Liverpool Football Club
edited: Wednesday, November 02, 2005
By Reginald Stanley Birch
Rated "G" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, July 09, 2005
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5 times European football league champions 1977/1978/1981/1984/2005
Follow here up-dates of the 2005/6 season. (last up date 2nd November 2005)
9th July Liverpool start the 2005/6 football season with a friendly against Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground Wrexham, kick off 3.00pm. On display will be the cup that was presented to Liverpool FC after beating the mighty AC Milan in the Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul.
Liverpool will keep the cup for all time as it was their 5th time of winning the trophy.
The first was back in 1977 by beating (3 -1) the German team Borussia Moechengladbach in the Olympic Stadium, Rome.
Liverpool FC European Champions 1977
Manager: Bob Paisley.
Team: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal (1), Joey Jones, Tommy Smith (1), Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes (Capt), Kevin Keegan, Jimmy Case, Steve Heighway, Terry McDermott (1), Ian Callaghan
Second was in 1978 when they successfully defended the title by beating (1- 0) the Belgian team Brugge at Wembley Stadium, London.
Liverpool FC European Champions 1978
Manager: Bob Paisley
Team: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Phil Thompson, Alan Hansen, Ray Kennedy, Emlyn Hughes (Capt) Kenny Dalglish (1) Jimmy Case (replaced by Steve Heighway 63 min), David Fairclough, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness,
Third time was in 1981 by beating (1- 0) the Spanish team Real Madrid at Parc des Princes, Paris.
Liverpool FC European Champions 1981
Manager: Bob Paisley.
Who became the first and to date only manager to win the trophy three times
Team: Ray Clemence, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy (1), Phil Thompson (Capt), Ray Kennedy, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish (replaced by Jimmy Case 85 min), Sammy Lee, David Johnson, Terry McDermott, Graeme Souness,
Fourth time was in 1984 against Roma in the Olympic Stadium, Rome, after a (1-1) draw, Liverpool won by (4 -2) in a penalty shoot out, the first in a European Cup final.
Liverpool FC European Champions 1984
Manager: Joe Fagan
Team: Bruce Grobbelaar, Phil Neal, Alan Kennedy, Mark Lawrenon, Ronnie Whelan, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish (replaced by Michael Robinson 94 min), Sammy Lee, Ian Rush, Craig Johnson (replaced by Steve Nicol 69 min), Graeme Souness (Capt).
1985 Liverpool was in the final again defending the title, this time against Juventus in the Heysel Stadium Brussels (now renamed Roi Baudouin Stadium). Juve won by one goal, a dubious penalty for a foul by Garry Gillespie on Bonisk in the 57th minute.
But neither side had played well which was understandable under the circumstances.
39 died (38 Italians and 1 Belgian) when a wall collapsed caused by crowd trouble. This lead to all English clubs banned from European and world football competitions for 5 years, Liverpool for 6 years.
Liverpool lost European football league championship Final 1985
Manager: Joe Fagan
“Uncle Joe” as he was affectionately known, retired after the match. The loss of lives had clearly affected him deeply, and he made few public appearances after his retirement.
Team: Bruce Grobbelaar, Phil Neal (Capt), Jim Beglin, Mark Lawenson (replaced by Gary Gillespie 3 min), Steve Nicol, Alan Hansen, Kenny Dalglish, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush, Paul Walsh (replaced by Craig Johnston 46 min) John Wark.
2005, 21 years after the fourth win, the fifth time of winning came along, this time against AC Milan at Ataturk Stadium, Istanbul. The first half was a nightmare for Liverpool going (3-0) down. At halftime it looked all over for Liverpool but in an unbelievable second half the Red’s fought back finishing (3 -3) at the final whistle. The penalty shootout that followed was won by Liverpool 3 -2 by some great saves by Jerzy Dudek.
Liverpool FC European Champions 2005
Manager: Rafael Benitez
Team: Jerzy Dudek, Steve Finnan (replaced by Dietmar Hamann 46min), Djimi Traore, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher, Jon Arne Riise, Steven Gerrard (Capt) (1), Luis Garcia, Xabi Alonso (1), Harry Kewell (replaced by Vladimer (1) 23 min), Milan Baros (replaced by Djibril Cisse 85 min)
Today the 9th July starts the 2005/6 season with a friendly against Wrexham it was only a stroll in the park for Liverpool, but Wrexham did score 3 goals to Liverpool's 4.
