Kuyt saves Liverpool blushes

2009-02-22 19:36

London - Liverpool suffered another blow to their Premier League title hopes as a scrappy 1-1 home draw with Manchester City on Sunday left leaders Manchester United seven points clear.

Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy's heavily deflected shot after 51 minutes looked as if it would condemn Rafael Benitez's side to a first home league defeat of the season before Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt's late equaliser.

Liverpool, who face Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday, have now drawn six home matches in the league this season and their chances of a first league title since 1990 appear to be fading fast.

With 12 games remaining they are in second place with 55 points to United's 62 after the champions clocked up a 10th consecutive league victory at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday. Third-placed Chelsea have 52 points.

West Bromwich Albion remain bottom of the table after going down 2-0 at Fulham while Newcastle United, also in need of points, host Everton later on Sunday.

With talisman Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso both missing in midfield because of injury, Liverpool created next to nothing against a City side with only one away league win all season.

Albert Riera wasted Liverpool's only real chance in the opening half when he dragged a shot wide and seven minutes after the break Anfield was silenced by Welsh striker Bellamy who Benitez felt was surplus to requirements in 2007.

Brazilian striker Robinho was involved in the move that finally saw the ball reach Bellamy whose shot flew into the net off Alvaro Arbeloa.

Kuyt equalised after 78 minutes when he stabbed in Fernando Torres's scuffed attempt. Liverpool could have snatched an unlikely victory through Yossi Benayoun.


  • RyanGiggs - 2009-02-22 20:32

    Did Fools really think they were title contenders? Lmao. They not comeback kings but Draw Kings. All those drawing lessons from Rafa is paying rich dividends.

  • Keith - 2009-02-23 08:10

    The "Pool fans might recall my cooment of last week when I said that "Pool were merely wannabe's. Still denying the truth?

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-23 08:24

    Wow, what a season, I think all fools should fire their crystal ball tellers. Season is going down South, same place Rafa's contract is going.... Ohhhhh well, we cant expect to be seeing you in the FA Cup nor the league cup, suppose we will have to focus on watching you implode in the Champs League

  • Man4Life - 2009-02-23 08:59

    Well, what to say, what to say......hmmm.....shew im speechless.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-23 08:59

    fools should try to win more at home first before trying to win the league!!! 6 draws at Anfield?.......that doesnt look like a championship side!!! Keep it up Liverfool at this rate the League will be in our Cabinet in two weeks time!!! Glory Glory Man United!!! Wheres ''The Kop'' with his smart comments now?

  • Nazeem - 2009-02-23 09:12

    I think the Kop has his 'Kop' buried somewhere in the sand in shame.... I can't believe I am not seeing a single Loserfool fan comment here.... Where have they all gone?? I wonder..... :-)

  • Shaheen - 2009-02-23 09:32

    Funny.... where's all the Kop followers now? Not a single post from a Liverpool fan? Have they finally come to the realisation that United will equal 18 League titles this season? Don't see them posting here about "March the 14th"? The title race is over, by that time we'll be around 12 points clear of Liverpool and there'll be no contest. Oh and they'll still lose at Old Trafford! :P

  • the kop - 2009-02-23 09:57

    morning gents....what can i say.........utd has the title in their hands....6 draws not good enough.....utd are playing the best ball in europe. just very sad to see lfc have so much of the ball and not finish city off. and not only city but all the teams we drew with this season. I believe rafa has brought us forward from the time he has been with lfc.but he needs more dept in the team. the league is utds to throw away now.

  • Red Devil for life. - 2009-02-23 10:01

    I don't think the KOp knows what to say about Rafa's accomplishments today. Not after their pathetic showing yesterday! All their fans are walking alone today!

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-23 11:15

    well said The Kop, another 'Pool fan here. We really played bad yesterday. Sure, Manure were lucky on Sat, but they still managed to get the 3 points. We really missed Alonso yesterday. Our 2 most creative couldn't play & who does he put, AGAIN, LUCAS !! FFS, the oke is hopeless - he already cost us points in the league & got us out of the FA Cup this season, but yet he persists with him ! Even tho' we didn't deserve this win, big up to Shay Given - 2 brilliant saves that saved MUFC. The title is Manure's to lose - even if we beat Manure @ Old Toilet, they still will have to drop points somewhere along the line & we would have to win all our games. BUT, we hope, as still almost a 1/3 of the season to play

  • Ryan - 2009-02-23 11:30

    The Liverpool fans are right here Shaneen, the weird thing is how all the united fans always post comments aimed at Liverpool... Seriously, every week its the same! I never see comments about Chelsea or Arsenal, the only two sides to keep united from the title in recent years, its always Liverpool. No matter what happens each week its all you guys can talk about... Why can't you just be happy that your team is playing so well? It can only be that despite all of man united's success the fans are, and always will be, jealous of the history that Liverpool has. And if i'm wrong, then none of you would be bothered to put your comments here... Even if Liverpool don't win the league, don't EVER think that we would stop supporting them!!!

  • Nazeem - 2009-02-23 11:52

    We love pulling the mickey out of you guys Ryan... You guys are so predictable! Like a wind up toy which buzzes away when wound up even in the slightest!! Hahahaha... Quite a laugh... But seriously, to the Kop and others who commented in a similar vein, lets stick a hand out as a good gesture since you guys are big enough to admit defeat... Good to know we can express our views and still be fellow soccer supporters (irrespective of which club we support) at the end of the day... Have a great day gents...

  • Shaheen - 2009-02-23 12:33

    @Ryan: Hehe, that's what bitter rivalry is all about and I enjoy it! Yes if United loses we have to just suck it up and take the "abuse", that's just how it works. When the chips are down you let the opposition know who's on top. No disrespect to the Gunners and Chelsea fans, but the two most famous clubs in England just happen to be age old rivals as well, and that is Manchester United and Liverpool. And I don't have to be jealous of Liverpool's history, coz United have a rich history as well, So what about 5 Champions Leagues, United were the first Brittish team to conquer Europe (and we have 3 now). Who's to say we can't level Champions League trophies as well, seeing that we're on course for 18 League titles now? 11 FA cups, the most by the way, and yes unlike Liverpool who play all out for the League Cup, United actually used that competition to groom youngsters, hence we didn't win that nearly every year in the 90's.

  • Anonymous User - 2009-02-23 13:32

    RYAN! we are not jealous of anything that your club has and will never be cos as every season draws to a close United get closer to equalling and eventually overtaking your clubs records! We love commenting about Liverpool bcos of guys like you and 'the kop' who are always keen to pump your mouths before the wkends games but end up silent on a monday morning cos your team DREW ANOTHER GAME AT HOME!!! Get over it already your team was in the driving seat and they choked under the pressure from the Greatest team in England,Europe and the World.......and we are happy that our team is doin well and its only rite that we comment about LFCs failure cos it seems that you are BLIND to that fact!!! . i wish you guys good luck in the Champs League concentrate on that since it looks like you have already handed the league to United!!! Fred the Red Devil!!!

  • Ryan - 2009-02-24 07:46

    Well maybe other people go on before games about what Liverpool are gonna do, but I haven't. I have been hopeful of course but there's no argument as to who's been the better team... All those games undefeated and without conceding, compared to all those draws, yes you do deserve to be leading the table again. I guess with such a rivalry we have to shots at each other! (I know about the rich history United has...) Anyway, i never did like "the special one", so i hope you humble Inter Milan

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