September 20th, 2009



Steven Gerrard believes strike-partner Fernando Torres put any critics in their place with a match-winning display at Upton Park on Saturday.
The Spanish ace was criticised in some quarters before the West Ham clash despite scoring three goals in six games.

Two more in London on Saturday helped Liverpool to another three points, and Gerrard said: "He's been playing okay to me.

"Those are the standards he's set. If he has one game where he doesn't score or he's below his level then everyone is looking at his form.

"That's the criticism you get when you're a top player, but he was certainly on fire here and got two superb goals for us."

Dirk Kuyt scored Liverpool's other in a 3-2 win after the faintest of touches on Gerrard's goalbound header.

The skipper joked: "It was going in anyway. Dirk scores enough goals, so I want it."

Victory elevated Liverpool back into the top four ahead of a titanic Sunday of action, with the Manchester derby being followed by Tottenham versus Chelsea.

Gerrard added: "We can enjoy Sunday now. It was important we got our three points in the bag as the sides above us are going to drop points.

"We controlled the game football-wise and we are happy about how we played.

"We are building confidence slowly and we're certainly playing better now than we were at the beginning of the season when the two defeats were a bit of a blow.

"We've recovered and hopefully we can go on a long run of results now."

Also Nando wants an England v Spain WCF
'If I could play against a friend like him that would be great, because whatever happens one of us will be a winner.'

The wag but no so wag-ish released her video bitches






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Update on our favourite foreigners

Zlatan gives his first (?) non-English interview to the Spanish press
...except he responds in Italian even though the reporter questions him in Español!

(don't forget to check out his golazo at 0:25)

In other news, Liverpool's #9 is continuing to adapt quickly to life in England. My Spanish teacher always told us that there are two things you need to know before fully learning a language:

1) How to laugh at jokes and 2) How to use profanity!

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pele vs maradona volume 15??

Cheeky Pele dismisses Diego Maradona's claim to be world's best ever footballer

Pele has reignited his feud with Diego Maradona in an entertaining interview with the Spanish media.

While humbly dismissing his own claims to be the world's greatest player, he also dismissed those of his Argentine rival, claiming Maradona couldn't be considered as 'he couldn't kick well with his right foot and he didn't score headed goals.'

Then, with a rhetorical flourish which will endear him to England fans still smarting from Maradona's 'Hand of God' goal in the 1986 World Cup quarter-final, Pele added: 'The only important headed goal that Maradona ever scored was scored with his hand!'

Pele's vote for the greatest ever? Real Madrid's Argentine Alfredo de Stefano.

Babel gets some love

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Fernando Torres paid tribute to the impact of Ryan Babel after the Dutchman came off the bench to supply him with the winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 victory at West Ham.

El Nino was the talk of the Capital after taking his tally to five league goals for the season with a double against the Hammers - but he was quick to shrug off his heroics by praising his teammate's contribution to the Reds' third successive league triumph.

"Everyone knows Ryan is a fantastic player," said Torres.

"He played on the right wing and he gave me a fantastic cross which was easy for me to attack the ball and score. It is easy for a striker when the cross is as good as that.

"He is a player with quality who can do things like this, so without Ryan I couldn't have scored. It's thanks to him I could score the goal to win it for us.

"We knew before the game that this was a difficult place to come and win. West Ham are a very good team at home but we got the win.

"We played really well and we deserved it. We need to keep playing like this and keep working hard, because when every player plays well and works so hard then it's difficult for any team to beat Liverpool."

After a lively start to proceedings Torres broke the deadlock with a sensational solo goal at Upton Park.

He admits he was pleased with his first strike of the evening and now hopes that there will be many more to follow for the remainder of the season.

"My mind was to try to cross it as soon as possible because I was on my left foot," he said. "I was looking for a teammate but I didn't see anyone so I just kept going and managed to score, which was nice for me but more important for the team.

"West Ham kept coming back at us but we managed to get the third goal and we have to be happy.

"I hope there will be many more goals. I know when I'm working hard they will arrive so I have to keep working hard all the time for the team."

The victory over the Hammers moves Liverpool up to third in the table and Torres feels his team are beginning to rekindle the winning mentality that saw them finish second last season.

"We have to keep winning games which is the main thing but the next target is to keep more clean sheets," he said.

"That will be good for the team and good for Pepe. We have to improve and keep more clean sheets."
Took a while to find the clip to make it but here's a gif of the 'fucking wanker' angry Nando :)

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Why Massimo Bussaca is the hottest ref

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Swiss referee Massimo Busacca has apologised for sticking his finger up at fans who insulted him during a Swiss Cup match between third division FC Baden and first division Young Boys on Saturday.

"I let myself get provoked by the verbal insults of the fans and was dragged down to making an unsporting gesture," said Busacca in a statement on the Swiss Football Federation website.

Busacca, 40, who refereed last season's Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United, has been an international referee for 10 years and officiated at the last World Cup.

Spotted @ DirtyTackle

mini picspam honouring the sexiest referee in football

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This guy needs to come out with his own line of whistles or something. I'd buy them in crates