The ex-Kings of Europe came to Anfield last night and met a Liverpool side who backed up their credentals as the number one rated team in the Champions League witha sizzling performance, inflicting Real’s worst result EVER in the competition.
We all knew, well me anyhow, from the first ten minutes that there was only going to be one result on the night. Torres’s back-heal turn and shot then Mashers long range effort brought the best out of Casillas to keep the game goaless but it was only a matter of time before we would have him beaten. Real Madrids Pepe insisted that Torres had hauled him down as they chased a long ball, but Liverpool’s striker did not wait for the whistle, racing to the edge of the six-yard box to apply a simple finish to Kuyt’s cross.
Even after that Casillas had to make two smart saves from Skrtel and Gerrard as Liverpool ran riot. Torres and Gerrard were everywhere and Masher and Alonso in midfield simply ruled the centre of the park. Special mention goes to Ryan Babel who once again showed what he can do out wide, if only he could repeat performances like last night on a constant basis. I got great satisfaction from Heinze providing us with yet another howler as he did in Spain for the second goal. Ok it might have not been a handball but he made the officials make a decision by moving his arm towards the ball. The linesman had only a split second to make the decision and 40,000 Scousers appealing helped him make the right one – result – Gerrard pen – 2 nil game over.
Real came back out on to the pitch early for the second half, either because they were fired up for a comeback or maybe they just wanted to catch an earlier flight home who knows but whatever their plans were they were shot down in flames early doors with a great run and cross by Babel which was dispatched into the roof of the net by Mr Gerrard on his 100th Euro match for The Reds. The Real fans were shell-shocked and the sight of one trying to taunt the home fans with his Everton scarf was nothing short of hilarious.
El Nino’s night ended like it started when he was once again denied by arguably the man of the match Casillas who dived to turn a curling effort round his post. Torres was substituted to a standing ovation along with Alonso and Gerrard and as expected our performance dipped as they match was over. Real found more possession but were restricted to long range efforts on goal and they never really got close to pulling one back. If Real thought that Liverpool in 3rd gear was the end to their punishment they were mistaken as the unlikely figure of Dossena arrived unchallenged in the area at the nd of a quick counter attack as Madrid pushed forward to turn the fourth goal past a brave but heart broken Casillas.
Once again however many of the so called football “experts” are trying to dull down the Liverpool performance stating that Real were poor and made us look good but at the end of the day you have to beat what is put out in front of you and by God we sure did. So stuff the experts, we will enjoy today but no more than my eldest daughter did last night, who loved being tossed into the air and kissed everytime we scored. Lets hope she gets more of the same come Saturday when we travel to Scumchester – one more thing – COME ON INTER !!!
Tonka out – YNWA…