Monday, March 23, 2009


They knew that Man Utd and Chelsea had wobbled over the weekend. And if they win this match against Aston Villa they would come within a point of the Red Devils. And who would dare bet against this from happening after watching how they had demolished and humiliated mighty Real Madrid 4-0 and Mighty Man Utd 4-1, in the space of a week!
Unk Dicko watched this very encounter intently and enjoyed the sheer majesty of Liverpool's movements on the field. It reminded me of the Liverpool of old in the heydays of Ian Rush, Kenny Dalglish and Souness.
Their passing and control was precise and all the players played with such verve and supreme confidence that it was a sheer joy to watch.
The goals were a bonus especially that spectacular 2nd goal by Reira!
Pepe Reina had collected the ball and saw what must have been a gap in the last line of Villa's defence. He kicked a long, high ball for striker Reira to chase. With only defender Reo-Coker to beat, Reira timed it so perfectly that the ball only bounced once before he connected with a volleying dip over the GK for the 2nd goal. FLAWLESS! And that overall is my impression of Liverpool's play over the last 2 weeks

A lot of the increased confidence among the players is due to the way Gerard and Torres has clicked..with an able supporting cast of solid midfielders and solid defending.
Gerard showing 3 fingers for the hattrick he scored.

Reira volleying that spectacular 2nd goal created by GK Reina.

GK Brad Freidel given the Red card for bringing down his nemesis.

It was a comprehensive victory for Liverpool and a nightmare defeat for Villa. But Villa should feel no shame as mightier teams like R Madrid and Man Utd, with their big name stars have been humbled and bundled out of the way.
Can Liverpool sustain their chilli-padi form for the remaining 8 games in the EPL? If they win all their remaining matches and Man Utd lose another one or two more, the Title would be at Anfield after 19 long years. Unk Dicko would not bet against that from happening.
The weeks ahead look very exciting for those watching the unfolding end drama.

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