Eight friendlies, no defeats, not a bad pre-season I would say. Last night, Liverpool played their final pre-season game at home against Lazio. It looked like the game would end in a scoreless draw until Andriy Voronin smashed home a late winner in the 90th minute to give Liverpool the win. Yet again Voronin was the man to come up with the goal. That was his third goal in pre-season. If one did not know Liverpool well and just looked at the statistics from pre-season, they would be wondering why Liverpool would want to sell a player like Voronin and think that he is a prolific goal scorer, but most of us know how Voronin just did not seem to cut it in the Premiership last season. If he stays on at Anfield this season, let us hope he can carry this pre-season form for the duration of the season.
Last night was a rather special night for the Kop; we got to see Robbie Keane for the first time partnering up with Torres. Although the two of them did not score, the signs were there for all to see that this is going to be one great partnership for us. Rafa started the game will probably the best 11 he has at his disposal right now: Reina was in goal, starting his first pre-season game, Arbeloa at right back, Dossena at left back, Carragher and Agger in central defence. Alonso and Plessis were anchoring the midfield with Benayoun just ahead of them. An attacking trio if Keane, Torres and Kuyt. I suspect that this is going to be the same starting eleven for the match on Wednesday night against Standard Liege in the Champions League qualifier.
The Liverpool faithful made it clear last night that we want Alonso to stay at Liverpool. The stadium was chanting Alonso’s name through out the match with a section of the fans actually chanting negatively about Gareth Barry. Wether Barry joins Liverpool, we have to wait and see. But on the field where it matters, we put in a decent performance yesterday and hopefully now the players are ready for the real deal come Wednesday night.