Wednesday, March 07, 2007

We'll win it six times

Here's one to astound and baffle my soccer-ignoramus readers.

Last night I was utterly engrossed in, and then ecstatically celebrated, a magnificent 1-0 loss by my favourite football team.

That's right, a magnificent 1-0 loss.

Even the new Yank owner got it.

Liverpool certainly made an impression on their new owners, who bought a 62 per cent stake in the club last month.

“It was my first time to Anfield and everything I’d heard was true,” Hicks said. “It was a special night for all the fans, a wonderful occasion. I’d heard so much about the fans, but that was spectacular. I’ve seen a lot of sporting events all around the world, but nothing that comes close to that.”

12 comments:

Gordon McCabe said...

Jeez, that was a difficult match to watch though! We really need someone to start scoring goals again. Kuyt looks appalling now, no touch at all: he can't receive, retain, or pass the ball. And where have Gerrard's shooting boots gone?

Brit said...

But he 'works very hard for the team'. The old Heskey routine.

I love matches where Liverpool are the underdog and have to grind it out with the old 'two banks of four'.

I find them less stressful than being morally obliged to piss on the likes of Charlton with beautiful flowing football.

Peter Burnet said...

So the American owner who has invested millions in the team's future assures us it was all very exciting. Yep, that's what we lawyers call slamdunk evidence.

Brit said...

Well, it would be strange indeed if he were not impressed by the atmosphere generated by 45,000 noisy scousers in a night game against the best club side in the world.

Gordon McCabe said...

There was a match early in 2002, where Liverpool went to Old Trafford after failing to win in 10 games or something. We defended against the first half onslaught from Man Utd, wore them down, and then Danny Murphy scored a goal in the final quarter of the game. Now, that was fun!

Should never have sold Danny boy.

Brit said...

The classic Houllier method. The treble in 2001 was won almost entirely by mugging better teams with the backs-to-the-wall spoiler approach.

Duck said...

Congrats! I wish you many more such triumphs!

Brit said...

Duck: to clarify, we did win, even though we lost.

joe shropshire said...

Peter: the American owner just saw 45,000 noisy sousers pay up to -- can this be right? -- two hundred quid per ticket before they downed their first pint, just to watch their team lose. Er, win. He's happy enough.

erp said...

brit, you're obviously a convert to the McAuliffe/Carville/Begala school of winning/losing. If you win, you win, and if you don't win, you win.

Duck said...

He's in his happy place, let him be!

Ali said...

In Champions League football, games are played home and away. Liverpool had already beaten Barcelona in Spain by 2 goals to 1.

If after both games, the teams have scored an equal number of goals against each other, the team which has scored more goals away from home wins the round.

Barcelona beat Liverpool 1-0 in England. Since Liverpool has two away goals, they went through.

Thus they won over the two games played even if they lost the last one. So tactical loss, strategic victory and baseball caps firmly planted straight ahead.