Thursday, April 14, 2011
Andy Carroll finally proved his worth to Liverpool against Manchester City on Monday night. In his fourth full game for the Reds, the giant Geordie scored two brilliant goals underlining his potential and ability as a big-game player. The goals showcased Carroll's talents and strengths, a lethally accurate left foot and superb heading ability. I have not forgotten that powerful shot he scored from against Dalglish's Reds at St. James Park in December last year.
Carroll was frightening in the first half when the damage was done. Manchester City was left shell-shocked by the early onslaught from Liverpool and could not keep pace with the Reds. Unlike against West Brom away, Liverpool swarmed forward at every opportunity, Meireles, Spearing and Kuyt were taking up good positions at the edge of the box to keep the pressure on City. That pressure kept City on the back foot and helped Liverpool maintain the upper hand.
Despite early season struggles, Liverpool have been fairly consistent against current top five sides in the Premiership this season. They amassed a respectable 13 points from a possible 24 points. In contrast, Arsenal seems to be the poorest, only collecting seven points from a possible 21. This further fuels the opininon that Arsenal players lack the mental toughness to excel in big games and therefore will end the season once more without any silverware. Arsenal welcomes Liverpool to the Emirates this Sunday, needing a win to keep pace with runaway leaders, Manchester United. Pepe Reina should be motivated to make amends for his goalkeeping howler on opening day.
The losses against Blackburn (away), West Ham (away), Wolves (home!), West Brom (away) and Blackpool (home & away!!) have hurt Liverpool's ambition of gaining back their established reputation as a top four Premiership side. That's 18 points lost and definitely away form against inferior opposition is something that King Kenny must strive to put right. A more attacking mentality away from home could see a change in fortunes for Liverpool.
Andy Carroll's departure to Liverpool have meant that Newcastle are now struggling for goals but Tic watches have stumbled upon a niche in the watch market. The already popular Designer watch brand, ICE WATCH had a surge in sales of BLACK AND WHITE variants of the ice watch range. The brightly coloured ICE Watch watches are already very popular with clubbers accross the country but Ticwatches, the main retailer, observed increased sales of the BLACK ICE WATCHES in Newcastle that were way above the national average and even resulted in a shortage of stock. Evidently, Magpie fans are finding ways to be proud of their team's lofty position in this season's Premiership table.
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