The qualifying rounds for the 2006 European Football League Championship starts on Wednesday 13th July (7.45pm) with Liverpool at home. Anfield will welcome Total Network Solutions the Welsh Champions for the first leg, with TNS opting to play the second leg at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground which holds a lot more spectators than TNS’s home ground, the right decision as both legs are sold out. As was today’s friendly the result Wrexham 3 Liverpool 4.
Look out for update on Liverpool v NTS the start of the European Football League Championship.
13th July the cricket season in full swing and Liverpool start their European league campaign. First leg kicked off at Anfield (7.45 pm) against TNS with Steve Gerrard (Captain) scoring in the 8th min.
Gerrard decided to stay with Liverpool after other clubs had tried to sign him, but he eventually signed a new contract with Liverpool. It was just as well as his name was the only one on the score sheet with two more goals in 21st and 89th minutes giving him his first hat trick (3 goals in a match) for the Liverpool.
TNS defended well with their goalkeeper (Doherty) making several brilliant saves, thus keeping the score down.
Home leg final score Liverpool 3 TNS 0
Gate over 45,000 (sell out)
Manager: Rafael Benitez
Team: Jose Reina, Steve Finnan, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher, Stephen Warnock (replaced by Boudewijn Zenden 64 min), Darren Potter (replaced by Djibril Cisse 76 min), Xabi Alonso, Steven Gerrard (Capt) (3), John Arne Riise, Anthony Le Tallec, Fernando Morientes.
Watch out for Liverpool’s away leg with TNS on Tuesday 19th July
Liverpool while at a pre-season training camp in Switzerland crossed over the border to Lustenua in Austria for a friendly with the German team Bayer Leverkusen who Liverpool beat twice in the European Champions League last season.
Kick-off 6.30 pm. Saturday July 16th.
In the fourth minute Stephen Warnock taken off the field holding his arm, unable to return he is replaced by Djimi Traore in the 7th minute.
25th minute Djibril Cisse scores a magnificent goal followed by another one minute later.
At the halftime whistle Leverkusen 0 – 2 Liverpool
In the 56th minute of the second half, Milan Baros scores Liverpool’s third goal. The 90th minute arrives and the referee blows his whistle to end the match.
Final score Leverkusen 0 – 3 Liverpool
Only down side for Liverpool, Stephen Warnock may have a broken arm
Stephen Warnock injury not as serious as first thought, X-ray showed no broken bones just bruising, will be fit to play in Tuesdays match against TNS
Tuesday 19th Stephen Warnock has not been selected to play, he has still a badly bruised elbow.
A rather scrappy first half which Liverpool dominated but scored only one goal in the 26th minute from Djibril Cisse
Half time score: TNS 0 – 1 Liverpool
Second half started with Liverpool still dominating the match before TNS started to attack Liverpool goal causing manager Benitez to bring on club captain Steven Gerrard (who had been resting on the bench) he soon showed all why Chelsea had offered £32,000,000 for him, an offer thankfully Liverpool turned down. He scored in the 85th and again 86th minutes.
Up until then Doherty the TNS goalkeeper had again had a brilliant match, making numerous stops and saving a penalty taken by Diermar Hamann in the 50th minute, but ‘Captain Marvel’ had again pulled Liverpool around..
Final aggregate score: TNS 0 – 6 Liverpool
Champions League Qualifier (2): first leg Liverpool away to the Lithuanian team FBK Kaunas on the 26th July 19.45 pm. kick off.
Second leg against FBK on the 2nd August kick off 19.45 pm at Anfield, Liverpool.
23rd July another pre-arranged friendly, Liverpool travel from their training camp in Switzerland to Vaduz in Liechtenstein. Their opponents the Athens team Olympiacos. Liverpool scoring in the 32nd minute (Garcia), and Olympiacos equalising in the 40th minute (Rivaldo).
