Up for the Cup

  • What a week of cup football for Liverpool, first they secured their place in the carling cup final with a superb display against Manchester City and just when they thought it couldn't get any better , they defeated Manchester United yesterday in the 4th round of FA Cup. It must be difficult for Liverpool supporters and Kenny Dalglish to understand why their team cannot seem to reproduce their Cup performances in the Premier League? Only a week ago Liverpool lost 3-1 away at Bolton with a performance that led to some stinging criticism from Kenny Dalglish But, for now, the thought of appearing at Wembley for the first time in sixteen years and putting one over their fierce rivals will mean a buoyant atmosphere around Anfield for the foreseeable future.

     

    The issue of when a player is in an offside position was raised again today when Sunderland had a goal ruled out because Conor Wickham was standing in an off side position from Craig Gardner goal bound shot. The rule of when a player is active or inactive is a minefield but on this occasion the referee & assistant referee got it spot on. Gardner Shot at goal, Wickham was centre goal and tried to react to the shot to deflect it in...He missed but the shot went in! He Sunderland players went mad but the Referee stood his ground, it was the right decision.

     

    David de Gea came in for some more criticism in Manchester United’s defeat yesterday. He got no help from his defenders in dealing with Liverpool’s corner kick for the first goal and he was left exposed, again, from Andy Carroll’s flick on for Dirk Kuyt to volley low for Liverpool’s second. The problem De Gea is facing is the minute scrutiny of everything he does in a game and for every goal Manchester United concede, it must feel like the weight of the world is on his shoulders both before he runs out onto the pitch and especially after United have lost a game ,like yesterday. He is obviously going to need longer to adapt to the demanding physical nature of English football but he has a manager who has dealt with all these types of situations a million times before and De Gea should put his trust and fate in the hands of Sir Alex

     

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