Photos: Lille 1-0 Liverpool – Leaden Gerrard Lacks Inspiration

Ollie Irish

12th, March 2010


By Ollie Irish

Lille 1-0 Liverpool, Europa League

You might normally expect Lord Stevie G to grab a match like this by the scruff of the neck – not because it played the wrong song in a shit bar, but because Lille are not as good as Liverpool. Or that’s the theory.

But Gerrard had yet another worrying off day, and with Yossi Benayoun out, there was no one in Liverpool’s midfield who could provide a single creative spark. Fernando Torres tried his best to make something happen, but he was on his own up front, a lone beacon of kwality, often triple-marked by Lille’s defenders aware of the Spaniard’s goal threat.

Lille fully deserved the win, with Eden Hazard’s bouncing free-kick somehow finding its way past Pepe Reina on 85 minutes (cue lots of ‘Hazard Warning’ headlines). With no away goal in the bag, Liverpool face an uphill battle to qualify for the last eight.

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Liverpool's Emiliano Insua (right) and Lille's Ludovic Obraniak (left)

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  1. Chringle says:

    For some God-forsaken reason I watched the whole game, and afterwards I just felt sad for football in general.

  2. rowan says:

    Perfect result! One more push towards the sacking of Rafa the dispelling of the owners and a completly new coaching staff. happy days!

  3. Rob says:

    Rafa’s formation and playing people out of position is killing Gerrard’s game when he’s played behind a single striker. Neither of the two defensive centre mid’s cross the halfway line and pass sideways or backwards to defenders slowly pass back or across the field. The players on the wing are too slow and aren’t natural wingers. Gerrard is so isolated in his position that if he ever gets the ball he is outnumbered. He needs to be in centre midfield were he can create. When Liverpool are playing the centre of the field looks like the Bermuda triangle. Sorry for the long message.

  4. K says:

    Ah Liverpool are a joke. Couldn’t care less about them.
    What are your opinions on Pavlyuchenko Ollie?? The guy is sick, cant believe Redknapp has been holding him back from playing for so long

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