Portsmouth next in the Barclays Asia Trophy final after the men from the south coast beat Fulham by 1 goal to nil.

Riise got the ball rolling with a thunderbolt special from him. After scoring against Werder Bremen in similar circumstance, he seemed to be on a roll.

Xabi Alonso then tucked in a second from the spot after Andriy Voronin was adjudged to have been brought down in the box.

But South China proved that they aren't pushovers by hitting one back against the Reds. Li Haiqiang from a long way out, bent the ball towards the top corner of Scott Carson's goal. It was a true beauty and hard to fault Carson as it looked destined for the net.

But Daniel Agger continued his good goalscoring form by blasting in Liverpool's third. It was started off by he himself and Voronin's deft first touch that sets him up was pretty impressive. Good team goal all round and it must've pleased the fans.

Liverpool should've put the match beyond doubt in the final few minutes of the game after Pennant and Voronin both found themselves presented with chances but finishing was sadly, not good enough.

Stadium Plans To Be Announced Today

This is SO exciting, I tell thee. After years of speculating and hoping, here is the moment of truth. 11am GMT, Tom Hicks and George Gillett, together with his architects, will unveil the plans for the purposed New Anfield, which is set to be completed by 2010.

The pictures I've posted a few weeks back have caused some commotions on various indie Liverpool FC forums and I can't guarantee if the new plans will bear any resemblance of those.

Stay tuned to find out more. Exciting times ahead.

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