September 2008 Archives

LIVERPOOL have got to start believing they are good enough to win the Premier League title this season.

I know only six games have gone but the fact that they've already beaten Manchester United and Everton is a massive boost to their hopes.

After dropping two points at home to Stoke, winning at Goodison was vital and the Reds rose to the occasion brilliantly.

It's been a great start and the longer Liverpool go undefeated the more confident they will become. We are joint top on merit and there's no doubt we're capable of going on a long unbeaten run.

Fernando Torres was the hero on Saturday and I was delighted to see him back on the scoresheet.

Before he scored he had endured a frustrating afternoon but even when things aren't going for him he always keeps battling and in the end he got his rewards.

RICK PARRY today rejected claims from council leader Warren Bradley that Liverpool's attitude towards a shared stadium is "softening".

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper at the weekend, Cllr Bradley spoke of his hope that the two clubs will eventually come together and build "a Wembley of the North".

Citing the failure of both Liverpool and Everton to realise their ambitions to build much longed-for new stadiums of their own and the ongoing effects of the credit crunch, Cllr Bradley insisted the time has come to stop "dancing around the elephant in the room" and consider sharing.

But Reds chief executive Parry insists there has been no softening of Liverpool's official stance and remains adamant that only if the fans want it would a shared stadium even be considered.

DERBY match-winner Fernando Torres has hailed unsung heroes Robbie Keane and Dirk Kuyt for providing him with the chances to defeat Everton at Goodison Park.

The Spanish striker, who netted 33 goals in his debut season at Anfield, took his tally to three for the new campaign thanks to his brace on Saturday and was only denied the first Merseyside hat-trick for 26 years by what seemed to be a fussy Mike Riley call when Kuyt was adjudged to have committed a foul.

But while the Dutchman, who was Liverpool's two-goal hero in last season's Goodison derby, has not netted in the Premier League for 10 months and Torres's £20million strike partner Robbie Keane has failed to register in 14 games including friendlies since arriving at Anfield, Torres insists their efforts are crucial when it comes to his own chances.

TWO goals from Marvin Pourie helped Liverpool Under-18s come back from a goal down at the break to win 3-1 at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Hughie McAuley's side made it five wins from six FA Premier Academy League matches this season to go top of the North West section.

Liverpool found themselves a goal down on six minutes when they were caught out on the attack and Crewe broke to score.

But for a couple of good saves from keeper Dean Bouzanis they would have found themselves even further behind.

Liverpool had some half chances, but they could not make the breakthrough and went into half-time 1-0 down.

WHISPER it softly, but Liverpool are showing signs of putting together a genuine title challenge.

And it may be that manager Rafael Benitez is prepared to gamble more on Premier League success this year than in the past.

He is putting out his most attacking teams since arriving perhaps in the realisation that it is no use drawing games if you want to finish as champions.

Last season Liverpool drew 13 matches compared with just seven by table-topping Manchester United, who lost one game more. But turning a couple of those draws into wins - even at the risk of losing the odd game more - would make all the difference.

There is still a worry teams like United and Chelsea have more potential match-winners, which is why Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres may need to be wrapped in cotton wool. But if they stay injury free, Liverpool are in as good a position as they have been for some time.

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