Second half Liverpool score in the 49th minute (Morientes) again in the 53rd minute (Baros) and in the 59th minute (Baros). In the 77th minute Djordjevic scores for Olympiacos from a penalty kick, and again in the 83rd minute. The final result: Liverpool 4, Olympiacos 3
26th July 7.45 pm Liverpool kicked off against the Lithuanian champions in their 1st leg of the Champions League Qualifier (2). In the 20th minute Giedrius Barevicius scores for Kaunas from a mistake by Hyypia. Followed by a Liverpool goal in the 27th minute scored by Cisse, Callagher scored Liverpool’s 2nd in the 29th minute by heading in a corner kick taken by Gerrard.
Half time (45 minutes) score: FBK Launas 1 – Liverpool 2
After the break Kaunas kick off the second half and Liverpool soon start to dominate, after Captain Marvel (Gerrard) was fouled in the penalty area (53 min) he scores Liverpool’s 3rd from the penalty spot (54 min).
Final Whistle (90 minutes) FBK Kaunas 1 – Liverpool 3
Liverpool team: Jose Reina, John Arne Riise, Sami Hyypia, Jamie Carragher (29), Josemi (full name Jose Miguel Gonzales Rey), Darren Potter (replaced by Luis Garcia 63 min), Steven Gerrard (Capt) (54) (replaced by Momo Sissoko 59 min), Xabi Alonso. Boudewijn Zenden, Djibril Cisse (27), Peter Crouch (replaced by Fernando Morientes 74 min)
2nd August, Liverpool’s home leg of Qualifier (2), the usual Anfield sell out crowd watched Kaunas kick off at 7.45 pm towards the kop. With a few of Liverpool’s key players rested (Gerrard, Garragher, Cisse, Alonso) the first half was more than scrappy it was really sloppy. There seemed to be no urgency, even though they were 3 – 1 up on aggregate Liverpool will have to play with a lot more determination at home ties to progress against better teams.
Half time score: Liverpool – 0 Kaunas – 0
Second half Cisse replaces Morenietes but the game did not improve, that is until ‘Captain Marvel’ came on the field in the 74 min and scored in the 77th minute. Cisse made the score look better for Liverpool with a gaol in the 85th minute Hopefully Gerrard will stay injury free all season as Liverpool cannot afford to have him injured as again tonight he livened up the game when he came on.
Final score: Liverpool – 2 Kounas – 0
Aggregate score: Liverpool – 5 Kounas - 1
Liverpool team: Carson, Finnan, Hyypia (Capt), Whitbread, Warnock, Garcia, Hamann (replaced by Gerrard (1) 74 min), Sissoko, Zenden, Morientes (replaced by Cisse 46min), Couch (replaced by Potter 54 min)
10th August the Reds away to CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria the first leg of Champions league qualifier (3) kick off 7.45 pm.
Ironically Bulgaria is where the Liverpool teenager Michael Shields was jailed for 15 years for attempted murder. Michael was on his way back from Istanbul where he had watched Liverpool beat AC Milan for the European league championship title, he decide to stay in Bulgaria for a holiday and while there Michael was arrested. He was mistaken for another Liverpool man Graham Sankey who has since signed a confession to the attack on Martin Georgiev, but Michael is still in jail awaiting an appeal.
If they now know the lad is innocent they should at least release him on bail so he could be with his family. Good luck Michael, the ‘Reds’ are there for you.
CSKA kick-off the first leg in the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia, and Liverpool know they are up against a far stronger opposition than in qualifiers 1 and 2 just as the Liverpool manager Benitez had warned before the match, but in the 24th minute Cisse scores for Liverpool from a through pass from Gerrard. In the 30th minute Morientes heads the ball in the net from a Gerrard free kick to score the Red’s second goal. CSKA pulled one back in the 44th minute to give a score at half time: CSKA Sofia 1 – Liverpool 2
Liverpool kick-off the second half and in the 55th minute Morientes turns on the edge of the 6 yard box and scores Liverpool’s third, again Gerrard was involved. With another match on Saturday (Premiership, Middlesbrough away) Gerrard is rested by being replaced by Sissoko in the 69th minute. An excellent away leg for Liverpool with the final score:
CSKA Sofia 1 – 3 Liverpool
Team: Reina, Warnock, Hyypia , Garragher, Finnan, Riise, Gerrard (capt) (replaced by Sissoko 69 min), Alanso, Garcia, Morientes (30,55) (replaced by Barragan 79 min), Cisse (24)
13th August the English Premier League 2005/6 season started, Liverpool away to Middlesbrough in the Riverside Stadium, kick-off 5.15 pm.
