Monday, September 10, 2007

Demolition Derby


I go away for one week and it all hell breaks loose. Rafa and Pako have decided to split after 11 years and go their separate ways. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

But while there was turmoil off the pitch, on it there was the kind of ruthless attacking display which we haven't seen at Anfield in a while. It's common for us to beat teams but rare for us to put them to the sword in such a convincing manner. Often we would take our foot off the pedal once the game was won. Not so against Derby. Derby were happy to sit back and defend but it didn't do them much good. We attacked with wave after wave of devestating penetration. By halftime it was 3-0 and 6-0 at full time. Torres and Alonso scored a brace each with Voronin getting one and Babel scoring the pick of the bunch. Rout complete and job done.

Funnily, some people are still saying that Torres a) is overrated b) is overpriced (a potential £18m which is in the same bracket as Bent or Anderson) c) is a Spanish striker and therefore will never adapt. He's now scored three goals in four matches and is looking fantastic. Have a read of this for a great Torres interview.

Liverpool travel to Fratten Park to face Portsmouth on Sat at 12.45. This has been a tough fixture for us in the past but I expect us to be able to win here. It won't be 6-0 but it could well be a 2-0 or 2-1. Let's hope that we don't get any injuries on wed and that Carra and Finnan have recovered in time for kick off.

There was one signing before transfer deadline day in Damien Plessi who's a 19 year old french midfielder. He's joined from Lyon and will be playing with the reserves this season. Given the amount of young midfielders and centre halves that we've bought recently, we'll have to play to 5-5-0 formation with the reserves.

The big news off the pitch was that assistant manager and fitness guru Pako Ayestarán has left the club. I'm a bit surprised about this but Ballague was talking about him on the Game podcast. He said that the pair haven't been getting on for a while. It seems that Pako will not be directly replaced and his duties will be shared among Alex Miller, Paco De Miguel and the other coaches, at least for the moment.

I didn't get to see the Irish match on Sat as I was sat in Firenze, enjoying the sunshine. Managed to take in the Italy v France match which was decent but lacked a goal. Tuscany kicks Ireland's ass any day of the week. Oh for more fantastic meals and wine at low prices.

Buona sera.

1 comment:

info said...

Hi,

Couldn't find how to contact you so will try here - great job on the blog!

We would like to invite you to become part of Live4football, the ultimate football resource, scheduled for launch in January 2008. Backed by major sponsors, Live4football is the opportunity for regular football fans to make their voice heard on football matters in an innovative new way. Living up to the sites tag line of "Football News For the Fans - By the Fans", Live4football will put a new spin on the world of football news, allowing fans to contribute news and editorial in an objective rather than matter of fact way.

The premise of Live4football is to stimulate debate among football fans, covering every single aspect of the game. Having analysed our competitors, including Football365, Sky Sports and BBC, we have identified a number of improvement areas which will set Live4football ahead of the rest. As well as providing the latest daily football news, Live4football will place great emphasis on editorial articles, with our writers debating the main talking points in football in the style of a newspaper article. This will provide the stimulus for discussion and argument, bringing the "pub debate" onto the PC and providing the ideal distraction for fans all over the globe.

With anticipated traffic levels of over 1.5m unique users per month, this is a unique opportunity to get involved in a major project.

Sponsors

Live4football has the backing of major sponsors, however, as negotiations are not yet finalized (only the formalities remain), we are unable to release further details at this time. However, we can confirm the among the backers are a leading affiliate network (who will handle the promotion of the site), betting and merchandise sponsors as well as a Media Group. The long-term strategy is to turn Live4football into a magazine, once a loyal fanbase has been created.

How can I be involved?

Whilst we wait for the final stages of project's development be to created, we are finalizing our writing staff. At the moment, we have over 150 writers signed up to this project, however, we can never have enough contributors to the project. No contribution is too small, so we look forward to hearing your thoughts. At present, the following places are vacant:

News Updates - League
Live4football aims to cover as many leagues in the world as possible. There is no league we won't attempt to cover - our only restrictions are reporters.

The most senior role you can apply for is "league editor". Under this role, you would be expected to work on a daily basis, compiling news submitted by your sub-editors as well as writing your own news stories and updates. For example, the editor of "Serie A" should keep up to date with all major transfer and injury stories, as well as providing a summary of matches, results, upcoming fixtures, etc.

At lower levels, you can simply choose to submit news stories to the editor.

Team Editor
Ultimately, every team will have it's own "homepage", giving all the latest news updates and details of the club. If you choose to be the editor for your team, you will be expected to keep up to date with the latest news, match results (reports where possible), upcoming fixtures. Player profiles would also be handy, but these are not a necessity.

Of course, if you don't want the responsibility, you are still welcome to submit articles or news stories on a more infrequent basis.

Article Writer
A major feature of Live4football will be our articles. This will take the topic of an editorial opinion on the latest football news topics from around the world. For example, you may wish to write an article on whether Emile Heskey or Wayne Rooney should partner Michael Owen in Russia. Visitors will then debate your thoughts. Each writer will be able to have their own profile, showing their articles, any details you wish to share. You will also have the opportunity to promote any external project you work on.

Writers will compete for prizes, based on feedback and our reviews of your articles.

Features
We are always interested in adding new features to the site. Examples we have seen include how the Premiership table would look if only goals from British players counted, or if the game ended 10 mins early, etc.

If you are interested in working on any project remotely similar to this, that's a little bit different, we'd love to hear from you.

Next Steps
If you would like to become part of Live4football, please reply with the following information to editorial@live4football.com

Area you would like to work on: (you can select multiple areas)

The level of responsibility within this area: (ie. editor, sub-editor, news contributor, etc)

How often you are able to contribute:

Any other relevant information:

We look forward to hearing from you!

Regards,
Simon