Reds respond in style. Liverpool 2 – 0 Manchester United

October 25, 2009

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“Fernando Torres and substitute David Ngog left Manchester United reeling as Liverpool brilliantly halted their four-game losing streak. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez had said prior to the game that one win would change everything, and what a result his team delivered to ease the pressure on the Spaniard. The champions were eventually beaten after a stunning performance of defiance that followed days of the worst crisis Liverpool have suffered in decades.” (ESPN)

Liverpool show signs of life with victory over Manchester United
“Liverpool’s season may not yet be over after all. After thousands of supporters had protested against the club’s owners, George Gillett Jr and Tom Hicks, prior to kick-off, the team produced a display that Manchester United simply could not cope with. Technically, both sides were lacking but that is always the case in one of the most fiery derbies in the sporting calendar. But United had no answer to Liverpool’s spirit as Fernando Torres and David Ngog scored the goals to reignite their faltering Premier League campaign.” (TimesOnline)

Liverpool halt slump as second-half goals sink Manchester United
“An occasion that had begun with angry Liverpool fans staging a protest march against their clubs owners ended with a precious victory for Liverpool, as Fernando Torres and David Ngog scored the second-half goals that brought an end to a run of four consecutive defeats.” (Guardian)

Liverpool end losing streak with win over United
“Fernando Torres and substitute David Ngog left Manchester United reeling as Liverpool brilliantly halted their four-game losing streak. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez had said prior to the game that one win would change everything, and what a result his team delivered to ease the pressure on the Spaniard. The champions were eventually beaten after a stunning performance of defiance that followed days of the worst crisis Liverpool have suffered in decades.” (Independent)

The Last Word: The good Kop will tell Benitez when time is up
“It’s not much of a debate when one side is making all the arguments and the other is simply shaking their head and saying, over and over, ‘In Rafa We Trust’. But that is Liverpool Football Club, for you. And the game should not want it any other way.” (Independent)

Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0: match report
“Fernando Torres sparked the end of Liverpool’s four-game losing streak in a stormy Anfield clash that saw Nemanja Vidic and Javier Mascherano sent off. Second-half goals from Torres and an injury-time David Ngog strike moved Liverpool to within four points of champions Manchester United.” (Telegraph)

(Guardian – The best images from Liverpool versus Manchester United at Anfield)


Egypt against Algeria revives some bitter memories

October 25, 2009

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“It’s not often that you see a grown man cry; rarer still to watch a grown man cry at a press conference in front of a baying phalanx of African football journalists. But for Rabah Saadane the pressure just got too much. Algeria’s national coach, returning to the side he led to the 1986 finals, was talking to the assembled media before June’s World Cup qualifier at home to bitter arch-rivals Egypt. After years of dealing with a demanding public, most people expected him to be inoculated from the sharp end of expectation. But no, the 63-year-old instead broke down in tears. What was stranger was the reaction of the press. No one in the room thought it particularly strange. This was Egypt versus Algeria, after all.” (World Soccer), (World Soccer – Part Two, James Montague)


Points not performances for Manchester United

October 25, 2009

“Gary Neville claimed this week that he would rather Manchester United lose their games against Liverpool and reclaim the championship than win the matches and concede the title. Most fans would agree, but when the clock strikes two this afternoon (or three if you haven’t put them back) it will not feel like that at Anfield.” (WSC)