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Saturday, February 05, 2005

Liverpool improving, win again

Liverpool, who I’ve written about recently, won again today at Anfield against Fulham.

The game ended 3-1 with well taken goals and a few moments of timely defense. Not all was great for Liverpool as there were a number of defensive lapses but on the whole Sami Hyypia’s goal summarized the resilient defensive performance, responding to the critics in style.

Fulham were plagued by bad passing and a lack of attention to the forwards. Andy Cole was indifferent at times while Luis Boa Morte was ever industrious and would have had a late chip in were it not for an excellent tackle by Djimi Traore. It was not to happen and Fulham on the whole probably didn’t deserve any points.

Liverpool, regardless of their faults, is gaining form. We’ll see if my Champions League prediction will keep pace as Everton have yet to play.

Under pressure, Rafael Benitez was much more active on the touchline today which is a good response also. He has stood back a bit too much this season and made a good substitution in bringing in Dietmar Hamann in place of Igor Biscan, as the team settled immediately and put in a goal.

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Blogger Titan said...

I've been down on Liverpool for a while, but they're slowly winning me over. Still, it was just Fulham. Liverpool's confidence, however, has risen demonstrably, which will be of advantage when they meet Leverkusen on February 22. But Morientes is cup-tied, so it will be interesting to see how his mates respond in his absence.

2/05/2005 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Funny, when Liverpool win, it's always "well it was only... blah, blah, blah." Fulham were unbeaten in 8 games so a 3-1 win should be applauded, not demeaned.

2/06/2005 12:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well...liverpool....u will neva walk alone....

2/06/2005 3:49 AM  

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