Monday, September 03, 2007

Rams Caught In The Headlights

Reds Turned Anfield Into Rams Slaughterhouse

English Premiership
LIVERPOOL 6 - 0 Derby

LIV - Alonso (27min, 69min), Babel (45min), Torres (56min, 78min), Voronin (76min);

Match Highlights:

Thanks Fiz :)

Your brother here has totally no time to catch the match or even afford to sit down for a repeat telecast of the match but from the match highlights (it has been removed, boo hoo), I really think this bunch of players are the closest we can get to help us retrieve what had been lost for the past 20 odd years.

It was a show of what Liverpool had been lacking for the past few seasons under Benitez, or rather, the past decades under the different managers that had tried and failed. Putting the rams under the sword, slaughtered and leaving no traces behind.

It was a epitaph of clean finishing, hunger and so clinical that once Xabi Alonso's dipping freekick went into Stephen Bywater's net, there was no way back for the rams. Byt then it was too late to know they're in a slaughter house...

Without the 'English pillars' of Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard, with added problems in the bootroom as Pako Ayesteran not present for the match due to unknown reason, Liverpool still showed their quality, or more like highlighting the shortcomings of the newly promoted team.

On paper, it was probably a no-fight but a score line of 6-0 probably suggested that either Liverpool are stronger than we think or Derby are worst than we thought.

Well, it's up to personal judgment but for me, as a Liverpool fan, no doubt I'll want to give credit to Benitez and his Red army. Even from the goals, we see how hungry these group of players are. They fight for every inch of the grass just like how Mascherano slid in to dispossess an unaware Derby defender.

Or even how the goals oozes class and composure, particularly Ryan Babel's first goal for the club in his first ever start for Liverpool. A deadly feint just outside the box took out two Derby defender who dived in to block the shot. Bam! With his right foot, leaving Bywater with absolutely no chance.

Fernando Torres' brace at Anfield was a welcoming one, showing that he really settled down well at Anfield and that he might just be that someone we have been searching for years. Could be another false dawn but what's bad about harbouring hopes on a proven quality?

His first goal showed his deft touch, his pace and his finishing ability. He raced past the Derby defenders as if they weren't there and his reverse shot was well placed, sending the Kop End into raptures.

And his second was pure predatory instinct, something natural within a striker. Todd's first touch was terrible, giving Torres the time to steal possession from behind and once again, his pace left the defence dead and a tap in into an empty net was all he needed to do.

Derby was so bad on so many levels and the difference in terms of class and standard was apparent. The rich gets richer, buys the better player while the poor could only be canon fodders while once in a while, putting up encouraging display and only render to relegation again in the end.

Whatever the case, kudos to Liverpool. You can say 'It's only Derby' but when was the last time you've seen such a comprehensive display by Liverpool?

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