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March 31, 2007
Saturday 31 March 2007 12:45 , Barclays Premiership

Liverpool have reclaimed third place in the Premiership from Arsenal after a brilliant hat-trick from Peter Crouch and a goal from Daniel Agger gave them a emphatic 4-1 win over the Gunners at Anfield on Saturday.

The Reds have avenged a double cup defeat to Arsene Wenger’s side and in the process overtaken them in the table after Peter Crouch returned from injury with his first hat-trick for the club and a Daniel Agger goal made a late William Gallas goal nothing more than a consolation.

Today signalled a new dawn in Liverpool’s future as their new owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks took in their first game since officially taking charge of the club; and they looked well at home already as they stood proudly in their Liverpool scarves.

The Reds were returning to domestic action after a long international break and with most of Liverpool’s players having been involved for their countries, it was perhaps no surprise to see Rafa ring the changes. He made five from the side that drew at Aston Villa a fortnight ago.

One of them changes was the return of Peter Crouch after he had recovered from an operation to mend his broken nose. And how Crouch celebrated his return to action, with two first half goals that gave the Reds a commanding 2-0 half time lead and put them on their way to overtaking Arsenal and reclaiming third place.

It took Crouch just 4 minutes to announce his return and give Liverpool the lead. Jermaine Pennant and Alvaro Arbeloa combining brilliantly before Pennant’s cross was met by Crouch, who had beat his marker to the ball, and he finished low into the corner.

Crouch had clearly missed playing because he, like Mascherano, was involved in everything good Liverpool did and he almost scored again in the 24th when his acrobatic effort was well saved by Lehman.

Arsenal came close to equalizing when Adebayor headed narrowly over, but Liverpool extended their lead in the 35th minute when Fabio Aurelio’s deep cross was met by a powerful Crouch header that gave Lehman no chance and flew into the net.

At 2-0 up Liverpool were in a commanding position, but when Adebayor hit the post early in the second half they knew not to take anything for granted and they swiftly attacked themselves and scored a decisive third goal through Daniel Agger.

And like the second goal it was a Fabio Aurelio cross that was Arsenal’s undoing as this time Agger was the man to meet it with his head and score passed Lehman into the Kop net.

Arsenal had already won twice at Anfield this season and they weren’t about to lie down and Adebayor again hit the post after this time his header had brought a fine save out of Reina.

The visitors raised hopes of a comeback when Gallas scored to make it 3-1 with a scrambled goal from a corner, but it proved to be no more than a consolation when Crouch beat Gallas and capped off a brilliant comeback with his hat-trick in front of the Kop.


Liverpool: Reina, Aurelio, Agger, Carragher, Arbeloa, Gonzalez, Alonso, Mascherano, Pennant, Gerrard MBE (captain), Crouch. Subs – Dudek, Riise, Kuyt, Zenden, Fowler

Arsenal: Lehmann, Clichy, Toure, Gallas, Eboue, , Fabregas, Diaby, Hleb, Baptista, Adebayor. Subs – Rosicky, Ljungberg, Hoyte, Senderos, Almunia

