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Wednesday Jan 27Posted by: Antoine Zammit  11 Comments »

The Daily Antoine 27/1/2010 LFC News Digest

We have a new writer on EOTK, welcome  Mohammed Sami Faizullah If you have missed this postings you can find them here

Well here is some positive news this morning (That the London-Based-News-Mafia is not reporting) but we have moved to first place in the Shortys for #sports. Sao Paulo seem to have more votes than us but I guess they might have a lot of dupes. Once again thanks to all those who voted, YNWA more…

Disappointing game last night but we all know that it is going to be though until the end of season more…
(Transfer window closes on Monday and no good prospects)

And Rafa admits that a point is all that we deserved more…
(We were poor last night, it was a poor game too as Wolves played very negatively. I still have faith in Rafa however.)

Stevie “We will keep fighting” more…

(Stevie you still are not totally fit hopefully we can see your old self back on Saturday. YNWA)

Rafa confirms what we believed that he will not see a penny from Hicks’ cash windfall more…
(Just what we thought)

And the Gaffer backs Gerrard to stay at Liverpool more…
(Yep, Stevie is not going anywhere)

But Rooney wants to see Stevie in a Man Utd shirt more…
(ROFL Wayne has found some of Fergie’s Whisky)

However Stevie G’s wax figure is set to appear in Madame Tussauds more…
(This is really good news for Mourinho, Ancelotti & Mancini. They can all go down there and take a picture with the wax figure and claim they signed him. Their fans will never know the difference)

The Bishop of Liverpool welcomes the make up of the Hillsborough independent panel more…
(Finally we might get some truth, JFT96)

Pepe Reina is close to signing his new contract more…
(Excellent News)

Masch talks about the importance of the Europa League more…

(Every cup is important, every game is important)

Bruce is blaming us for getting knocked out of the FA cup more…

(Not even Fergie has responded to his accusations yet they are so ridiculous. I can’t wait until we play Sunderland now, “Steve Bruce has a big fat head”)

However Humpty Dumpty renews his interest in Babel more…
(So I guess we can blame Bruce for not winning against Wolves then)


Tweet of the Day
In Rafa I still trust, YNWA

My January Transfer Predictions (Higher % more likely):

In
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar : 40%
Milan Jovanovic : 25%
Arda Turan : 25%
Kenwyne Jones : 20%
Nedum Onuoha : 10%
Sebastian Giovinco : 5%
Morauane Chamakh : 1%
Taye Taiwo : 1%
Jeremy Menez : 1%

Out
Ryan Babel : 75%
Damien Plessis : 50%

Wednesday Jan 27Posted by: Kelvin Ng  23 Comments »

Don’t Blame the Players and Rafa AGAIN.

Wolves 0-0 Liverpool. We held a goalless draw against Wolves. Frustrated!!!!! I saw many of the Liverpool fans in facebook was blaming Rafa and the players. But, now it’s not the time to blame them. In this difficult period, we have to show our RESPECT to the team. Do you think the players and the manager are happy after the DAMN RESULT? What if you blame Rafa or the players, you are still with Liverpool right? You don’t support Man Utd or Chelsea because of Liverpool is SUCKS right?

Wolves had prepared to give Liverpool something special. I saw Wolves played like Reading. Their counter attack were pretty good. Reina saved us, he’s the man of the match for me. The good news for us after this match is we can see the confidence of Liverpool. The players showed their character again. Eventhough the game was very tough but we never give up so we fight on. The other good news is  our defence had improve much. Kyrgiakos is awesome!!! He’s almost perfect in the air. Skrtel defence well with confidence. Carra didn’t fear of the attacks of Wolves’ left wing (who is his name?) No one can beat Insua on the left. Reina seems played like a GOD. Another clean sheet for us!!!

The team with confidence can’t get what they want, but they get the complains from the fans?! C’mon, no matter what, we are still Liverpool, we are still like a FAMILY. If one of your family members had made a mistake, will you leave him/her? Will you blame him/her? Or will you give him/her your another support? We always shout the words “YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE”, but the anti-Rafa want Rafa to walk alone?!! The world is truly weird, when Rafa brought us the 5th Champions League trophy, all of the Liverpool fans love him so much. Now, the unlucky Rafa is in a very difficult time because of he don’t have the money to buy players and the injuries of his key players. So, the anti-Rafa appeared, they want Rafa to go, NOT FAIR!!!!! I am not the 100% pro-Rafa but I am a true Liverpool fan, so I have to support the peoples who are working for Liverpool.

