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Post by la bestia negra Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:48 pm

congrats guys

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Post by poolsupporter Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:02 pm

That was as nerve racking as '05. Maaannn.


WE WON!!!!!
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Post by mr-r34 Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:06 pm

F me dead, my heart is offfff its balls its 6am how the hell am i going to sleep now, well bloody in Liverpool skrtel and downing were beasts today, fml were has a consistent version of this downing been.
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Post by McAgger Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:18 pm

Mr-r34.....Where have u been mate? WOOOOT WOOOOT YNWA
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Post by RedOranje Sun Feb 26, 2012 7:58 pm

3rd penalty shoot-out win in the last 4 finals... Liverpool just cannot do it the easy way, eh?
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Post by poolsupporter Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:04 pm

RedOranje wrote:3rd penalty shoot-out win in the last 4 finals... Liverpool just cannot do it the easy way, eh?
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Just crazy. I'm sure I wasn't the only one who thought it was over after Adam's miss.
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Post by Arquitecto Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:23 am

Liverpool win the League Cup for a record eighth time, first fighting back level and then taking a late lead in extra time only to concede at the death. It wasn’t pretty, and the problems that they came into the match with in large part remained, but it’s silverware and confirmation of European competition for next season, and it’s reason to celebrate.
There was only one change for Liverpool from last weekend, with the fit-again Daniel Agger coming back into the eleven and Jamie Carragher relegated to the bench. That this was the only change meant Bellamy once again missed out, with Downing starting on the left and the Welshman on the bench. Otherwise it was business as usual, with Gerrard, Adam, and Henderson through the middle (although Henderson also spent significant time on the right), Carroll and Suarez in attack, and a full-strength defensive unit.
The pre-match in and of itself was a spectacle to behold, with 30,000-plus Liverpool fans drowning out the canned music as they watched the sides take the Wembley pitch. And within two minutes we were all nearly in dreamland, as a Gerrard-led break ended with a Johnson curling effort off the underside of the bar. It was a terrific shot and a flowing forward movement from Liverpool, who would continue their pressure for most of the opening ten minutes.
Cardiff saw their first chance of the match on ten minutes, with a Miller effort flying over Reina’s goal after a nice passage of play and a lovely backheel to give Miller the chance first-time. It was mostly Liverpool’s match, though, with most of the action headed toward the Cardiff goal and the Reds dominating in possession.
As we’ve seen so often this season, though, possession without finishing is just possession, and in the 19th minute Mason gave the Welsh side the lead. McNaughton played a pass into the out-stepping Miller, and the Scot glided a lovely through ball into the path of Mason, who passed it through Pepe Reina’s legs for a 1-0 lead. It was a shock to the system of Liverpool, who’d been the better side for much of the opening twenty minutes and had played the part of favorites well.
Liverpool responded shakily, with Cardiff still threatening through Mason and few chances to be found while in the attacking third. Just as the nerves had looked to settled after the first few minutes, the Cardiff goal brought them back, with Kenny's side showing hints of the self-consciousness that’s been so frustrating this season.
Most of their threat came down the left as Cardiff closed up shop, with Downing and Enrique providing the impetus for most anything positive that Liverpool could muster. Just before the half Liverpool mustered their best chance of the half, as Gerrard floated in a lovely free kick in front of the Cardiff goal, with both Agger and Skrtel unmarked. The Dane was in front and headed on goal from a few yards out, but it was straight at Tom Heaton, who knocked it down and smothered quickly minutes before the end of the half.
With no changes at the half, Liverpool were tasked with making adjustments with the same personnel and shape. An early free kick gleaned only a poorly-struck Henderson volley, and at the other end Cardiff once again had a Kenny Miller first-time strike after a back-heel from Don Cowie. Suarez nipped in to steal possession and test Heaton shortly after, but neither that nor the set pieces to follow would give Liverpool any joy.
The introduction of Bellamy for Henderson on 58 minutes showed Liverpool’s intent, and, while the Welshman wasn’t involved, they’d have their equalizer within two minutes. Carroll’s headed effort from a corner was flicked off the post by Suarez, and Skrtel followed up with a right-footed drive through Heaton to send Liverpool supporters into rapture. It was calmly-taken from the Slovakian defender, who got his fourth goal of the season and his second in as many games.
Gestede had a decent shout for a free kick at the other end almost immediately, but Clattenburg waved it off, and Liverpool resumed their pressure in search of a winner. Skrtel very nearly had another from a corner, as Adam’s delivery was headed high and the defender hit it well on the volley. Heaton reacted well, though, and got both hands down to save. Cardiff did their part at the other end, first winning a free kick on a Kenny Miller slip near the edge of the area, and next after Cowie had acres of space with which to operate on the right, only for his cross to be headed wide of Reina’s goal.
Back and forth it went in the final minutes, with Suarez cutting back for Adam to strike one straight at Heaton first-time, and Miller wasting a terrific chance after Carroll’s intervention forced a rushed shot. Nothing doing for either side, and extra time beckoned.
Liverpool started the extra period in much the same manner as they started the first, only this time we know for sure it would have been a goal, as a Luis Suarez effort in the second minute was cleared off the line. The remainder of the first period had a handful of efforts for Liverpool, with an Carroll header floating wide just before he was subbed off for Dirk Kuyt, and near-misses for Bellamy and Johnson.
That left all the drama for the second, with Kuyt giving Liverpool the lead in the 108th minute with a wonderful off-balance effort, and Ben Turner punching home the second of two dangerous Cardiff corners (after Kuyt had a goal-line clearance on the first) with only minutes to spare. It was an awful gut punch, and one that would send the match to penalties.
Which was pretty much worst case scenario given Liverpool’s awful conversion rate on the season, with only Steven Gerrard proving successful on the year. And yet the captain stepped up first for the Reds and missed had his shot well saved by Tom Heaton, followed by a Miller miss off the post for Cardiff. They were both outdone by Adam, who honestly put in the absolute worst penalty I’ve witnessed. It barely stayed in Wembley and likely did serious damage to the video board in the fourth deck. Atrocious.
Don Cowie stepped up and netted, and each of Liverpool’s next three— Kuyt, Downing, and Johnson—would follow suit, with Johnson’s proving to be the difference as Gestede and Anthony Gerrard both missed, with the unsuccessful Gerrard effort setting off wild celebrations for Liverpool, who won their first trophy in six years.
On another day we can look back and be more critical, even though it wouldn’t take much effort if we did it now. Many of Liverpool’s shortcomings on the year were on display today, despite the fact that we’d hoped the occasion could mask them. But we could just as easily trumpet the performances of Skrtel, Johnson, Downing, Kuyt, all of whom were terrific for most of their time on the pitch. And to their credit, Cardiff could have come away winners just as easily, with a fantastic effort on the day and a performance worthy of acclaim.
Today’s not about the any sort of hard analysis one way or the other though, at least for me. It’s about Liverpool Football Club lifting a trophy, and being able to celebrate that success. Congratulations to all involved at the club, and let’s hope that it helps push everyone on to a strong finish the rest of the way.
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Post by urbaNRoots Mon Feb 27, 2012 9:31 am

