December 2009 Archives
Yesterday it was revealed in the Liverpool Echo that Liverpool Football Club is now in the position to go ahead with the building of the New Stadium in Stanley Park.
This was in fact revealed by Warren Bradley who is the leader of Liverpool City Council. During an interview he stated that he had been told by Chief Executive Christian Purslow that the rebuild was due to start before the end of April 2010. He also revealed that he has told the club that it is time for them to move on as the whole sorry saga has gone on for far too long. It appears that there has been a turnaround due to the fact that Liverpool Football Club had to open up their books to prove to the Football Association that the city could bid to become a host city for the 2018 World Cup.
I only hope that this is not another false dawn for the club and its supporters. We have had far too many of those already. As most people are aware one of the first promises that Tom Hicks and George Gillett made was that a spade would be in ground within weeks of them taking over. I have been to Anfield several times this season and it hurts to see the builders hoardings covering what should now be a building site in the throes of handing a new stadium over to Liverpool Football Club. I will be honest and say that I have actually stood there and tried to imagine what it would look like.
AND that's the reason he's a record breaker. Fernando Torres has proven time and again why he is worth his weight in gold, but his latest extraordinary feat could prove priceless.
Torres' name was etched into Liverpool folklore long ago and he did not need the tag of 'fastest striker to 50 league goals' for supporters to hold him any higher in their affections or to remind people of his quality.
Yet, in smashing this particular milestone at Villa Park, Torres has revived a Liverpool season that two weeks ago was on the verge of collapse but now looks, belatedly, to be heading in the right direction.
A spirited Liverpool FC display at Villa Park on Tuesday night, including a 93rd minute Fernando Torres winner, his 50th for Liverpool and the fastest ever scored by any Liverpool player, provided the perfect, confidence building, tonic the Red Men needed to give their ailing season some sort of momentum and a platform to build upon. In short, it will have given them belief.
Ironically, it was the match-winner Torres who looked the most out-of-sorts player on the field until he scored that beauty of a goal. The final ball was missing and the ones he did receive he was unable to capitalize on. His body language didn't look good. But like the world-class striker he is, he only needed one clear-cut chance and he took it brilliantly.