Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester Utd- an unforgettable triumph on home soil

It's Saturday 13th of September 2008. Liverpool FC supporters all around the world have been waiting for this day since the start of the season. After a slow start to the season, and victories coming after unconvincing displays, Liverpool stood with 7 points in the table after 3 matches. Liverpool fans had been waiting for the sweet victory over their fierce rivals Manchester Utd in the league since 4 years. The clock was slowly ticking and the pressure of the match was slowly starting to rise. It became more and more apparent that it would soon be kick off time at Anfield.

12:45, the match finally gets under way. Liverpool FC fans, including myself were confident that today could be our day. But our hearts sank as the opening goal came from Man U only after 4 mins in the game. On this day, Liverpool handed the debut to the Spanish winger, Albert Riera. Soon after the goal, Liverpool upped the tempo of the game, flooding Man U's box. Crosses were coming from the flanks and the new kid was making an impressive debut. Liverpool's effort was paid in goal when Alonoso's deflected shot caused an own goal by defender Wes Brown after Albert Riera had put sufficient pressure on him.

Upon the start of the second half, everyone witnessed a completely changed Liverpool. We were all over Man U, winning the ball as soon as they started to build. Liverpool FC played Man U off the park once again. Crosses were coming right and left but the stalemate still remained. I was starting to believe that Utd would escape once again from our claws. But the subsitution of Ryan Babel brought all the positives that Liverpool FC could produce. In my heart i said: "perform your piece of magic". After a great display by Mascherano and Kuyt laying off the ball sweetly to Ryan Babel, the lad made no mistake to slot the ball comfortably at the back of the net. Anfield immediately went ablaze. We could sense this victory coming after so many years.

The final whistle saw Liverpool come from behind and win the match 2-1. This had undoubtedly been Liverpool's greatest match of the year. Building on this result can make us, Liverpool fans, believe that this could indeed be our season.

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