Studs Up


That was…. easy.
March 10, 2009, 11:03 pm
Filed under: Liverpool FC

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In Rafa I trust.

Rafael Benitez has had his critics at Liverpool since well before his infamous rant.  But tonight he did again what he has been consistently doing since he arrived at Anfield, masterminding exceptional victories in Europe.  Real Madrid have never lost a European tie so heavily in their entire history, and they have won more European Cups than anybody else.  So, who reckons Rafa Benitez has “lost the plot at Liverpool”?

 

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Before the game, I had fears of a dull 0-0, with Real struggling to break Liverpool down whilst Liverpool sat content to keep the winning margin they had already secured in Madrid.  But while half of that prophesy came true, the other half most certainly didn’t.  Liverpool decided to turn up and play a bit of football, a shock move that nobody could have predicted, least of Real Madrid.  And it showed, as within 10 minutes Casillas had probably convinced bookmakers to suspend betting on the keeper receiving the man of the match award.  It’s not clear to me why Torres suddenly forgot that he usually needs 3 or 4 matches following an injury to recover his match-fitness, why Mascherano mysteriously decided to hit top form out of the blue, or why Ryan Babel suddenly realised he had a left foot (even he only used it once).  What is clear, is that Liverpool pummelled Real Madrid tonight.

If Liverpool had played like they did tonight on a consistent basis this season, I think they would be visiting Old Trafford this weekend with a title-push hanging in the balance.  As it is, the weekend’s game is for pride only.  But while the riddle of Liverpool’s contrasting form in Europe and in the Premier League continues to defy those who attempt to solve it, for me one thing is clear, Liverpool are still European Giants… thanks to Rafa.

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Comment by DL

Well, I have felt for a while we were going to “ravage” someone at Anfield (Bill Shankly’s word!). But who would have imagined it would be the mighty Real? Make no mistake, that result will send tremors around the European capitals of football.
Let’s hope the boys can take this spirit and momentum into the game at Old Trafford. I agree that a win there will be of only academic interest as far as the destiny of the title is concerned. But what a boost it would be for the rest of the season, especially if the Mancs come to get in the way of Number Six.YNWA

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