Liverpool On The Ropes Again

Birmingham went on-top (2-1) during stoppage time of the first half on a brilliant strike…make sure you see the highlight…and here it is:

(goal around the 2:00 mark)

2nd Half
(updates added at bottom)

  • Gerrard on in the second half and knocks header off the post in the 64th minute.


    Gerrard: Not 100% but still make a difference.

    Gerrard: Not 100%, but still made a difference

  • Liverpool is playing the second half like it is stoppage time of the CL finals and they are down one goal…but can’t get the equalizer.
  • Birmingham is blocking shots like Kerri Walsh
  • Liverpool just drew a phantom PK. Nice run by the Ngog, but then he did his best Greg Louganis impression…he might get a suspension for deceiving the referee
  • Gerrard puts in the PK, 2-2
  • Liverpool pressuring again. Wins three corners in a row. Birmingham out of immediate danger, but can’t clear.
  • Another injury for Liverpool…Benayoun goes down…looks like a hammy…Babel comes on.
  • Stat of the night: Liverpool 421 completed passes, Birmingham 92 completed passes
  • Liverpool is having USMNTitis…aka trouble finishing…Gerrard, Ngog and Kuyt all can’t put it on frame from inside the area
  • Entering the 87th minute still tied a 2 goals apiece. Gerrard wins a corner, serves it in, but Ngog header is off-the-mark
  • Birmingham clearly would happy with a draw here…wasting time like it’s their job
  • Babel just dribbled through half the Birmingham squad…Liverpool has corner in the 90th, but no one wants to take it…Mascherano finally runs over but his effort is easily cleared away
  • Four minutes of stoppage time coming
  • Liverpool not doing much with their chances in stoppage time. One-minute or so to go.
  • Last chance for Liverpool…a Gerrard run goes by the wayside…and that’s the whistle.
  • “Liverpool rescued by its crippled colossus”…according to the announcer.

This match will viewed as a -2 instead of a +1 for the Reds as they pick just 1 point with a 2-2 draw verus Birmingham City.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matthew N on 2009/11/09 at 5:53 PM

    My heart just sank into my stomach when that ridiculous shot from damn near midfield went in. I wish Rafa would have been more aggressive with substitutes. I wish Kristian Nemeth wasn’t on loan. I wish El Nino didn’t have a hernia… 😦


    • Posted by Berg on 2009/11/09 at 7:27 PM

      Here’s my hopes to add to your wishes:

      I hope Benayoun’s (and Riera’s, but mostly Yossi’s) hamstring heals quickly. I hope N’Gog, or dare I dream it, Babel, can continue to find the net while Torres sits. I hope that today is a sign Stevie G is on his way back to being completely fit (I don’t think he’s close, but it’s amazing what Gerrard at 75% can be.) I hope Liverpool is paying their training staff for overtime. I hope the next time Liverpool has 80% possession and outshoots their opponent by 30 the scoreline more accurately reflects it.


  2. Posted by Antonio H. on 2009/11/09 at 10:52 PM

    Ngog reminds me so much of Henry it’s ridiculous. With that said, I’m surprised he didnt get called up for any of the qualifiers or the 2 leg playoff coming up(or did he? correct me if I’m wrong). i think France’s main strikers are: Anelka, Benzema, Gignac, and Henry, maybe they could use one more in Ngog or maybe Sinama-Pongolie who lays for At. Madrid.


  3. Posted by Timmy on 2009/11/10 at 8:32 AM

    I watched the entire game last night (DVR is a great invention) and Liverpool dominated play but couldn’t score. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened had the penalty not been called.

    Liverpool vs Man City in two weeks on espn…I think.


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