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Liverpool lead League table

2009-05-09 20:43

London - Liverpool kept the pressure on Manchester United by returning to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-0 win over West Ham on Saturday.

Two goals from Steven Gerrard and a late strike by substitute Ryan Babel lifted Rafael Benitez's side into pole position on the strength of their superior goal difference.

But United remain strong favourites to close out a third consecutive domestic triumph.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side, who face Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday, will be champions again if they take seven points from their remaining four matches.

With games against Wigan and Arsenal on Wednesday and next Saturday respectively, United could have wrapped up their 18th English title by the time Liverpool next play, at West Brom on May 17.

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Comments
  • Junior - 2009-05-10 08:58

    Liverpool must enjoy while it last, perhaps Man United should have borrowed them a tittle for few hours,because come next week the tittle will be gone.

  • IAN - 2009-05-10 13:54

    come on guys who yuo kidding go united go

  • Breezo LFC - 2009-05-11 08:47

    Teams like United get gifted wins & extra points whereas Liverpool score legit goals thta get disallowed. The goal Gerrard scored against Stoke early in the season was legit. Thats 3 points robbed from us. That means the table would look different. Face it Man U are on top because of luck & diving, not because of skill.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 09:16

    Ag shame Breezo, let me guess Liverpool should have already wrapped up the league by now. Would have, should have could have - maybe next year will be Liverpool's year (again). I am sick and tired of hearing all of these excuses from the LFC supporters - now suddenly the fate of the premiership hinges on one disallowed that should have been allowed. The fact of the matter is that bad, dubious, debatable decisions are all part of the game - I am sure that your argument is used each and everyone on the teams in the premiership can claim victim to this argument. Let me not even try to remind you of a few critical dubious decisions that went Liverpool's way that could have, should have, would have, ought to have went the other way. Grow up man, and face up to the reality that your team is going to be trophyless again this year - you should be used to it by now!!!

  • Nazeem - 2009-05-11 09:35

    I know I can rely of the Liverpool column for a good Monday morning laugh.... I mean 'Liverpool lead league table'... What a short sighted headline... The author must support Liverpool... :-) Rafa and the rest must really be praying hard....

  • Identico - 2009-05-11 09:51

    To (Breezo LFC) Why is it that whenever Liverpool loses you have to make stupid excuses for your loss? Manchester have dominated the league and will continue to dominate. Perhaps if you Liverpool Supporters stop complianing Liverpool might just win a league title. But they will have to settle for another season without any silverware. Seems like you all have become exactly like Mr. Benitez. Just another complainer. MAN United for Life!!!!!!

  • Shaheen - 2009-05-11 10:43

    Are the Liverpool fans gonna cry again now? So called lucky wins, penalties, goals that United have gained this season? Stop being so childish, and come to the realisation that Liverpool had a clear advantage while United were away on World Club Championship duties, BUT in typical fashion, they drew vital matches against teams of lesser opposition. United had plenty of ground to make up since then, and did so in typical United fashion, overhauling log leaders (whether it be Arsenal, Chelsea, Newcastle and this season Liverpool) during the Xmas/New Years period, otherwise known as the make or break period in the Premiership. That's where Liverpool lost their impetus. The thrashing at Old Trafford, followed by the shock defeat at Fullham served as severe wake up calls for United, and they have responded with 6 wins in a row since then, and their form is looking more ominous by the match. So what if Liverpool win teams 2-0, 3-0, 4-0? Does that justify winning the league? Or having lost the least matches? Check the "Draws" tally and that's where the problem was this season. Rafa was far too over cautious and not dictating to the opposition from the word go. He's realised that too late in the season (because they were chasing and had NO OTHER CHOICE but to play all out attacking football, hence the big score lines of late. Ironically this has been Liverpool's best season for quite some time but it's gonna end without any silverware. Perhaps they should make a set of "4-1 at Old Trafford" medals for all to cherish? Nevertheless, they've had a huge improvement this season, and let's see if they can win the league next season... "next season"... no where did I hear that before?..... Anyways, having said all that, it has been a great season, anything can still happen (as Liverpool fans now become Wigan fans, and then Arsenal supporters). BUT, the League may just be decided this Saturday, 4 points left to clinch the coveted 18th Premier League title.