Liverpool needs our supports now, it must be the FULL SUPPORT too. Rafa needs us, we must support him just like how did the Valencia fans supported Rafa. Rafa and the players are not to blame, we are REDS, we should support them!!! We are FAMILY!!! Liverpool Forever, YNWA… RESPECT!!!

p/s:  Sorry . I wrote my article as simple as I can, so if there’s some mistakes in my blog, please forgive me or let me know where is the mistakes. thank you YNWA.

Tuesday Jan 26Posted by: Amanda Musch  7 Comments »

There we go again …

If there was full moon, or at least a piece of moon to see, I’d definitely go outside and howl to the moon like a wolf .

What a frustrating match that was! Most of the time we were simply playing rubbish! There were only a few moments of quality, but that was it. How come that we cannot overpower a bottom club ? I cannot find no more reasons to explain this to myself. I’m disappointed, frustrated and angry, because a team like Wolves (with all respect) showed more teamwork and more class than we did tonight.  How is that possible ??  Do the players feel ashamed? Should they feel ashamed? Do I feel ashamed for the lack of performance they showed tonight ?

Well, I’ll count untill ten and then I’ll try to find something positive. 1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … 5 … it could be worse, we could lose … 6 … 7 … Stevie could get injured again, but he fortunately didn’t …8 … 9 … there could be a beach ball flying around trough the pitch, who knows what ideas this wild Wolves-fans have in their hads ? … 10 … OK. I feel better now. There are still a few positives which … hmmmm … at least THEY ARE! Let us leave it like that.

As I said, we could lose, so let us thank to Pepe for his terrific saves. Stevie did a good job, but my MOTM definitely is Pepe. I do not have to explain why, do I ?

-Amanda

amanda@empireofthekop.com

Tuesday Jan 26Posted by: Irwan  6 Comments »

Liverpool’s Who Wears What

We all know what Torres & Gerrard’s boots are but how about the rest of the team? I did some reserach and here are the boots that our players (the first team) are wearing for this season:

Jose Reina: Uhlsport Ergon AbsolutGrip gloves & Joma Total Fit 91 boots

J.Carragher: Adidas Predator Powerswerve XTRX
G.Johnson: Lotto Zhero Leggenda
M. Skrtel: Nike T90 Laser III
D.Agger: Nike T90 Laser III
S.Krygiakos: Nike T90 Laser II
F.Aurelio: Adidas Adipure III
E.Insua: Nike T90 Laser II
P.Degen: Nike Mercurial Vapor

M.Rodriguez: Adidas AdiPure III
J.Mascherano: Nike CTR360 Maestri
S.Gerrard: Adidas Predator X
Y.Benayoun: Nike Mercurial Vapor Superfly
A.Aquilani: Nike Tiempo Air Legend III
D.Kuyt: Adidas Predator X
L.Leiva: Nike CTR360 Maestri
A.Riera: Adidas AdiPure II
R.Babel: Nike T90 Laser III

F.Torres: Nike T90 Laser III
D. N’gog: Adidas F50i

Tuesday Jan 26Posted by: Tonio Bone  14 Comments »

Wolves vs. Liverpool: Match Report.

Liverpool faced Wolves at Molineux with the following line-up: Reina, Carragher, Skrtel, Kyrgiakos, Insua, Maxi, Mascherano, Lucas, Riera, Gerrard, Kuyt. On the bench: Cavalieri, Aquilani, Degen, Darby, Pacheco, Ngog and Babel. The Reds yet again opting for a 4-4-2 line-up with Maxi and Riera promising to give Liverpool vital width. Aside from Gerrard being fit and fielded from the first minute, we must say that we were very close in our predictions to Rafa’s team selection for this game. The referee doing the honours was Peter Walton.

Therefore Rafa showed his intentions from the offing for this encounter, fielding arguably the best formation from what was at his disposal. Many, of course, would have loved to see Aquilani in place of Lucas from the first minute.

First Half

Before this game Wolves had lost 4 of their 5 previous PL encounters and seemed to have a congenital issue with scoring, having netted only 17 goals before this match, but naturally the home crowd was all behind them. For some reason they were also booing Pepe Reina every time he touched the ball!

The first 25 minutes passed like a breeze and the Reds not only did not have a single attempt at goal, they did not even manage to put a string of three consecutive passes together. The game was on the brink of boring with both goalies enjoying a bank holiday as most of the play was in midfield with players running at each other to fight for possession. In fact, both sets of teams seemed to be cancelling each other out.

On 29th minute first corner for the Reds which was punched away by Hannemann. On 32nd minute Wolves produce a counter attack and Doyle flicks the ball just before Reina comes to meet it and hits the side netting. First chance of the game goes to Wolves. A second chance for Wolves on 42nd, coming close with a header which was easily neutralized by Reina.

