2) SUNDAY AUGUST 26TH LIVERPOOL (AWAY) KO 4PM SKY
Their last promotion was in 1962, since when they’ve won the lot but no title since 1990, but their last pot was the Carling Cup in 2012. Most recent connection : Craig Bellamy, now departed. It’s the 153rd Lg meeting.
Last season in November it was a 1-1 draw at Anfield, City going ahead through Vince the Prince (31) but a Lescott deflection 2 minutes later gave ‘Pool the equaliser. Reina could’ve gone for handling the ball outside the box, and Mario was sent off for next to nothing. Joe Hart saved us. Crowd was 45,071 with 2964 Blues.
Then in early January we won 3-0 at The Etihad, Aguero (10) foxing Reina, Ya ya Toure (33) Milner (75 pen) Barry was sent off. Crowd was 47,331 (2685 red scouse).
Then in the Carling Cup semi first leg we lost 1-0 to a Gerrard penalty (13) third home game on the trot so only 36,017 there with 5,850 red scouse.
In the return leg at Anfield we went ahead through De Jong (31) but they equalised through a Gerrard pen (40) Dowd not spotting that the ball ricocheted off Micah’s knee before hitting his hand, which he later apologised for. Dzekp put is ahead (67) but we couldn’t hang on and after sloppy defensive work from Lescott, Bellamy (74) – who else - equalised to put us out, cruelly, Crowd was 44,590 with 6131 Blues, which their turnstiles couldn’t cope with.
They finished in a disappointing 8th place with 52 points and 6 wins 5 draws and 4 losses at home, but won the Carling Cup on penalties v Cardiff, and lost the FA Cup final 2-1 to Chelsea.
This season so far : They look to be successfully manouvring through the Europa play off games, and have just beaten the mighty Hearts away thanks to an own goal!
Last week they lost 3-0 at West Brom, but Suarez missed a host of chances that surely Carroll would’ve put away. City targets Agger and Skirtel didn’t impress and Aggerdooo is suspended for tomorrows game. Mario, apparently told Borini that Anfield would be a good place for him to go to!?
Form in Liverpool : Prior to last season’s draw, we lost 3-0 in 2011, drew 2-2 in 2009/10 and 1-1 in 2008/09, but after our rare 2-1 win in 2002/03 it was 5 straight losses.
Comment : Kenny was fired in the summer and Brendan Rodgers brought in from Swansea so big expectations today on their first Prem lrague home game.
We’ve generally struggled at Liverpool, Carroll has always been a threat, and he’s still there, plus Suarez is a star, tho’ tainted by the Evra situation. Roberto must have learned from our recent visits and it really is time we did the business here.
Justice for the 96.
Groundwise it’s just the same and we’re in our usual stand, and ticket prices are £48, despite diabolical views at the back of the stand!
Anfield : Capacity : 45,362 (3,000 for City)
Wwtwtwshite : Av’d 22,742 in 31/32, and last season it was 44,253.
Parking is usually a problem, but the Arkles pub is always welcoming provided we behave ourselves
Sat Nav L4 0TH
KK199 is well on and should be at the printers this week to be out for the QPR home game with a bit of luck.
Otherwise Adam J has gone to Sunderland and no other signings have been made. So much for our success in winning the title and being in the Champs league. We missed out on Cahill in January and have just lost out on Hazard and RVP who've gone to our nearest rivals. Typical City!