Result: Middlesbrough 0 – 0 Liverpool
Table: 9th – Played: 1 – Won: 0 – Lost: 0 – Draw: 1 – Goal Difference: 0 – Points: 1.
20th August English Premier League, Liverpool at home (Anfield) against Sunderland, kick-off 3.00 pm. (Start delayed for approx 15mins)
Result: Liverpool – 1 (Alonso 23) Sunderland – 0
Table: 6th – Played: 2 – Won: 1 – Lost: 0 – Draw: 1 – Goal Difference: 1 – Points: 4
23rd August second leg of qualifier (3) in the European Champions League, Liverpool at home (Anfield) against CSKA Sofia of Bulgaria, kick-off: 8.05 pm.
Liverpool kicking off to get the game started, and on 15 minutes of play CSKA score a goal and 5 minutes later could have scored another. The old saying ‘Fortress Anfield’ I am afraid no longer applies, as soon as a Liverpool player had the ball a CSKA player was at him, which was not the fact for the Liverpool players , they seemed to want to wait and see what his opponent was going to do with the ball.
Half time score: Liverpool 0 CSKA Sofia 1
CSKA start the second half but Liverpool are soon attacking the Kop end with a powerful shot from Riise, but CSKA are still dangerous when attacking the Liverpool goal. This is not a convincing performance by Liverpool they desperately need a world class goal scorer like Michael Owen, it is time Liverpool bought him back from Real Madrid.
Liverpool fans are the loyalist and best fans in the world, they deserve better from these French and Spanish imported so called strikers.
Final Score: Liverpool 0 CSKA Sofia 1
Aggregate Score Liverpool 3 CSKA Sofia 2
Team: Carson, Finnan, Josemi, Hyypia, Warnock (replaced by Zenden 54 min), Potter (replaced by Garcia 46 min), Hamann, Sissoko, Riise, Cisse (replaced by Pongolle 82min), Moeientes
Now for the group stages of the Champions League and in Monaco on the 25th August Liverpool where drawn in Group G along with Chelsea, Anderlecht and Real Betis
Liverpool's Group G Champions League games
Tuesday, September 13th. Real Betis v Liverpool.
Wednesday, September 28th. Liverpool v Chelsea.
Wednesday, October 19th. Anderlecht v Liverpool.
Tuesday, November 1st. Liverpool v Anderlecht.
Wednesday, November 23rd. Liverpool v Real Betis.
Tuesday, December 6th. Chelsea v Liverpool
All kick-off times are 7.45pm British time.
26th August, The 2005 European Super Cup Final, Liverpool v CSKA Moscow, Kick-off 7.45pm at the Stade Louis II Stadium in Monaco. Liverpool the European Champions take on last seasons UEFA Cup winners CSKA Moscow.
Moscow take the kick- off but Liverpool soon have a hold of the game but again find it hard to hit the net. Then in the 27th minute against the run of play Moscow score. Liverpool should have been two up if only the front two Morientes and Garcia could hit the net, but they are just not good enough. Alonso and Hamann play well in midfield helping Liverpool dominate the first half, but still go in at half time a gaol down.
Half Time: Liverpool 0 – CSKA Moscow 1
Liverpool get the second half underway but it is Moscow who seem to be playing with confidence. Liverpool never looked like scoring until Cisse came on and with his pace ran on to a deflection for a simple tap in, possibly a just result after ninety minutes now extra time will be played
Extra time 15 minutes each way with Moscow kicking off, in the 12th minute Cisse scores his second goal put Liverpool ahead for the first time in the match.
Half time of Extra time: Liverpool 2 CSKA Moscow 1
Liverpool kick-off the remaining 15 minutes (second half of extra time) in the 113th minute Garcia heads in a goal from a cross from Cisse which should win the game but Liverpool foaled and moaned to much at decisions collecting 4 yellow cards which is not the Liverpool way, but Liverpool have another trophy.