  • Shankly's Kin - 2009-05-11 12:39

    How come there's more Mancs commenting here than Scousers?? Is our better goal difference scaring you guys? Its not over yet you know. I know advantage lays with you, but it aint over yet. And Shaheen, what r you talking about Rafa being too "Cautious"?? Not much has changed since those games. The only difference being the balls going into the back of the net. In most of those draws, bsides 2 or maybe 3 where we were really bad, we dominated the game and had most shots on target, and not to mention being denied by the post and crossbar on numerous occasions. Don't just look at the result and comment if you haven't seen all the games. Look at the bigger picture. Fair enough, the league table don't lie, but don't accuse our gaffer of changing tactics when not really much has changed. The formation still remains the same, the way we move the ball around still remains the same, and the spine of the team still remains the same. So stop smoking on the cheap stuff.

  • Carlsberg - 2009-05-11 13:06

    Shaheen, we have nothing to cry about, its been a really great season for Liverpool regardless of the inevitable 2nd place finish. There's no shame in having only 2 defeats and scoring the most goals along the way to what is our best points tally since last winning the title. The "4-1 medal" thing is a bit low man...

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 14:15

    You would think that the man united supporters would by now be used to winning but they still act like little kids who have won something for the first time. They have not learnt to be gracious champions. Please guys learn from your coach, he will as always praise Liverpool after the final whistle (for man united fans : this means when the season ends) as a great team who forced united to start playing as champions. If you become gracious winners them maybe the rest of the football world would recognise your feats as legit and not luck. It is because of your arrogance as the only team in the world that we do not respect you. I hope for your sake that you do not only end up with the league cup which is still entirely possible. "the world club champs is not a real tournament it is like the charity shield so it does not count as a trophy.

  • Shaheen - 2009-05-11 14:42

    Shankly's Kin, maybe I should've phrased it better. Yes the team is still the same, together with the formation and everything else, apart from one thing... the mentality to grab a game by the scruff of the neck. All too many times in the recent past, it seemed as though there was a contentment with settling for a draw and secure a point, instead of going "gung ho" in pursuit of all 3 points. What's different this season, compared to last?... Gerrard... This season he is allowed to play his natural game. (We all know what a class player he is - that's no secret... whether you hate or love Liverpool). Previous seasons he was too deep or defensive, on occasions wasted on the right hand side of midfield etc. However, this season he was allowed to link up with Torres more frequently and it's true to say that it may have been a different picture had the pair been fit regularly. That's part of the deal, we had Ronaldo out early in the season (and he's bagged 26 goals - not bad for a somewhat indifferent season). The point I'm trying to make is that yes, Liverpool have taken massive strides forward this season. Another quality finisher in front of goal and genuine wingers would be of utmost importance. PS: I'm not always a basher gents, sometimes emotions get the better of me :P.

  • Red Blooded - 2009-05-11 16:45

    Ag man... Liverpool are useless and will never win anything while Manchester United play in the same competition. Every year its always an excuse as to why u guys never win anything. Face the reality. U okes are a joke ! Put two bob in and try again. I have a better chance of winning the lotto than Liverpool winning the league.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-05-11 17:37

    all i can say is that the liverpool ar#es r burning that we will win a 3 in a row league championship, and yes an 18th PL title. All the moans, groans and excuses in the world addS up for nothing as United PROVE their dominance in England and Europe. Bow down mister to a team that makes Liverpool look inferior since the inception of the premier league. And now we hear another sickening story about Toro and Stevie, makes for blowing only hot air just like Benitez. Win something guys, and then blow how much u want to, otherwise keep your Big Mouths shut just like Benitez is doing now. Go MAN Go! ManUtd 4Life.

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