duminică, 27 iulie 2008


HONORARY FELLOWSHIP FOR STEVIE G Jimmy Rice 21 July 2008 Steven Gerrard is to receive an Honorary Fellowship from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) in recognition of his services to sport. The Fellowship will be conferred on July 25 during a graduation ceremony at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Professor Michael Brown, who is vice-chancellor at LJMU, said: "Steven epitomises the university philosophy of 'Dream, Plan, Achieve'. "As a young boy he excelled in the sport he loves and ensured his talent was recognised, looking upon challenges as opportunities and pursuing each available avenue. "As a result he has become one of the best sportsmen in the country, if not the world, with a reputation for integrity both on and off the pitch. "As a prominent sporting figure and a son of the city, it is fitting that LJMU, an international leader in sports and exercise science and a major contributor to Liverpool's success and growth, should award Steven with this Honorary Fellowship. "We are delighted to welcome him into the university family." Gerrard, whose achievements on the pitch have already earned him an MBE, added: "I am very proud to become a Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. "Not only has LJMU done so much for this city and the people of Liverpool but it has given the science of football international credibility. It is an honour to be recognised with this award."

joi, 1 mai 2008

Stevie:"It just wasn't to be"


A proud Steven Gerrard today reflected on Liverpool's narrow failure to reach Moscow and admitted: "It just wasn't meant to be."
Despite the 3-2 defeat on the night at Stamford Bridge, the Reds' skipper insists there were plenty of positives to take from the display - even though it will be Chelsea and not Liverpool who travel to take on Manchester United in this season's final. "It just wasn't to be," he said. "Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and admit it wasn't your night. "We gave it absolutely everything and I was as proud to be captain of the team last night as I have ever been. "Even after going behind we kept on fighting and looking to get back into the game and when we managed to do that it looked like we could even go on and win it. "Like I said, it wasn't to be, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. You have to give Chelsea credit, they are a good side – you don't get through to European Cup finals unless you are. "We've all got to look forward because it's never easy to lose a game like this. We were all desperate to win the European Cup again, especially for our fans, who were magnificent again last night. "The backing they gave us was incredible and we're just gutted that we could not repay their support by getting through to the final. "But there is no point in looking back or thinking of what might have been. We have to look forward because we have to go into next season looking to improve again. "Hopefully, we will go into next season with a stronger squad because that could make a big difference, particularly when we're playing in games like last night's. "And if we can bottle the disappointment we're feeling right now it could be a big motivation for us."

joi, 24 aprilie 2008


Liverpool will have to put their Champions League dream to one side as they bid to confirm fourth place in the Premier League at relegation threatened Birmingham City.

The Reds moved eight points clear of closest rivals Everton courtesy of last Saturday's 2-0 win at Fulham and one more victory for Rafael Benitez's side would completely guarantee the fourth and final Champions League berth.

Benitez has already admitted he will look to make full use of his squad in the last three league matches of the season and knows that even a point would make it almost impossible for the Toffees to overturn their advantage, given our superior goal difference.

While the Reds will no doubt have one eye on the Champions League second leg at Chelsea, Birmingham go into the contest knowing that it is a must-win game if they are retain any hope of survival.

Alex McLeish's side were humiliated 5-1 at Aston Villa in the Birmingham derby last time out and are currently one point from safety.

But the former Scotland boss will be looking for an immediate response from his players and Liverpool will have to be on their guard if they are to secure fourth before the final two matches of the season.

miercuri, 23 aprilie 2008

Incredibil, ce autogol Riise! Liverpool - Chelsea 1-1

Fanii de pe Anfield Road se pregateau sa sarbatoreasca victoria lui Liverpool, cind a venit socul, minunea pentru Chelsea, cosmarul pentru gazde! In al 5-lea minut de prelungire, Kalou a centrat de pe stinga, Riise i-a luat fata lui Anelka si a vrut sa respinga cu capul, dar a lovit mingea in directia opusa, trimitind-o, spre stupefactia lui Reina, in proprie poarta! 1-1!

Dupa o prima repriza foarte strinsa, in care The Reds au avut initiativa, si ocaziile mari irosite (Kuyt si Torres), si golul lui Kuyt (pornit de la o eroare a lui Lampard), Chelsea si-a revenit, echilibrind jocul. Citeva actiuni cursive au creat pericol la poarta lui Reina, iar in minutul 68 Malouda a ratat o sansa uriasa de egalare. Singur in careu, l-a intors pe Arbeloa, dar a ezitat si Mascherano i-a deviat sutul in corner. Apoi, la poarta cealalta, Cech a scos incredibil, de sub bara, bomba lui Gerrard, reactionind perfect si in fata lui Torres. Pentru ca, in ultimele secunde ale prelungirilor, sa cada bomba. Autogolul stupid al lui Riise. 1-1. Cine va merge la Moscova? Chelsea e favorita acum, insa Gerrard si Torres nu si-au spus ultimul cuvint.