Liverpool pay heavy price for bad start against Fiorentina

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“‘Welcome Reds — your story for us is a legend’, read the banner unfurled by the Fiorentina Ultras housed in the Curva Fiesole at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. If that message was one of respect for Liverpool’s past European triumphs, the one delivered by their victorious team was designed to damage the English club’s hopes of adding to their considerable achievements.” (TimesOnline)

Jovetic stars for Viola
“Liverpool’s Champions League hopes took a shattering blow as Fiorentina claimed an impressive victory in a delirious Stadio Artemio Franchi. This was their first away defeat in Europe since the semi-final defeat at Chelsea in April 2008, and only their ninth away reverse in 38 attempts in the competition under boss Rafael Benitez. Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic did the damage with a quick-fire double inside 10 first-half minutes.” (ESPN)

Viola expose Liverpool’s deficiencies
“Fernando Torres’ baby faced smile was replaced with a scowl as Liverpool failed to score for the first time in two and half years in the Champions League. Rafa Benitez looked suitably furious with the performance against Fiorentina as a Reds team that has looked so full of goals came to a grinding halt. Sorry to say this. But I did see it coming. Nevertheless, it’s time for a deeper analytical assessment of Liverpool as their season.”

Rafael Benítez promises ‘very different’ Liverpool for visit to Chelsea
“Rafael Benítez has promised it will be a ‘very different’ Liverpool side that faces Chelsea on Sunday before back-to-back Champions League meetings with the Group E leaders Lyon in the coming weeks. Liverpool must face Manchester United as well in a seven-match spell that includes the Chelsea game, the Lyon double-header and Arsenal away in the Carling Cup.” (Guardian)

Benitez disappointed with Gerrard and Torres
“Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has revealed his disappointment over the Champions League displays of his top two stars, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.” (Independent)

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