Final Whistle: Liverpool 3 CSKA Moscow 1
Team: Reina, Riise (replaced by Cisse 79 min Scores 82 min, 103 min), Carragher (Capt), Hyypia, Josemi, Zenden, Alonso (replaced by Sissoko 70 min), Hamann, Finnan (replaced by Pongolle 55 min), Morientes, Garcia.
(Carragher made captain for the night as Steven Garrard out of the team with a calf injury from the Sunderland game).
30th August it was been announced today that Michael Owen is joining Newcastle United. The ex-Liverpool player who last year wanted to leave Liverpool to play for Real Madrid and this year wanted to return to Liverpool, but Liverpool would not match Newcastle United’s offer to Real Madrid of £16,000,000 of which Real as now accepted.
Liverpool are right in their decision, as it was Owen that wanted to leave last year. I wrote earlier that they need him back but I was thinking only at the price they sold him for (£8,000,000) it would not have been right for Liverpool losing £8,000,000 (if they had matched Newcastle’s offer) on a player who’s judgment last year in leaving Liverpool was flawed.
Hopefully the rumours of Ciise having to go will now fade, he looks the best striker Liverpool has at present. But why Ciise, if it had been Moreientes that had to go, most fans would have understood.
3rd September, no Premier League football played this weekend. The international qualifiers for next years World Cup in Germany are being played, the British Isles results are:
Scotland 1 – 1 Italy
Wales 0 – 1 England
Northern Ireland 2 – 0 Azerbaijan
7th September World Cup Qualifiers
Norway 1 – 2 Scotland
Poland 1 – 0 Wales
Northern Ireland 1 – 0 England
10th September English Premier League, Liverpool away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, kick-off 3.00 pm.
Result: Tottenham Hotspur 0 – 0 Liverpool
Table: 10th – Played: 3 – Won: 1 – Lost: 0 – Draw: 2 – Goals For: 01 - Against: 00 - Goal Difference: +1 – Points: 5.
13th September 7.45pm The European Champions League opening group stage match between Real Betis v Liverpool at the Estadio Manuel Ruiz de Lopera, Seville
Betis get the game started with great support from their noisy fans, but before two minutes scored, Pongolle lobed their goalkeeper from Alonso’s long pass to give Liverpool an early lead. With this good start things should get better and they did in the 13th minute when Garcia scored from a Zenden pass to give Liverpool a second goal. Reina made three good saves to keep out Real Betis, resulting in a half time score of: Real Betis 0 – 2 Liverpool.
Liverpool kick off the second half and within six minutes Betis score from a simple ball that Hyypia failed to clear. Betis were now giving Liverpool a hard time but Liverpool gradually got back more of their composure when Gerrard came on, Liverpool played most of the second half in their own half denying Betis, a good result, 3 points from the first group match and it was away from Anfield, that is more than good, it's great.
Final whistle: Real Betis 1 – 2 Liverpool
Team: Reina, Josemi, Garragher (Capt), Hyypia, Traore, Alonso, Sissoko, Zenden (replaced by Riise 66 min), Crouch (replaced by Cisse 58 min), Pongolle (2 min) (replaced by Gerrard 74 min), Garcia (13 min).
18th September English Premier League: a high noon shoot out between the North West’s two big enemies Liverpool and Manchester United, location Anfield, kick-off 12.00noon.
Result: Liverpool 0 – 0 Manchester United
Table: 10th – Played: 4 – Won: 1 – Lost: 0 – Draw: 3 – Goals For: 01 – Against:: 00 – Goal Difference: 1 – Points: 6.
24th September English Premier League Liverpool away to Birmingham City 12.45pm kick-off.
Result Birmingham City 2 – 2 Liverpool
Table: 13th – Played: 5 – Won: 1 – Lost: 0 – Draw: 4 – Goals For: 03 – Against:: 02 – Goal Difference: +1 – Points: 7.
28th September European Champions League group G match, Liverpool V Chelsea. The European Champions Liverpool take on the English Premier Champions Chelsea, kick-off 7.45pm at Anfield. Chelsea desperate for revenge as Liverpool knocked them out of the Champions League semi-final last year.