Two extra minutes added to a first half which saw the Reds not producing a single shot at goal! I wondered what Rafa was planning to say in his half-time team talk. Four corners to nill in the first half for the Reds. Scrappy first 45 minutes with the Reds a far cry from the first 45 minute performance against Spurs, which accidentally were winning 1-0 at home against Fulham taking them to three points above us!

Second Half

Second half was underway with an unsurprisingly unchanged Liverpool line-up. And Wolves set out to frustrate Liverpool’s game for at least another 45 minutes! The Reds seemed to look the business from the opening minutes with a lovely volley from Reira giving Hanneman something to worry about. The match continued to look disjointed but the tempo was surely two notches up in the second half.

On 56th Doyle lets fly from just outside the area the shot going high above Reina’s goal, and yet up to this stage of the game we were nowhere close to scoring a goal, on the contrary Wolves seemed to gain more confidence and were coming at us more frequently.

On 62nd first real attempt with a fierce shot from Dirk Kuyt just outside the area that brushed the right post with Hannemann beaten. At this stage, the game seemed open with any team able to find the right chance to open the scoring. On 66th Reira was recalled and David Ngog entered the fray, with Rafa trying to create more enterprise on the attacking front. The young Frenchmen settled in his position and immediately let fly with a snapshot from the right saved by the Wolves keeper.

On 72nd Skrtel arrives late on Berra and gets rewarded with the first yellow card of the game. Wolves made a change barely a minute later with Milijas being taken off and David Jones coming on. The Reds seemed livelier with the introduction of the French forward that kept running at the Wolves defence, but Gerrard did not seem to be at his best. Wolves made another change on the 88th minute. Three added minutes and it’s all over.

A setback for the Reds with 2 points lost. The Reds play a lackluster game against a team that did their best to make the game as disjointed as possible. Mick McCarthy did his homework well after seeing us play Spurs at Anfield giving his team a vital point for the relegation battle.

Another missed opportunity for the Reds, and the belief we witnessed against Spurs is yet again dented. Spurs won their home game against Fulham and are now 3 points ahead of us. Next game we have Bolton at home!

Tuesday Jan 26Posted by: maithri  1 Comment »

Half-time report: Wolves 0-0 Liverpool

Well it has been a pretty dull first-half at Molineux. No real bright spots of play from either team, and a general muggy feel around the stadium not helped by the cliched chants from the Wolves fans.

I can’t say whether Wolves have brought Liverpool down to their level, or vice versa, but neither team seems to have got a good foothold in the game. There has been no real fluency to our play, but there have been a few nice-looking passages that seem to be straight from the training ground. Riera looking the most threatening player in Red, whilst the other left-winger on the pitch Matt Jarvis being the home-team’s brightest attacker.

Maxi Rodriguez looked sharp in patches earlier in the half, with Gerrard being virtually non-existent, but he is coming back from injury. Kyrgiakos is looking solid at the back again. Carragher is getting some trouble from Jarvis, but for now he is keeping the winger at bay.

As usual in these sort of matches (and more commonly in Liverpool matches these days), the midfield is a war of attrition. Milijas, Mancienne and Henry are closing down Gerrard, Lucas and Mascherano really well, and denying them any space whatsoever – and before you say it, I’m not so sure whether Aquilani will have that much of an effect with such little space available.

Perhaps our best chance was when Zubar lost the ball in the 31th minute. Rodriguez sent it to Riera, but the latter couldn’t get past Zubar and the chance passed by. A minute later, Matt Jarvis got past Carragher through sheer pace, and crossed the ball on the floor for Doyle, who missed the target altogether. A lucky escape perhaps?

After that it was just another scrappy passage of play. Rodriguez went to the floor following a painful Zubar lunge – one that the Wolves faithful thought was fair game – well, as fair as studs raking down on a calf can be. Wolves’ best chance had to be in the 42nd minute when Jarvis against crossed a telling ball to the back-post where Kevin Foley headed it straight at Pepe Reina who was positioned well.

All we can hope for in the second-half is for more fluency and more incisive passing. Whether this means Aquilani I can’t say, but I think N’Gog should be brought on sooner rather than later, because we need to keep the ball up front, and Big Dave’s close-control could come in useful. At the moment the only person to be taking on the Wolves defenders is Riera, so having N’Gog running at the defenders could be the way to go. Rodriguez should be told to attack the full-backs as well. If that can’t happen, then maybe switch Gerrard to the right-flank and tell him to have run – although I don’t think Gerrard will play the full 90 minutes.

Anyway, lets see how it goes.