This result will send Lyon through. With Fiorentina crushing Debrecen, Liverpool will need not only to win their next two games but will need Lyon to beat or draw against Fiorentina. This has not been Liverpool’s season. Injuries and very sloppy defending have defined their season so far.
90: UGH…sloppy defending by Liverpool leaves Lisandro with an easy shot and he easily scores. 1-1
89: Babel playing like a man possessed. Kuyt sends a cross accross the face og goal but no Liverpool player in site. Babel picks it up and does a 1-2 with Benayoun and sends a shot wide…should have done better but it is good to see him trying and running hard.
87: Torres off Ngog on. He played well but is clearly hurting. He will need surgery soon. Hopefully a combination of Babel, Voronin and Ngog will be worthy deputies.
84: WOW…1-0 Liverpool. A THUNDERBOLT shot from Ryan Babel sends them into the lead. That’s the Babel we have all been waiting for. He gets the ball from Benayoun after a 5 headed clearance by the Liverpool defenders and dribbles a couple of players and then sends an unstoppable shot in to the top left corner. He showed industry and poise and confidence…all things lacking up until that shot…fantastic..once again Benitez strikes gold.
79: Liverpool making too many passes lose the ball and Lisandro breaks but sends his shot wide. He should have done better. Thankfully for Liverpool fans he did not.
74: Big mistake from Kyrgiakos gives Lisandro a great chance but the shot is well saved by Reina. Close one that.
71: Game is getting livelier and Lyon have a free kick which Bastos sends straight into the arms of Reina.
69: Great chance for Liverpool as Lucas sends in a shot that is well saved by Lloris. THEY NEED TO SCORE!
68: Babel on for Voronin…bad move…Voronin is a useful player to have on the pitch. Babel is lazy but maybe his lack of PT wiil inspire to play harder
66: The play is end to end but without much of the excitement that that usually entails. Torres clearly not at his best….still better than most.
65: Voronin fouled near the edge of the penalty box but play is waved on…unlucky
60: Fiorentina lead 2-1 so Liverpool REALLY need to win this game if they are to have a chance to reach the knockout stages.
54: On a positive note for Liverpool is Lucas is playing very well and marshaling the Liverpool attack well with short sharp passes and darting runs…hopefully have not jinxed anything
52: Lyon are coming out the stronger team in the second half but Liverpool slowly waking up as Insua sends in a cross which is dealt with comfortably by the Lyon defense.
47: Carragher maraudes his way down the wing but kicks the ball too far. He really is an amazing player. Makes the most of everything but still is best in the center of defense. Liverpool need to win more corners as Krygiakos is great in the air.
46: TWEET…no changes on either side though Lyon made two changes in the first half. Lyon immediately appeal for a penalty but the challenge by Insua was clean.
45: Liverpool get a late corner and it bounces around the Lyon half but nothing happens…Referee blows the whistle. Liverpool need to bring it in the second half.
40: Pjanic comes of for Lyon with an injury and is replaced by the Brazilian Ederson… This game is needs a goal…hopefully from Liverpool
35: Bastos for Lyon skins Insua of the ball and goes for goal but Kyrgiakos (that was hard to get correct) gets the ball off him. Bastos is dangerous though.
33: Liverpool showing a little more urgency. They really need to take this game by the scruff of its neck. They end to play well when their backs are against the wall but personally i’m getting tired of it.
28: Good to see Voronin getting a start and has a great chance to make it 1-0 but keeper makes a great save. Liverpool need to put these away. They need to win these 1 on 1 situations.
25: Nothing too much to note. Liverpool are playing well but Lyon is a very good team and not being broken down. Perennial quarter finalists in the champs league they never have taken it to the next level. Wonder if this is their year.
21: I LOVE Jamie Carragher. He is tough nosed and skillful defender. He plays with heart and passion..Fast or a winger he is not…sigh
17: Exciting build up by Liverpool as Lyon were dominating and Kuyt sends a lofting volley shot in and France’s number 1 keeper makes an excellent save for a corner. Nothing comes off the corner
13: Torres with an inviting opportunity but shoots straight at the keeper
Sorry for the late arrival but was stuck in traffic. Well we all know the importance of this game from a Liverpool POV. Aside from a great result against Manchester United, they have had a very disappointing season. A loss here would be the worst run of form in 50 years and would pretty much put them out of the champions league.