10 conclusions: Champions League qualifying

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28th, August 2008

Musings on last night’s European action
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1. Liverpool have got problems. There is no fluidity or shape to the side and Rafa Benitez doesn’t seem to know how to turn the situation around.
2. The Reds could have had no complaints if Standard Liege had gone through. The Belgian side deserved their chance in the penalty shootout lottery, but Dirk Kuyt’s shin intervened.
3. Theo Walcott seems to be finally reaching his potential. He was outstanding all night for Arsenal and capped his performance with a wonderful goal.


4. I am hugely disappointed to see Steve McClaren’s side go out of the competition so early. Perhaps we could convince him to continue to conduct pre-match interviews even if his side aren’t playing?
5. The level of expectation of the Robbie Keane-Fernando Torres strike partnership has not yet been met. Some strike partnerships do not work immediately

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