Referee: S Bennett

Conditions: Dry

Attendance: 43, 958 Man-of-the-Match: Peter Crouch


11:48 GMT : Match Starts
1 min : Arsenal kick-off attacking the Kop
2 mins : Arbeloa is penalised for pushing Hleb in the back
4 mins : GOAL! Peter Crouch: close-range finish at the near post following good work on the right by Pennant and Arbeloa
11 mins : Arsenal win a corner but the Reds defend well to avert any danger
15 mins : A great last ditch tackle by Carragher stops Baptista in his tracks as he advances menacingly towards goal after getting the better of Agger
16 mins : Adebayor heads narrowly over from a corner on the right
21 mins : First Booking: Abou Diaby: for a foul on Gerrard
22 mins : Lehman dives to his left to save an overhead kick from Crouch
25 mins : Gallas almost puts into his own net as Gonzalez whips in a teasing cross from the left.
27 mins : Crouch cuts in impressively from the right and unleashes a shot that whistles just past the far post
31 mins : Baptista shoots wide from the edge of the Liverpool box
35 mins : GOAL! Peter Crouch: good header into the top corner following a cross by Aurelio
12:35 GMT : Half Time Reached
12:53 GMT : Second Half Begins
49 mins : First Booking: Francesc Fabregas: for a foul on Alonso
53 mins : Liverpool break swiftly down the left but as the ball is played into the centre Lehman saves from Gerrard
54 mins : Adebayor strikes the foot of the post with a low shot from the edge of the area
54 mins : First Booking: Xabi Alonso: for a foul on Fabregas
56 mins : Substitution: Dirk Kuyt for Steven Gerrard MBE:
60 mins : GOAL! Daniel Agger: glancing header from an Aurelio free-kick
63 mins : A spectacular diving save from Reina prevents Adebayor from pulling a goal back with his head
65 mins : Substitution: Tomas Rosicky for Abou Diaby:
65 mins : Substitution: Freddie Ljungberg for Julio Baptista:
69 mins : Substitution: Boudewijn Zenden for Mark Gonzalez:
73 mins : GOAL! William Gallas: converts from close-range following a scramble in the box
77 mins : Toure drills a low shot wide
80 mins : Zenden fires over with an angled effort from 25-yards out
81 mins : GOAL! Peter Crouch: completes his hat-trick with a neat finish in front of the Kop
82 mins : Substitution: Justin Hoyte for Emmanuel Eboue:
83 mins : Substitution: John Arne Riise for Javier Mascherano:
90 mins : Aurelio shoots narrowly wide after cutting in from the left
13:42 GMT : Match Over


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March 7, 2007
Tuesday 06 March 2007 19:45 , Champions League
Last 16
(Leg 2nd) : Match Day 3 : Anfield


Liverpool have qualified for the quarter finals of the Champions League after they knocked the holders Barcelona out of the competition on away goals despite a 1-0 defeat in the second leg at Anfield on Tuesday night.

A late goal from Eidur Gudjohnsen gave Barcelona the win on the night, but the two goals Liverpool scored in a 2-1 victory at the Nou Camp a fortnight ago was enough to see them through. And no one could deny them the glory after they created the majority of the games chances and deserved to be well ahead at the break.

All the pre-match talk from the Liverpool camp had centred on the importance of producing a performance as good, if not better, than the one produced to earn a famous win in the Nou Camp. And Rafa Benitez decided to start this one with the same eleven that stunned the reigning European Champions in Spain a fortnight ago.

It was a measure of the enormity of this game that Anfield was already packed when the players from both sides were going through their warm up routines some 30 minutes before kick off. Reds fans were clearly anticipating a classic European night as they gave a glimpse of the atmosphere to come with some early renditions of their favourite anthems.

The volume had risen significantly by the time the game had kicked off and Liverpool did their best to keep the fans singing by going at Barcelona from the start. And they almost scored a vital opener after just 8 minutes when John Arne Riise drilled a low shot just wide of a helpless Victor Valdes’ left hand post.

Valdes was beaten again 3 minutes later when this time Riise smashed an unstoppable dipping volley against his crossbar. The crossbar was rattling and Barcelona were rattled and Liverpool came close again in the 26th minute as they poured forward again.

The Barca stopper was the hero as he produced a brilliant double save to deny Bellamy and then Kuyt from close range, but he had his captain Carles Puyol to thank when he cleared John Arne Riise’s headed follow up off the line.

Barcelona had got out of jail again, but they were almost the creators of their own downfall when a hashed clearance from Valdes gave Sissoko a shot at an open goal from 35 yards and he was unlucky to see his instant shot bounce back off the crossbar again. The first half amazingly ended 0-0 – Liverpool had had ten shots to Barca’s one.

