I’m over the moon for a number of reasons. There’s the obvious reasons such as winning is good, beating Man City is excellent, progress in the competition is enjoyable and the pleasure of a winning run building momentum, but, I’m also chuffed for the lads who proved a lot of, what I hesitate to call “supporters,” wrong. The team sheet had barely been announced when the now default reaction to take to Twitter (Ed: hardly the best measure of opinion to be fair) to show how angry you are and to showcase a frightening meltdown in written word format. No show of strength, togetherness, or even a staunch refusal to accept a situation that may not look favourable to us, just all out, pant wetting. This lot should wear nappies, they really should.
Anyway, good lads, who know their role at United as squad players or maturing youths, were given an opportunity to get stuck in, on the big stage and show why they’re on United’s payroll and why they should have a squad number on the back of the programme and I’ve got to say, lads like Elliot, Dummett, Aarons and Abeid had absolutely, superb games. Lads like Armstrong, Obertan, Ryan Taylor, Sammy Ameobi, yeah, not everything they did came off, in fact for a few of them very little came off, but the effort and determination of those lads in particular, to retrieve a stray pass, close Man City down, bust a fucking gut to stop a cross coming into our box or block a shot at goal, was an absolute pleasure to witness. Hopefully the lesson to learn, is that, whatever team United select, in any competition, deserve your backing and support, not just the particular 11 you fancied watching! Personally, I hope that performance acts as inspiration for the likes of Bigirimana, Vuckic, Campbell, Good, Ferreyra etc to give them encouragement should we decide/or injuries dictate, that the side that faces Spurs at White Hart Lane requires their input.
As for the conspiracy theorists with the ‘Ashley demands we lose in cups,’ well, that deserves a slap with a wet fish, it really does. There is a world of difference between something not being a priority, and deliberately wanting to get beat, if the spirit of the performances vs Crystal Palace and Manchester City can’t convince you that we don’t ‘try to lose cup games,’ then perhaps you don’t really have a clue, and Newcastle United isn’t for you?
So, on to Liverpool. Another side who probably don’t have the League Cup very high on their priority list, but have also managed to reach the quarter final stage.
They’ve had a strange start to the campaign. Many expected them to continue on where they left off last season and challenge for the title. But they’ve made an indifferent start. The sale of Luis Suarez encouraged a spending spree and they signed a host of players. Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Javi Manquillo, Emre Can, Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic, Rickie Lambert, Mario Balotelli and Divock Orgli for an eye watering sum of money. Way over the £75m they got for the little, goofy, bitey, racist, shithouse.
But they currently sit 7th, 9 points behind Chelsea. They’ve also got a fight on their hands to get through the Champion’s League Group Stages.
On the road, in the league, they’ve beaten QPR (3-2) and Spurs (3-0) but they’ve also lost at Man City (1-3) and West Ham (1-3).
Jose Enrique, Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Johnn Flanaghan look like they’ll all miss out with injuries. They have no suspensions. Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling both have 3 goals.
With the midweek team being a mix and match job, some players will be entirely frsh for the Liverpool game, some will be somewhat fatigued. However, some of those payers such as Abeid, may well be looking at the first team and thinking he’s at least on par with Anita to play when Tiote is out.
Pardew has some big decisions to make for Saturday’s team. But after 2 wins at Spurs and Man City, I bet any player who has had some slight niggles recently will be suddenly feeling a lot better.
Tiote – Calf – 2 weeks
De Jong – Groin – January
Santon – Knee – November/December
Possible Team (4-2-1-2-1)
1.Krul: 2. Janmaat, 5. S. Taylor, 6. Coloccini, 3. Dummett: 4. Anita, 8. Colback: 7. Sissoko: 11. Obertan, 10. Gouffran.: 9. Cisse,
Elliot, Haidara, Williamson, Cabella, Perez, Riviere, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Andre Marriner
History vs Liverpool
As i mentioned earlier, there been some heavy defeats to this lot, but a few decent results thrown in along the way too.
1983/84 Keegan’s farewell and my second game at SJP. Spot Lawrensen being a sly, snidey, cunt
1984/85 Back in the top flight, Liverpool taking their chances, whilst we couldn’t.
1985/86 A George Reilly winner although sadly, no coverage seems to exist! 1-0 to us
1986/87 Opening day 2-0 defeat with Ian Rush doing the damage with 2 clinical finishes.
1987/88 Stuffed 4-1. Beardsley booed on his return to SJP, Steve Nichol being a goal hog and Spotty McDonald notching from the spot
1988/89 Frank Pingel’s infamous backwards header. 2-2 draw as Liverpool found room for both Ian Rush’s and John Aldridge’s noses in their strike force.
1993/94 Liverpool cuffed with an Andy Cole treble. A wonderful day.
1994/95 Robert Lee whacking in a long ranger off the post before Ian Rush fluked an equaliser
1995/96 Sir Les and Steve Watson rifling home a rebound with Rush again on the mark for the visitors.
1996/97 1-1 with Shearer putting us 1-0 up only for Fowler to equalise
1997/98 2 defeats in 2 weeks, firstly a Steve McManaman double saw us lose 2-1 in the league, and in the league cup, we’d go down 2-0 after extra time with Owen and Fowler responsible. Us playing with Rush and Barnes up front!!
1998/99 A Stephane Guivarc’h debut goal was not the main talking point of this day. A little, shithouse’s hat trick was… 1-4.
1999/00 What went down as a Shearer goal plus a Ferguson header either side of more torment from that little twat, Michael Owen. 2-2 not the worst Boxing day result ever!
2000/01 2-1 Solano and Dyer notching for us, Heskey made it a frantic last 10 minutes
2001/02 An early Risse rocket and a late Murphy goal. Comfortable away win.
2002/03 A wicked Robert free kick in the pissing down, happy New Year, Salif Daio sent off.
Robert’s goal is on here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfyty0_9Iyo
2003/04 1-1 Shearer’s penalty cancelling out Murphy’s goal.
2004/05 Another 1-0 win thanks to a Robert free kick. See on the link above.
2005/06 Remembered for Boumsong’s buffoonery as he miskicked the ball and dragged down Peter Crouch, 1-3. Awful!!
2006/07 2-1 win for us with goals from Martins and Solano, recovering from an early Bellamy goal for them, which he celebrated a little too over enthusiastically for my liking.
2007/08 Stuffed 3-0 fat Sam Allardyce conveniently forgets to mention days like this one.
2008/09 1-5 Fuck knows how we got to 30 minutes at 0-0 but the goals flew in after that. This was vintage Kinnear. He’s probably changed the result in his head by now. Shay Given’s dummy would soon fly over the East Stand
2010/11 Pardew’s first game in charge and a cracking 3-1 win courtesy of Messrs Nolan, Barton and Carroll.
2011/12 Another cracking win. 2-0, both goals for Cisse. The hilarious sight of seeing Enrique in goal for Liverpool. The whole game is here plus a montage of a host of our games. Click here
2012/13 An absolutely horrendous day. Smashed 0-6.
So painful I advise watching it with foreign commentary.
2013/14 Drew 2-2. Cabaye and Dummett for us as our 10 men snatched a point. Yanga-Mbiwa fans can see their hero get sent off after being caught out by Suarez. Click here
The Liverpool way – Click here
BOSS Mag Click here
The Liverpool Way Click here
I really do hope that the visitors have their focus on Real Madrid on Tuesday and that we can get something, but I’m not confident.
Coutinho, Sterling and now that Balotelli has started scoring, him too. But last season Lovren was a huge threat at set pieces for Southampton, he needs watched.
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