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Thoughts On Liverpool vs Tottenham

Today I’m going to talk about John Flanagan and the penalty call that went against him against Spurs and look at a few other things I noticed from the Liverpool-Spurs encounter.

I won’t be the first to say this, but John Flanagan got a bit unlucky to have had that penalty given against him in the second half, which pretty much all but sealed victory for the Hotspurs, and it was a harsh call by the referee. I’m not exactly saying that Tottenham didn’t deserve their win, I agree that they deserved it, Liverpool were unproductive and simply Tottenham were the better side.

John Flanagan has already stamped his mark on the right back spot and is certainly one to watch over the coming years. His eagerness in a tackle is what strikes me as reminiscent to Carragher’s famous bone crushing tackles. A lad capable of a hard tackle and even has good vision. Good with the long ball, he opens up teams by switching the play. So Flanagan, don’t be knocked down by that minor setback.

Raul Meireles is something else i noticed from the Spurs encounter, even though he wasn’t even playing. It became evident that Liverpool were missing the services of their Portuguese midfielder and their ability going forward and their ability in a tackle in midfield was somewhat lacking against Tottenham.

To me, Meireles represents Gerrard, without the legendary status (yet), as he is capable of that amazing long ranged shot and also can put in a tackle in midfield. Liverpool were really missing Meireles out there, and I certainly hope he will be fit and raring to play next season.

Andy Carroll. Well, the 35 million pounds hasn’t exactly been justified just yet has it? Only his double against Manchester City was significant of note, otherwise the Englishman has found it tough on Merseyside. Lacking in pace, ball control and simply lacking somewhat in technique, I’m starting to question the 35 million pounds we paid for the lad.

True, he’s young and has been injured, but I would like to ask this question, why would you sign a replacement for Fernando Torres (supposedly as emergency) whom is injured? One thing I would like to say is couldn’t we just have waited to buy him in the summer? His stock would have dropped from being on the sidelines, Newcastle wouldn’t have held us to ransom and we would have more time to buy the winger that he so desperately needs.

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans



  1. White hearted KIWI

    May 17, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    2 things about the penalty…

    1-It was soft
    2-It was a foul..

    • Bill

      May 17, 2011 at 10:18 pm

      It was outside the pen area, It was a fair tackle, contrary to your beliefs shoulder charges have not been banned and the Pienar dived like he always did at Everton. Also Webb is a Manure supporting cheat, always has been, always will be.

      • TonyRich

        May 17, 2011 at 11:09 pm

        Mate. Shoulder charges are ONLY allowed when you challenge for the ball and attempt to win it. Flanagan would have needed a telescopic leg to have reached the ball, and Pienaar was in the way, which makes it a foul.

      • Paul Morris

        May 18, 2011 at 2:23 am

        It was NOT a shoulder charge. Flanagan ran into Pienaar from behind. It would have taken a contortionist to have made that a shoulder charge. Flanagan is young and inexperienced. He’ll learn from this.

        • Ronny

          May 18, 2011 at 4:57 am

          It was not a foul but even if it was a foul it was outside the box and should never have been a penalty.

  2. TonyRich

    May 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

    …and it was on the line – i.e a penalty. So many pundits suggested that it was outside – despite the ball being inside the box, Pienaar standing ON the line with both feet, and going for the ball and goalwards. It was soft, but you do not need to scythe through someone to cause a penalty. If the scenario was reversed: Kaboul knocking over Suarez in the box, I wouldn’t have complained, but I would have been gutted.

    • dan

      May 18, 2011 at 12:39 am

      well what can i say apart from six points welldonethe spurs

  3. matt

    May 18, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Poor defending as Flanagan was the wrong side of his man and barged him into the box. If he had been goalside and barged him outside of the box then i’d be 99% sure the pen wouldn’t have been given.

    I totally understand the how liverpool fans feel though as Webb has robbed us (Spurs)so many times against Man Utd. i’m still livid about the two goals chelsea were awarded against us that should have been a 1 nil win.

  4. lieutenant

    May 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

    …penalty! c`mon you spurs best team won scousers sour grapes flannagan went for pienaar and not the ball on the line rugby style bish bash bosh…

  5. Ashley morrison

    May 18, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Every team has a bad decision against them. We had plenty against Chelsea. Spurs definitely deserved the win though.

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