Congratz you guys deserved it for sticking with Liverpool through thick & thin.

I hope you win FA Cup too, but for the sake of my Arsenal please don't get the 4th spot Sad

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Post by mr-r34 Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:21 pm

been lurking more then anything tbh still been here as you can see in the scoreline predictions thread hahaha

Geez feels awesome and this is only the carling cup lol
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Post by Red Alert Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:15 am

Won't be here for the Arsenal game, so I'll just post it here. (I don't want to make a thread, was expecting nishank to make it already. :( )

A draw will be a defeat. We NEED to win this game if we want to make the four. We'll be back to 4 points with a game in hand, which puts us right back in it.

We'll have the boost of the CC final, and Arsenal will be buzzing from their 5-2 over Spurs. Game will be all over the place. I would take a 10-9 win, honestly couldn't care-less about our goals conceded this game. Top four has been the objective the whole season. This is the time to go for it, and will put extra pressure on Arsenal/Chelsea as they're both on the urge of getting kicked out of the CL.

Coates > Carragher if Agger's injured.
Kelly for Johnson if he's injured also, but I think he just withdrawn as it's only a friendly.
Bellamy > Downing.
Spearing > Adam.
Rest same squad.

4-3-3 or 4-5-1 against this lot. We can't let them dominate the midfield. Put Hendo back in the centre and watch him shine.
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