The Sunday Papers 12/9/04

Posted by Rushian on September 12, 2004, 02:27:39 AM

Garcia fashions a more sophisticated Liverpool

by Dan Murphy, Independent on Sunday

Life under Rafael Benitez took a decided turn for the better yesterday as a new-look Liverpool swept aside West Bromwich Albion with a convincing display of swift passing and intelligent movement. Luis Garcia, playing in the hole behind Djibril Cissé, was the chief architect on his home debut, delighting the home fans with his quick thinking and bright play ....

Rampant Garcia has Kop in raptures

by John Aizlewood, Sunday Times

LAST season, it would have been impossible to conceive of, but yesterday afternoon, as Liverpool breezed past West Bromwich Albion, The Kop gave a standing ovation to an expensive import, substituted in triumph rather than shame. Perhaps, in the mercurial, stylish and feisty Luis Garcia, The Kop has the bought-in hero it has craved since Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush ....

Gerrard imperious as he leads the way

by Helen Jones, The Observer

Steven Gerrard emphasised just why Rafael Benítez moved heaven and earth to keep him at Liverpool earlier this summer with a majestic goalscoring performance that added weight to the belief that too often the England midfielder carries his Anfield team-mates on his shoulders. Propelled by Gerrard, Liverpool left West Brom still searching for their first victory of the season and secured their second home win of the campaign ....

Gerrard shows no mercy to West Brom
By Derick Allsop, Sunday Telegraph

La Ligapool began to take shape under the paternal gaze of the ever-prowling Rafael Benitez, but it was the influence of an incomparable Englishman that left the most significant impression. Steven Gerrard carried Liverpool through much of last season almost single handedly and he continues to accept the responsibility of plugging the gaps and chasing lost causes, as well as providing the sublime and the inspirational ....

Kop hails new hero

by Press Association, Soccernet

Liverpool fans have lost a glut of heroes this summer but now have a new star to idolise in Luis Garcia after a 3-0 home win over West Brom. Michael Owen may have gone to Spain but, coming the other way, Liverpool have acquired a clever, mobile creative force from Barcelona who stole the show with an outstanding display ....

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