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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Liverpool 3-0 Anderlecht

It’s hardly a surprise Liverpool waited for another European night to turn on the style, as it seems their habit of late. Still after a fairly solid performance against West Ham, this fairly comfortable 3-0 will have done them a power of good.

Morientes and Crouch both missed a few chances, but were at least there to take them – and the way the former took his goal, he didn’t look like a striker on a barren run. The defence were solid, with the full backs getting forward well, and Garcia scoring another impressive goal.

The introduction of Cisse to exploit inevitable space in the Anderlecht defence made perfect sense. I was happy to see him score – straight through the ‘keeper’s legs, suggesting either he can place the ball after all, or at least that he’s lucky – both handy qualities! Several times I thought he linked up quite well with Kewell too, which is sign of a promising relationship we’d only seen glimpses of before.

Of course, it was perfect. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that Chelsea’s shock defeat – while always nice – means it isn’t quite job done. That’s a shame, I was hoping we’d be able to concentrate on domestic football, and maybe even blood some youngsters in our last two group games. As it is, a point at home to Betis should do it – or if we lose to them, then we’d travel to Stamford Bridge needing a win but knowing we could eliminate Chelsea – an enticing prospect, but not one I want to rely on…

Best not to worry too much about results elsewhere. 3-0 was a good performance tonight, putting us in a good position – clear above Chelsea in a league table for the first time in a while!

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