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Fantastic Liverpool attack their way to domestic and european hope

Liverpool’s demolition of out of form Champions League hopefuls Aston Villa was the third big win in a row for the Merseyside club and racked up their goal tally to thirteen strikes in those games.

The Reds’ season aspirations looked in doubt after a tentative single goal victory over Real Madrid left a tough away game at the Bernabeu looming and a dreadful display away to Middlesborough seemed to crush their title aspirations.

However, Liverpool defied their critics in Madrid by sending out a statement of intent to the other teams left in the Champions League by destroying Real with four goals without reply and a exhibition of attacking football, and now Chelsea will be the more worried of the two teams when they lock horns in the Quarter-Finals. A strong team performance from Rafael Benitez’s side, and the combining brilliance of Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard easily dispatched La Liga’s second place team.

Not content with their midweek demonstration, again the attacking spearhead of Torres and Gerrard inspired a crushing 4-1 victory against league leaders Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Spanish striker pounced on a glaring error from centre back Nemanda Vidic, who had a game to forget, to equalise after Ronaldo opened the scoring. Torres then combined with Gerrard, who was brought down in the box, for the skipper to slot the penalty. A sublime free kick from Fabio Aurelio and a looping volley from Andrea Dossena rounded up the win, to keep Liverpool in the hunt for the Premiership.

Benitez called for a flawless run in to the end of the season during the post match interview, and whilst Alex Ferguson was left to chew on a substandard effort from United, Benitez was rewarded with a new five year contract, signalling an end to the struggle between the ex-Valencia boss and the Liverpool owners. The summer should be an interesting time at Anfield, where heavy strengthening looks likely, with David Villa, Gareth Barry and Raul Albiol principal targets.

Then on the weekend when both Chelsea and Man Utd lost to Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham respectively, Liverpool re-inforced their domestic ambitions with a thumping of Villa. Captain Marvel Gerrard was inspirational in the win, his hat-trick his sixth goal in three games, and goals from Kuyt and Riera putting them just a point behind United.

A blissful 12 days for Liverpool and Benitez has seen the Liverpool boss patch up the issues with the Board, put pressure on Manchester United for the title, who are faltering at the final hurdle, and the form of the team making them serious contenders for the Champions League trophy.

At a point in the season where Liverpool usually fade away and fall of the pace in the League, it seems that Benitez’s side are putting in top drawer performances that are keeping their domestic and european hopes alive and kicking.

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March 22, 2009 - Posted by | Football

2 Comments »

  1. Love the column Jamie. Delightful to read, especially since its on Liverpool! Well be lucky to get Villa and Albiol, reckon they’ll stay in Spain. Defo gonna read some more of ur literary genius now!

    Comment by Nick Evans | March 22, 2009 | Reply

  2. Fantastic display today. Pure class!

    Comment by ryhayes83 | March 22, 2009 | Reply


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