You wondered at half time whether the Reds would stick or twist in the second half, but they came out with the same attacking intent and created another chance almost immediately before Barca smuggled the ball clear.

We knew better though than to reckon against a Barcelona reaction and they promptly reminded us that they were still in this tie when Ronaldinho struck a free kick into the arms of Reina before wriggling free and hitting the post just a minute later.

Barcelona were threatening to turn it on. Their passing had become crisper and Messi was the next to test Reina’s reflexes, but Liverpool in turn grew more determined and Gerrard and Kuyt fired warning shots at Valdes goal in retaliation.

Gerrard came close again as the game crept into the last quarter, but Barcelona dragged themselves back into the tie when ex-Chelsea player, Eidur Gudjohnsen, who had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes, danced around Reina before scoring.

Barcelona now had five forwards on the pitch and they were going for broke, but Liverpool had enough to hang on and they march into the Quarter Finals having once again made Europe sit up and take notice of them after another famous win.

From Liverpool FC.TV



February 3, 2007


Saturday 03 February 2007 12:45 , Barclays Premiership


Liverpool will be a frustrated team after they dominated Saturday’s 205th Merseyside Derby at Anfield only to be held to a 0-0 draw by a stubborn Everton defence.

Rafa’s side have extended their excellent run of not conceding a Premiership goal at home to eight games and they have now taken 28 points from a possible 33, but they will be frustrated after failing to beat Everton despite dominating for long periods.

The Reds fairly laid siege to the Everton goal, particularly in the second half, but they just couldn’t break down a stubborn blue rearguard. And they must be content with maintaining a 14 point lead over their neighbours while closing the gap on Chelsea and Manchester United.

Heavy fog on Merseyside had made visibility difficult on the way to the ground; and after the opening 45 minutes finished goalless it was no easier to see who would win this Derby encounter.

Chances were of a premium in the first half and although Craig Bellamy scored a 10th minute goal that was ruled out for offside, neither goalkeeper was severely tested. The best save of the first half did come from Tim Howard though when he kept out Peter Crouch’s 8th minute shot with his legs.

Liverpool were in the ascendancy for most of the first half, but they found it difficult to breach Everton’s five man midfield. And when they did break through they were frustrated, like when Bellamy just failed to get a touch to Kuyt’s header when any kind of touch would have resulted in a goal.

It was a typical derby. Space was as a rare as a tackle being executed without conviction. But Liverpool battled to gain the upper hand and Kuyt forced Howard into another save before Alonso hit a powerful drive just inches over.

Everton’s best chance appeared to come from set pieces and they threatened with a shot from Hibbert and a header from Osman that were both saved comfortably by Pepe Reina.

Liverpool emerged for the second half with a sense of urgency that was typified by Xabi Alonso’s 49th minute strike from 25 yards that, like his previous effort, flashed just over. And they went on to enjoy their best period of the game that saw both Kuyt and Crouch come close to breaking the deadlock.

The Reds were on top, but they almost shot themselves in the foot when a loose pass allowed Andy Johnson a free run on goal. They needed a fine block from Carragher and an excellent save from Reina to get them off the hook.

Normal service was resumed when Gerrard curled a superb free kick just inches wide of Howard’s left hand post, but as hard as Liverpool tried they couldn’t find the winner that they were desperate for.


Liverpool: Reina, Riise, Agger, Carragher, Finnan, Bellamy, Gerrard MBE (captain), Alonso, Pennant, Crouch, Kuyt. Subs – Hyypia, Zenden, Gonzalez, Fowler, Dudek

Everton: Howard, Lescott, Yobo, Stubbs, Hibbert, Neville, Carsley, Cahill, Osman, Arteta, Johnson. Subs – Naysmith, Fernandes, Beattie, Anichebe, Wright

Referee: A Wiley

Conditions: Dry

Attendance: 44,234 Man-of-the-Match: Jermaine Pennant

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