With one leg down, we have two beautifully poised Champions League semi finals. Man Utd have the slight edge against Milan, in as much as they’re leading the tie, but Milan have two precious away goals and so a 1-0 win at the San Siro is all they need. Thing is, I can’t see Man U not scoring in Milan, so the Italians would need to score at least two goals to succeed.
Jerzy Dudek, Liverpool’s reserve goalkeeper, was quoted in The Sun today as saying he planned to quit Liverpool as he is pissed off being treated like ‘a slave’. The Polish keeper was reported to have said: ‘I have to finally tell Rafa I’m leaving because maybe he’s not aware of itâ€¦ I will remember Liverpool fondly as a success but not the situation I’ve found myself inâ€¦ When a player knows he is a slave, he’ll never give his employer his heart.’
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez demonstrates his unique method of introducing himself!
Not the greatest game you’ll ever see, but then Liverpool did 95% of the work in Holland; there was no way PSV were going to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit. Crouchinho scored his third goal against PSV in two games to complete a thoroughly professional job. Apart from that, not much to report. You can [...]
With a Chelsea-Liverpool Champions League now confirmed, time for a spot of deja vu. Here is Luis Garcia’s goal which decided the 2005 semi-final between the two sides. All of the ball over all of the line? Hmm. [Rob Parker]
Name Abigail Clancy. Pies knows her simply as Abi, cause we’re tight like that. Nationality British WAG ofâ€¦ Liverpool & England beanpole Peter ‘decent feet for a big man’ Crouch. Not exactly sure if their on/off relationship is on or off right now, but no matter. Abi began dating Crouch in January 2006 after the [...]
Samuel Eto’o has given the first signal that he might be keen on a move to Liverpool. It is only a few days since we were looking at possible targets for Rafa Benitez and his Â£40 million warchest (Â© The Red Tops), and now it seems that Barcelona striker Eto’o might not mind Liverpool’s advances [...]
1 There are few sights in football as beautiful as a confident Peter Crouch doing his thing. It’s like watching an excitable baby giraffe taking its first steps. 2 Nicely bobbling ball, 25 yards out: John Arne Riise is the man you want! 3 We stuck our necks out after the last round and said [...]
The Reds looked great in yellow last night, beating PSV 3-0 away from home to virtually assure themselves a place in the Champions League semis, against either Chelsea or Valencia. As professional as Liverpool were, the Dutch side were very, very poor – on last night’s evidence you’d say they’d struggle to avoid relegation in [...]
Liverpool’s new owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks are set to make Â£40 million available for Rafa Benitez to go on a summer spending spree. Pies gives you the lowdown on the players linked with a move to Anfield today. 1 Daniel Alves (Sevilla) Benitez has been slobbering over the right-sided Brazilian for a long [...]
George Gillett and Tom Hicks, Liverpool’s new American owners, have agreed to provide Rafa Benitez with a Chelsea-scaring Â£40m to blow in the summer transfer market. That’s twice as much as Benitez has had to play with since his arrival at Anfield Since his arrival at Anfield, the most Benitez has spent in a calendar [...]
What a difference a club makes. A few months ago, Javier Mascherano couldn’t get selected for West Ham’s ailing first XI. He was rated behind the likes of Hayden Mullins and Nigel Medi-Ocre. Having watched Mascherano closely during the 2006 World Cup in Germany, this astonished me â€“ the young Argentine was clearly one of [...]
We did feature this Classic Moment on Pies many moons ago, but it is worth seeing again as Liverpool and Arsenal meet at Anfield tomorrow. Michael Thomas bundles his way through the Reds’ defence to win the league for Arsenal in the most dramatic circumstances. “It’s up for grabs now!” [Rob Parker]
In honour of England’s man of the matchâ€¦ Name Alex Curran Nationality British WAG ofâ€¦ Liverpool captain/England saviour Steven Gerrard. The couple have two daughters and are set to marry this summer. Fame ranking 5/10 Regularly appears in the tabloids and gossip mags but hasn’t gone out of her way to court celebrity, unlike some [...]
Welcome back to the tranquil haven that is Haiku Corner. Take off your shoes and let us sit a while, to contemplate the more spiritual side of the beautiful game. This week, our Zen-like focus is on Steven Gerrard, the bestest midfielder in the whole wide world ever, who collected his MBE medal on Wednesday. [...]
Even if you don’t speak Spanish, you get a great idea of how Spanish TV saw the game. Watch out for the awesome karaoke version of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ at the beginning of the video.
1 Why is it Ballack & Shevchenko can do it against Europe’s finest, but not against the likes of Wigan and Charlton? Must be very frustrating for Chelski fans.2 It’s never a good idea to headbutt the pitch. Just ask poor Mikael Silvestre.3 Celtic have got some very talented kids who should be proud of [...]
Liverpool must be buzzing today. They’ve just beaten Barcelona! The European champions for crying out loud! Well, whilst the players smile away, any neutral who watched the game must be wondering why they bothered. With most of the press being, shall we say, kind to Rafa & Co, the same can’t be said for the [...]
"The danger for Liverpool is if they think they have already done the hard work by winning in Spainâ€¦ We are the defending European champions and we will not relinquish the trophy without a fight." Ronaldinho As much as I dislike some of Barca’s stars, I would never write off a team containing Ronaldinho, Eto’o [...]
The wags at T-shirts365 don’t miss a trick. In this case, the trick is producing a t-shirt called ‘The Craig Bellamy School of Golf’, just days after Bellamy showed the world his swing. Ouch, it’s zeitgeisty! Available in green, red or white, for the princely sum of Â£14.99. BUY IT
News reaches us that Premiership chairmen are going to be forced into cutting ‘obscene’ ticket prices because fans have just about had enough of being the victims of daylight robbery every weekend, and as a result, football has reached a tipping point. Two top-flight chairmen have expressed the same view, both of whom predict price [...]
Q: Who put the ‘ouch’ in Crouch? A: Blades striker Rob Hulse, whose stray boot connected with the blonde giraffe’s face during Liverpool’s 4-0 defeat of Sheffield United on Staurday. There goes Peter’s catwalk careerâ€¦ The injury to Crouch was the only downer of the game for Liverpool, although I’ve read several reports claiming that [...]