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Liverpool: All the latest Liverpool flavoured news, views, rumours and other assorted bits and bobs

The next installment of our mini-series of Classic FA Cup Final Moments. Brand spanking new Fulham boss Lawrie Sanchez pulls of one of the great Cup Final shocks as his flicked header defeats Liverpool.

Pies begins the countdown to the 2007 FA Cup final with a look at Classic FA Cup Final Moments of yesteryear. We kick off with Steven Gerrard’s cramp-riddled scorcher from last year’s final.

fowler%20t-shirt.JPGWith ‘God’ on his way out of Anfield once again, it is probably as good a time as any for Liverpool fans to invest in this tribute to the one and only Robert Fowler. A fitting, and only slightly blasphemous, tribute to an Anfield legend. It is available from TShirts365 for £14.99 if you click in the general vicinity of this hyperlink.

Robbie Fowler applauds the Anfield crowd after making his final appearance for the club, for Liverpool against Charlton (the game ended 2-2). The man known on the Kop as ‘God’ didn’t score but that didn’t stop fans giving him a standing ovation when he was substituted.

Keep your eyes on the road Freddy.

Continuing on a Harry Enfield/Paul Whitehouse tip, here’s the funniest sketch Enfield ever did. Still makes me chuckle out loud…

With the news that Robbie Fowler will not be offered a new contract at Liverpool at the end of the season, Pies has tracked down pictures of the veteran striker storming out of Anfield at a steady pace!

This classic goalkeeping howler sees Blackburn Rovers keeper Tim Flowers being undone by his own vandalism. Stan Collymore’s daisy-cutter hits the stud marks Flowers has put on the pitch to help him with his angles.

In the blue corner, we have Michael Ball, who seemed hell-bent on inflicting some kind of Zorro Zed on Cristiano Ronaldo’s chest during the Manc derby on Saturday…

Ball (MC) Stamp On Ronaldo (MU)
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74047622.gifTo all Liverpool fans who have argued that they’d rather win the Champions League than the Premiership (and I’ve read more than a few such arguments in the last couple of days), that’s fair enough if you genuinely believe that, but don’t for a minute think that you’re suddenly a better side than Man Utd or Chelsea: you’re not. No way.

16857-gattuso.jpgAhead of this month’s Champions League final, Milan dynamo Rino Gattuso has taken a pop at Liverpool’s long-ball dinosaurs: ‘All Liverpool try to do is defend together, with everybody behind the ball and just one striker… All they do is play long balls — every ball is a long ball. It is very different to Manchester, who are a real footballing team.’

Many thanks to regular Pies reader Cole for this tremendous spot. They could be brothers, albeit brothers where Hercules got all the looks and Dirk got the, er, ability to run around enthusiastically for 90 minutes without actually offering much of a goal threat.

The 2007 Champions League final is to be almost a carbon copy of the 2005 final: AC Milan v Liverpool in a eastern Europe capital city. Here is a reminder of what happened last time round (in case you were in a coma at the time or something).

JoseReinaPA_175x125.jpgWhile Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina was successfully defending his goal against Chelsea last night there was sadly nobody to guard his house. The Spaniard returned from celebrating his match-winning shoot-out saves at 12.45am to find that his home in Woolton, Liverpool, had been raided.

mascherano.jpgWatching Javier Mascherano put in a man-of-the-match performance in a Liverpool shirt last night was a treat (I love Maschy, mostly because he’s so bloody good in Pro Evolution Soccer) but also made me very angry with English football.

74045113.gifDear Uefa, please can you fix it for me so that Liverpool and Chelsea never play each other in Europe ever again? I don’t really want to endure any more ultra-cautious, ultra-defensive, ultra-professional football. It’s no fun.

The Daily Snapshot

May 2nd, 2007

Daniel Agger is mobbed by team-mates (l to r: Steven Gerrard, Bodo Zenden, Jon Arne Riise, Dirk Kuyt and Peter Crouch) after scoring the opening goal for Liverpool against Chelsea in last night’s Champions League semi final second leg at Anfield. Liverpool went on to win the game on penalties. [Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images]

Phew, all this Liverpool v Chelsea build-up is getting a bit serious for our liking, so here’s a light-hearted moment from a Liverpool v Chelsea match, from the days before anyone had heard of Roman Abramovich. Ouch, that’s gonna sting. It makes my eyes water just watching it…

The Daily Snapshot

April 27th, 2007

Liverpool’s U18 players celebrate beating arch rivals Man Utd on penalties to win the FA Youth Cup, held at Old Trafford yesterday. [Photo: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images]

73963451.jpgWith 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.

A predictably defensive affair with lots of long balls, lots of falling over by Didier Drogba and the odd chant of ‘Fuck off Mourinho!’ by Liverpool fans. Liverpool were strangely muted but without an away goal I’d have to favour Chelsea to reach the final now.

The Daily Snapshot

April 24th, 2007

Chelsea trio Sean Wright-Phillips, Carlo Cudicini and Jon-Obi Mikel muck about during training before tomorrow’s Champions League tie against Liverpool. [Photo: Getty Images]

sp2.jpgJerzy 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 it… I will remember Liverpool fondly as a success but not the situation I’ve found myself in… When a player knows he is a slave, he’ll never give his employer his heart.’

0%2C%2C2007181679%2C00.jpgAtletico Madrid captain Fernando Torres, reportedly a summer transfer target for Man Utd, wears an armband with ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ inscribed on the inside – the armband came loose during Atletico’s 2-0 defeat away to Real Sociedad at the weekend.