Friday Apr 2Posted by: Jaidev Singh  Comments Off

Keep the Faith

I don’t know what to say really.
Three minutes
to the biggest battle of our professional lives
all comes down to today.
Either
we heal
as a team
or we are going to crumble.
Inch by inch
play by play
till we’re finished.
We are in hell right now, gentlemen
believe me
and
we can stay here
and get the shit kicked out of us
or
we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

Now I can’t do it for you.
I’m too old.
I look around and I see these young faces
and I think
I mean
I made every wrong choice a middle age man could make.
I uh..
I pissed away all my money
believe it or not.
I chased off
anyone who has ever loved me.
And lately,
I can’t even stand the face I see in the mirror.

You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That’s, that’s part of life.
But,
you only learn that when you start losing stuff.
You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or too early
you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don’t quite catch it.
The inches we need are everywhere around us.
They are in ever break of the game
every minute, every second.

On this team, we fight for that inch
On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us
to pieces for that inch.
We CLAW with our finger nails for that inch.
Cause we know
when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I’ll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch
because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

Now I can’t make you do it.
You gotta look at the guy next to you.
Look into his eyes.
Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you.
You are going to see a guy
who will sacrifice himself for this team
because he knows when it comes down to it,
you are gonna do the same thing for him.

That’s a team, gentlemen
and either we heal now, as a team,
or we will die as individuals.
That’s football guys.
That’s all it is.
Now, whattaya gonna do?

-Al Pacino’s speech from “Any Given Sunday”

reading this really pepped me up after last night’s disappointment match. but I’m still confident that we’ll go through. let’s keep the faith.

we’re the only,we’re Liverpool.

YNWA

-Jaidev

jaidev@empireofthekop.com

Friday Apr 2Posted by: Amanda Musch  Comments Off

Thank you Ref.!

It might be called “The Stadium of Light” but yesterday, it might habe been a bit to dark as the referee made so many dubious, strange and (who else should I call them?) questionable decisions. Did he understand them by himself or did he just think: “Oh, my first decision was quite dumb, but as it is embarrassing already, I just keep going … who cares…”

It was a dirty play by Benfica. The whole game was quite strange. And yes, Babbel mustn’t do what he’s done, but … Honestly? If I was in his situation? It was just an action out of frustration. So, yes, it was stupid and imprudent, but I don’t feel sorry for this. I fact, both should have been send off. Babbel’s not the villain. UEFA should think about the refs, because this one wasn’t fit. He made load of mistakes. And there were load of mistakes in lot of matches in the past, it’s getting worse and worse with every single match. There has to be something to do about that!

The Reds started well and thanks to Agger’s early and brilliant goal, it could be our night. It could be a night to remember. But … two no-penalties given to Benfica and Torres’ denied goal ruined the night for all of us. It’s not a terrible result, but … Anybody should answer this “but” for himself, I think.

And Benfica got all the fredom to tackle and to kick and foul!  Sorry, but it was so obvious and nobody can’t argue about that.

I was watching the match in a pub and it wasn’t easy, among all those Wolfsburg and HSV fans, to see our team being deprived of the victory. Well, luckilyI got drunk and it didn’t hurt so much yesterday. But today … oh, yes, this 2:1  defeat does hurt a lot.

Next week Benfica is coming to Anfield. I’m sure we’ll destroy them beautifully. As we must, actually …

YNWA

-Amanda

amanda@empireofthekop.com

Friday Apr 2Posted by: irfaan  Comments Off

VIDEO : The Ultimate Javier Mascherano Compilation

Friday Apr 2Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

The Daily Antoine 2/4/2010 LFC News Digest

Well we did lose last night however it is just half-time we still have the 2nd leg at Anfield and we will start with 11 men.

Rafa upset about Babel’s sending off more…
(We are all upset)

Babel is sorry for the red card more…
(Ryan is sick and tired of seeing Torres brought down)

Lucas “Away goal crucial” more…
(Agreed, YNWA)

Riera loves Liverpool more...
(Actually the Liverpool paycheque)

Rafa admits that we do not have the depth to compete when we have a lot of injuries more…
(We felt it this year and H&G will not spend money)

Carra has top four in his sight more…
(Let us do it)

Juventus are still after Rafa more…
(Please don’t go Rafa)

And Martin O’Neill might quit Villa more…
(Why would O’Neill leave Villa to come work for H&G?)

And finally Stevie G is giving advice to Jay Spearing more…
(Good luck Jay)

Tweet of the Day
Danny Agger with some Swagger . He back- heals it in from the Stevie G freekick 0-1

Thursday Apr 1Posted by: Hugh Jolly  Comments Off

A little rant…… But lets look forward!

The famous words of Nick Hancock were ringing in my head throughout this game. ‘ Referees could do us one favour, just one. Stop turning up to our football matches!’ Obviously it is a joke but it carries a serious message, we need to have THE best referees at these top level games!

Tonight’s referee, was constantly being questioned by the commentators on channel five and rightfully so! After having sent off Babel couldn’t seem to make a decision without conformation from the linesman or the penalty area officials. Fair enough that he looks to them for advice. But, he is supposed to be a competent referee and so should be able to make these clear cut decisions for himself. Booking Reina? The stat came out that it was 6 seconds from when Reina got the ball to the yellow card. Am I right in saying it was for time wasting? If so, that’s awful, not even a warning and six seconds will hardly make a difference to a 90 minute game. Right, that’s all on the rant about referees.

On the positive side, we started really well and were causing them all sorts of problems tonight. For the first half an hour they looked completely frustrated and we didn’t give them much chance to play. Then we had Torres’ goal disallowed, rightfully so. But, that was great that we were putting that pressure on playing with skill and confidence! Agger’s goal was brilliant, very nice. I’m confident we will put a goal past them at Anfield with no reply from then. That would be enough to go through. This away goal will be vital in deciding the match.

YNWA, Hugh

Thursday Apr 1Posted by: Antoine Zammit  Comments Off

Benfica 2 – Liverpool 1

Yes we did lose tonight, but for 60 minutes we played with 10 men after Ryan Babel got sent off.

We started the game very strong and Daniel Agger scored just after 9 minutes.

Even after Babel was sent off we were still creating chances however a Torres goal was ruled out as offside.

It was tough to hold on with 10 men, and Benfica capitalised on the numeric superiority  in the 2nd half. Insua brought down Cardozo, who scored from the penalty spot.

A few minutes later Benfica made it 2-1 after Carra brought down Di Maria and Cardozo converted the second penalty.

Insua will also miss the return leg at Anfield having received a yellow.

Overall I was not very happy with the referees (all 6 of them) tonight but that away goal is precious.

We will destroy them at Anfield.

Y.N.W.A.

-Antoine