Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New Year, New Hope?

My apologies for leaving this blog totally by itself for the past months. I've been busy working and heavily involved in other things more important than football.

But anyway, welcome to 2008 and here is a reminder that I'll be called into serving the nation during March so expect this blog to be even more empty after that. I have no choice but to leave you guys and concentrate on giving my best to my nation.

Anyway, it hasn't been a good start for Liverpool in 2008. Disappointing yet true. The first premiership match of the year was Wigan and a supposed new start to the year may probably bring an abrupt end to Liverpool's title hopes.

It has been almost 2 decades since Liverpool had won the domestic title and it looked set to carry on for yet another season.

It was a disappointing game from start to end, bar the brilliant Fernando Torres goal, which oozed class but that was about it. With only Torres performing and the rest ranged from mediocre (I'm looking at you, John Arne) to average, no doubt the burden is more than what the Spaniard could carry.

Then the haphazard performance was on the encore at Kenilworth Road when Luton managed to hold Liverpool to a 1-1 draw and it was truly a hall-of-fame worthy show from the home side. Not to forget, appalling on Liverpool's part.

I'm befuddled as to how Liverpool could look so bad against Luton and honestly speaking, I'm embarrassed, especially when Peter Crouch put the ball into the back of the net against the run of play.

I felt things balanced up much more when Riise put the ball into his own net but Luton really deserved to win the match, if not for some poor misses and some crucial intervention from Jamie Carragher.

Deja vu of the 2005 FA Cup tie where Liverpool miraculously turned the game upside down after going behind was never going to happen again as they were outplayed, outfought and outmuscled. Luton showed so much more hunger and tenacity in their football and the millionaires hailed from Merseyside looked disinterested and out of sort.

A replay at Anfield could mean that we have the advantage but Rafa and his men really need to sort it out and pull up the socks before things turn ugly. Though we somehow know that we're not going to win the league this year, this shouldn't stop us from hungering for more glory and not resting on laurels.

With the signing of Martin Skrtel imminent, there's still a shot at glory, albeit it's only the cup we're talking about. But no harm winning anyone of them, if the players make a decision to want it.


Aslan said...

The problem with Liverpool is not at all monetary related !! It is Steven Gerrard. This article typifies why steven gerrard is the cause of all of liverpools problems. Quality Reading -

kuyt_kl said...

to put it straight, it was never G8 fault that the team relied on him too much!