Another sell out crowd get the atmosphere right with there rendition of Gerry Marsden’s “You’ll Never Walk Alone” the Liverpool anthem, which is played just before the start of every home game. When the Red’s team entered the arena the noise is deafening with the roar of the Red’s fans.
Chelsea get the game started with kicking-off towards the Kop End, the Liverpool fans still playing their part by cheering and singing the Red’s on, it is no wonder they are known as the best fans in the world.
The first fifteen minutes has been a real battle, no quarter given, in twenty minutes Liverpool should have had a penalty through a foul on Hyypia in the Chelsea penalty area but the Italian referee did not give. Chelsea are not playing the better football but are throwing the fouls in recklessly, but both teams are capable of scoring with Liverpool having more of the chances.
Half time score: Liverpool 0 - 0 Chelsea
Liverpool kick-off the second half towards the Kop end, their favourite end to attack, and that is what Liverpool do attack and attack but Chelsea hold tight. From a corner Garragher heads for goal and a Chelsea player hand balls in front of the referee but no penalty given. Chelsea are just hanging on, Liverpool are just playing the better football, Chelsea seem to be reduced to fouling as they realise Liverpool are on top. Liverpool can be proud of their performance they where the better team. Chelsea with all their expensive players who are supposed to be best that money can buy, they just fouled their way through this match, so well done Liverpool even though it was only a draw morally you won the match.
Final Result: Liverpool 0 – 0 Chelsea
Team: Reina, Finnan, Carragher, Hyypia, Traore, Gerrard (Capt), Hamann, Alonso, Garcia, Cisse (replaced by Pongolle 78 min), Crouch.
2nd October English Premier League, Liverpool at home to Chelsea, last Wednesday’s opponents in the Champions League. Kick-off: Anfield 4.00 pm.
Result: Liverpool 1 – 4 Chelsea
Table: 13th – Played: 6 – Won: 1 – Lost: 1 – Draw: 4 – Goals For: 04 – Against: 06 – Goal Difference: -2 – Points: 7.
8th October no Premier League football again this weekend, more qualifying matches for next years World Cup in Germany. The last qualifying matches played in 4 days time.
British Isles results are:
Scotland 0 – 1 Belarus
England 1 – 0 Austria
Northern Ireland 2 – 3 Wales
12th October the last of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Germany 2006, England have already qualified, a win tonight would put us at the head of the group. Unfortunately Scotland, Northern Ireland nor Wales can qualify; tonight these three teams are playing for pride only.
British Isles results:
Slovenia 0 – 3 Scotland
Austria 1 – 0 Northern Ireland
England 2 – 1 Poland
Wales 2 – 0 Azerbaijan
15th October English Premier League, Liverpool at home (Anfield) this weekends opponents Blackburn Rovers, kick-off 3.00 pm. Liverpool need a win to start climbing the table.
Result: Liverpool 1 – 0 Blackburn Rovers
Table: 12th – Played: 7 – Won: 2 – Lost: 1 – Draw: 4 – Goals For: 05 – Against: 06 – Goal Difference: -1 – Points: 10.
19th October European Champions League group G match, Liverpool away to face the Belgian side Anderlecht in the Vanden Stock, Brussels, kick-off 7.45 pm BST.
Liverpool kick-off to get the game underway, with a good attack followed by a better attack by Anderlecht thankfully saved by Riena, seems both are looking for an early goal. Liverpool under a lot of pressure, but soon settle and create a couple of easy chances but like all season fail to put the ball in the net.
Real end to end stuff with chances both ends, Liverpool having the most shots at goal but cannot hit the target until in the twentieth minute Cisse scores a wonderful goal to put Liverpool in front.
This is such an open game, there must be more goals to come, Liverpool again having chances but no success in going further ahead. Then it is Anderlecht’s turn to have a good spell but also with no success. The whistle blows for halftime thankfully with Liverpool one gaol ahead which should have been more.
