Posted by AdamS on February 12, 2004, 12:47:10 PM
I have read quite a lot of views and opinions from those who were at Anfield last night and those that weren't. I was lucky enough to be there and I'd like to share what I saw.
I SAW A VERY POOR ATMOSPHERE FROM ALL BUT THE CITY FANS IN THE FIRST HALF
They were very loud early on. Blue Moon over You'll Never Walk Alone! Barely a peep from us, but lots of noise from them despite going down to an early goal.
I SAW MICHAEL OWEN LOOKING SHARP AND SCORING EARLY
To me as soon as he ran through he wasn't missing this chance. He had that confident swagger to his skip and beat James with ease! Well done Michael.
I SAW A LACK OF LIVERPOOL PLAYERS GETTING INTO THE BOX
Although we still pushed forward, we didn't do it with any numbers or with any real conviction.
I SAW A BIT OF HUMOUR FROM THE KOP
A nice welcome for the appreciative David James as The Kop clapped, then sang out "David James, England Number two!"
I SAW A CRACKING LITTLE PLAYER SCORE A GOOD GOAL FOR CITY
Shaun Wright-Phillips looked a good player all game and finished with confidence when put through by McMoneyman. You could criticise the defence but this was a good move by a team that looks much better going forward than they do defending.
I SAW THE KOP LIFT THE PLAYERS TO RE-TAKE THE LEAD
There were a few moans from around the ground when we were pulled back to one all, but credit to The Kop, they got behind the team and suddenly there was an atmosphere! The Fields Of Anfield Road was audible, the spirits lifted and within moments we were ahead.
I SAW A PLAYER WHO FOR ME IS THE MOST COMPLETE MIDFIELDER IN THE PREMIERSHIP
I am beginning to run out of superlatives for Stevie G; Fantastic, superb, inspirational, tremendous, awesome, are just a few I could use. This kid's good and no mistaking!
I SAW NO LACK OF EFFORT OR DESIRE
I saw the desire. I saw Bruno Cheyrou lose the ball, but chase McMoneyman into the corner and show him up for what he's always been, a bottler!
I saw Anthony Le-Talec running himself in to the ground.
I saw Stevie G cover every blade of grass on the pitch! Twice!
I SAW A LACK OF CONFIDENCE
I saw players who are feeling the pressure. I saw good players, very good players, playing with little or no confidence. I saw Harry Kewell looking like a broken man (he'll be back, but his confidence is on a zero figure). I saw players playing in the shadow of giants, I saw players playing in the expectations of legends. If I'm honest I saw players lacking in direction.
I SAW THE IMPATIENCE OF THE FANS
This only comes from a good place, from a desire for Liverpool Football Club to be successful. We all want the best for Liverpool, each and every fan and I totally understand our frustrations, but moaning at every misplaced pass, every missed tackle or every backward step will not help the players.
I SAW THE HOW DIVIDED SOME FANS CURRENTLY ARE
I know we have the Pro-Houllier, the Anti-Houllier, the Wait and See etc, but I don't remember a time when fans were so divided, so against each other and so split.
I SAW MICHAEL OWEN BE THE LAST PLAYER TO WALK OFF THE PITCH
Please can we sing his name more? Please can we let this lad know how much he means to the club? Please can we beg him to stay? He appreciated his name being called last night, let's hear more of it!
I SAW US AT FOURTH PLACE IN THE LEAGUE
It wasn't the best performance, but how many times have we played really well and not ended up with a thing? There is a balance to be struck, a balance, which at the moment we can't find, but I don't think its a million miles away. I've seen things change on a moment of magic (Gary Mac and 44 yards anyone?)
I SAW THE ANSWER TO A MUCH ASKED QUESTION
The question has been greatly asked, "Is it the crowd that makes the team play well or the team that makes the crowd sing well?" My personal view has always been that it was an unspoken reciprocal agreement - we do our bit & you do yours. What was apparent yesterday was that at the moment the players need us more! We need to get them going, we need to lift them, and this is when your "support" is necessary. Yes we do have high expectations, yes we expect more - but this is my impassioned plea to you fellow Reds - We are in this together, lets unite and get behind the team!
That's what I saw, I hope soon we soar together
COME ON YOU MIGHTY REDS!© Monkey 2004
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