Good morning, kickers. It’s 6:45am in my part of the world and just about 15 minutes until Liverpool take on Man U.
Owing to the fact that Fox Soccer Channel is showing both matches live, we’ve got a special treat here at 7KO; an epic 4 hour liveblog! There is a lot of interest from an Arsenal supporter’s standpoint in the first match — a lot of the so-called challengers dropped points this weekend while Chelsea rolled over Fat Sam’s pitiful Blackburn Cloggers and took first place in the league with 24 points. This leaves Arsenal 6 points adrift of the leaders with TWO games in hand — West Ham and Notlob. If Liverpool don’t at least get a draw, Man U will be 7 points ahead and that would mean that the British Press will start cranking up Man U’s victory parade. We wouldn’t want that would we?
So, join us in 15 mi6nutes or so for the kickoff of Liverpool v. Man U and root for an epic 22 man red-card brawl which sees both teams banned from the Premier League for life or a draw, or a Liverpool win. There’s really no other choice is there?
7am — THIS IS ANFIELD — Gerrard out, Torres in, Old Americans still in charge.
Kickoff — Looney is on, balloons are cleared, and I’m ready. Is it bad to root for Rooney to dislocate his leg while trying a shot?
5′ — Liverpool look nervous without Stevie G and the back line won’t be able to play that offside trap against Looney all day. At some point the line judge will “make a mistake” and Rooney will get free. The Pool defense already nearly made two mistakes.
10′ — Liverpool controlling possession, Benitez gesticulating, Lucas getting stick. You know, I like Lucas, he’s easily almost as good as Denilson.
15′ — I just checked the lineup, is Glen Johnson actually playing? I hadn’t noticed. Light yellow card for Evra, I’m not complaining mind you.
16′ — Man U defense all over the place but van der Saar comes up roses. Damn. I thought Pool would get one there. There was a gaping net and Torres had the shot and scuffed it. Nerves are jangling I think.
@Harnet, I’m sure, on that breakaway, Lucas slotted the ball behind Kuyt, Denilson would have at least passed it where Kuyt could have a shot!
20′ — Good save from Pepe.
24′ — OOOHHH, nice stamp by Kuyt on human turd Evra. Evra goes down crying like a little child.
30′ — YAWN… little known fact, the so-called “big games” are rarely as exciting as the hype surrounding them.
35′ — Liverpool living dangerously there, probably could have been a penalty on Carragher. Certainly would have if an Arsenal man made that tackle.
39′ — GLEN JOHNSON GOT A TOUCH. £17m well spent then.
40′ — Liverpool have spent a lot of energy in this first half and are starting to look jaded. Will they be able to put something past United in these last 5? Will United take advantage? They look sharper! Hold on to your seats…
45′ — Two minutes of Old Trafford time. Wait…
HT — The whistle blows and as expected, United players, in a show of “Respect” surround the referee and start screaming at him. I think that a club should be docked points for doing that kind of thing. Let’s say a 7 point deduction. I thought that Marriner lost a bit of control of the game at the end, but that the Man U protestations were comical. Berba and Scholes both dived at the end there to make it look like they had a claim for a foul.
Second Half Predictions — Lucas Red card, Scholes Red card, Fergie Red Face, Man U penalty, Benayoun goal, 1-1 final score.
50′ — Benayoun showing the industry that I expected from him in the second half. As much as Glen Johnson looks lost, Benayoun looks found.
55′ — Are United playing Rope-a-Dope here? They sure look like they are giving Liverpool a lot of chances, certainly they can’t keep soaking up this pressure.
60′ — Valencia is Spanish for fast.
63′ — So, I’ve learned four things: 1) Evra shoving Torres down is not a foul 2) Carragher’s clean tackle on Rooney is a foul 3) Vidic fouling Pepe on a throw….
HA! Torres scores, fighting through several shirt tugging fouls by Ferdinand, and staying on his feet, Torres exposes the high line of United and pops a goal into the top of the net. How will United respond?
Like cunts, no doubt.
67′ — Marriner has decided to not give Lucas and Mascherano any leeway in the midfield and gives consecutive free kicks to United. Huh, all teams should surround the ref and scream at him on half time, the tactic seems to work!
70′ — Lucas is having a nightmare, do you Liverpool fans still want to get rid of him? I think he’d do really well on Arsenal’s reserves.*
75′ — Well, Fergie pulled Scholes before he could have his weekly moment of madness, damn.
80′ — Little know fact: Michael Owen won the Ballon d’Or. Oh goodness, Rafa’s Rotation takes Torres off and puts on Ngog. Liverpool are playing for the draw.
85′ — Just waiting for the last minute goal from United.
87′ — Good call ref, that was a yellow. Man, Carragher looks really old. I know a lot of people like to put blame on Lucas, but for my money Jaime Carragher of Bootle, you are the weakest link.
90′ — How much does Vidic hate playing Liverpool? Three consecutive red cards against Liverpool, that’s how much.
5 MINUTES!!! That’s is fucking comical. What were the five minutes added for? 3 subs?
93′ — Squirtle on Benyoun off…
94′ – I was wrong, Mascherano takes the fall in midfield for Liverpool, to be fair, it could have been a straight red.
97′ — Lucas sets up Ngog who finishes nicely. Take that you fuckers. Ok. Now all the top clubs have 2 losses, we need a Fulham win and an Arsenal win and this will be a perfect weekend.
Back in a moment with part 2: Wet Ham v. Arsenal
Link’s up, see you over there. Unless you want to talk about this old news!
*I actually like Lucas a lot and this is a blatant attempt to get Liverpool fans to force him out so Arsenal can get him on the cheap.