January 20, 2006

An ode to Benitez.: What a difference a year makes. A year ago, Liverpool were in the doldrums, beaten 2-0 by Southampton, who ended up last in the EPL. New manager Rafael Benitez was on the ropes. Now, Liverpool are reigning European champions and touted as the only real challengers to current EPL champs and runaway leaders Chelsea. Who woulda thunk it. Nice insight into tactics and formations (especially the continentally-favored 4-3-2-1) in both articles.

posted by worldcup2002 to soccer at 11:56 PM - 10 comments

Yes, I'm a Liverpool fan.

posted by worldcup2002 at 11:56 PM on January 20, 2006

Although I am a Toffeeman, my hat is off to the success of the Liverpool squad this season what a great acccomplishment. All I can say for next season is GO EVERTON!!!

posted by Dan H. at 08:39 AM on January 21, 2006

Everton 1 Arsenal 0 today. Excellent. Especially for my fantasy team chances. Good going, Toffees!

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:32 AM on January 21, 2006

*glares at wc2002*

posted by scully at 09:34 AM on January 21, 2006

That Beattie goal was sweet and shows Lehmann as a weak link on Gunners. Give me a choice between any points at all for Arsenal and three for Everton and the other Liverpudlians get my vote ten times out of ten.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:33 PM on January 21, 2006

Although I am a Toffeeman, my hat is off to the success of the Liverpool squad this season what a great acccomplishment Warning! Warning! Does not compute, brain about to explode...

posted by owlhouse at 03:56 PM on January 21, 2006

Wow, it's nice to see Benitez finally get some credit in the EPL. On the other hand, it makes sense, since with Tenerife and Valencia he also needed an adjustment period before winning. He is a hard-working coach and if you let him do his thing his teams always give positive results.

posted by sic at 11:18 AM on January 22, 2006

Still needs to figure out that zone marking at setpieces, tho. Liverpool lost to Man U at the last breath today, no thanks to Rio's header off a free kick. Damn.

posted by worldcup2002 at 03:43 PM on January 22, 2006

Now Jamie Carragher, for whom I have a world of respect, is complaining about Gary Neville's goal celebration yesterday. The Greater Manchester Police are looking into the matter and claim "No criminal investigation is taking place at this stage." Uhhmmmm...OK.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 11:07 AM on January 23, 2006

Considering Chelsea's Arjen Robben got sent off (it was his second yellow) for much the same thing, perhaps Neville should've got a yellow. OK, OK, Robben jumped into the crowd (which Neville didn't do). I'm not sure what the exact rules say in terms of celebratory behavior. Besides, Neville's ugly and should get a card just for that.

posted by worldcup2002 at 04:48 PM on January 23, 2006

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