Halftime result: Anderlecht 0 – 1 Liverpool
Anderlecht kick-off the second half and straight away put Liverpool under pressure, Traore is replaced by Hannu Tihinen. Liverpool weather the storm from Anderlecht and start to pass the ball around realising they need another goal to put the game out of reach of the Belgians. The noise in the stadium is deafening as the Belgians fans shout on their team, Liverpool need another goal to quieten them down and Cisse misses a sitter that would have done just that, then in the seventy-sixth minute Harry Kewell replaces Cisse
Both teams create good chances to score but Liverpool play out the rest of the game without any change to the score, a good result for the Red’s.
Final Result: Anderlecht 0 – 1 Liverpool
Team: Riena, Traore (replaced by Tihinen 50 min), Hyypia, Carragher, Josemi, Riise (replaced by Warnock 87 min), Hamann, Alonso, Sissoko (replaced by Zenden 82 min), Garcia. Cisse (20 min relaced by Kewell 78 min)
22nd October English Premier League, Liverpool away to Fulham, kick-off 3.00pm at Craven Cottage.
Result: Fulham 2 – 0 Liverpool
Table: 12th – Played: 8 – Won: 2 – Lost: 2 – Draw: 4 – Goals For: 05 – Against: 08 – Goal Difference: -3 – Points: 10.
25th October the League Cup third round tie, Liverpool away to Crystal Palace, kick-off 7.45pm at Selhurst Park.
Result: Crystal Palace 2 – 1 Liverpool
29th October English Premier League, Liverpool at home (Anfield) against West Ham United, kick-off 3.00pm.
Result: Liverpool 2 – 0 West Ham United
Table: 11th – Played: 9 – Won: 3 – Lost: 2 – Draw: 4 – Goals For: 07 – Against: 08 – Goal Difference: -1 – Points: 13.
1st November European League Champions Liverpool take on RSC Anderlecht at Anfield, kick-off 7.45 pm.
Anderlecht get the game under way attacking the Kop end, Liverpool settle after initially making some basic error. The first fifteen minutes chances open up at both ends but, neither team can convert the chances into goals. Sissoko gets a yellow card for a stupid tackle on the centre line, now he will have to be careful for the rest of the match to avoid a red card. The best move of the match so far, Gerrard down the line and crosses to the near post which Crouch just puts wide. Thirty second minute a cross from Finnan Morientes shot hits the goalkeeper the rebound goes to Crouch who‘s shot goes wide. A minute later Morientes controls the ball with his chest and drives the ball into the net, Liverpool 1 Anderlecht 0. The score stays the same at the half time whistle.
Half Time: Liverpool 1 – 0 RSC Anderlecht
Liverpool get the second half underway by attacking their favourite end The Kop, and straight away have a chance to go further ahead. Morientes replaced by Zenden on the 51 minute mark. The 61st minute Finnan crosses the ball into the penalty area Garcia meets it beautifully with his head to score a brilliant goal putting Liverpool 2 up. Since the second half started Liverpool have had this game under control, but Riise was lucky not to give a penalty away. Anderlecht’s Jestrovic receives a red card from the referee and sent off which no one but the referee understands.
78th minute Kewell replaces Steven Gerrard. In the 88th minute Cisse make the third goal look easy with a smart sleek finish which brings the fans into song with You’ll Never Walk Alone and chanting We Are The Champions until the end of the game.
Result: Liverpool 3 – 0 Anderlecht
.Team: Reina, Riise, Hyypia, Carragher, Finnan, Garcia (61 min), Alanso, Sissoko, Gerrard (Capt) replaced by Kewell 78 min), Morientes 33 min (replaced by Zenden 51 min), Crouch (replaced by Cisse 71 min (88 min)).
Champions League group G Table:
1 Liverpool Played 4, Won 3, Draw 1, Lost 0, For 6, Against 1 Goal diff 5, Points 10.
2 Chelsea Played 4, Won 2, Draw 1, Lost 1, For 5, Against 1 Goal diff 4, Points 7.
3 Real Betis Played 4, Won 2, Draw 0, Lost 2, For 3, Against 6 Goal diff -3, Points 6.
4 Anderlecht Played 4, Won 0, Draw 0, Lost 4, For 0, Against 6 Goal diff -6, Points 0
2nd November the referee stated after Liverpool’s match yesterday, Anderlecht’s Jestrovic received the red card for racial abuse against Sissoko.