Is that Colin Pascoe trying to mark Stevie?
I hate the “Daily Fail” but they have a nice interview with Luis so I have to post it.
On the future if Liverpool fail to make the Champions League: ”I will wait until the end of the season and see how we are doing. We won’t know until then how we are doing and what our position is so I am prepared to wait until that time. [But] I want to say now that, if you want to know what will happen to me if we don’t qualify for the Champions League, then I will say this: I have a contract with Liverpool and I am very happy here. I will stay.”
On Steven Gerrard stating that he’s the best striker he’s ever played with: “I get goose pimples when I hear he said that. In my country, we call it Carne de Gallina. Like the skin of a chicken. That’s how I feel. Gerrard is such a good player and what he said about me I will never forget. It’s unbelievable. He has such a good record over many years in the English game and is a great example to all players here, especially to me. We all respect him. He has won almost everything and if anything goes wrong on the pitch he never tells the players off. He just speaks to them afterwards and when he speaks to them you can take it as a fact that he is right. He is just trying to help people. Steven has also said things to me in private that I will never forget, about things that have happened and things I can do here. These are conversations that players have. People don’t hear them but they are so important. They make a difference to a person like me, to my career and my life. The ones we had are private but say everything about him. Steven has given me motivation to carry on and do well with what he has said. He has helped me hugely.”
On Gerrard: “It’s incredible that Steven hasn’t won a championship. Crazy. It must be like having a fishbone stuck in his throat. It is permanently irritating to him. I can’t really believe it. You still have to recognise he is an outstanding player. He is a legend in the club and has lifted the Champions League for this club. That makes him special. After all, how many players in Europe have actually done that?”
On his wife and daughter (and his goal celebration): “I kiss the back of my ring finger first of all. That’s because of my wife and all I owe her. Then I kiss the wrist because I have my daughter’s name there on a tattoo. She is two-and-a-half and she can sing the complete song [You’ll Never Walk Alone] in English, the complete song. I haven’t taught her it, honestly. She learned it by coming to matches. She has always come, even as a baby. Now she likes to have a scarf too, so that she can wave it at the start when everybody sings (good on ya Delfina!). My wife, Sofia, and her always come to the home matches, whatever time they are. That’s important to me. They are the most important people to watch me. It’s especially important for my little girl to see her papa at work. She was actually very good for me and helpful during my difficult times here in England as when I came home - no matter what had happened - she was there welcoming me with a smile. These are the things that I never forget.”
On his wife, Sofia: “When I was playing for Nacional in Montevideo, the players who lived outside the city would be given money by the club to get there and back on the bus. I lived in Montevideo, though, so I never got any money. I was not entitled. Sometimes, though, I would tell them a little lie. I would say I had to make a journey to see someone in my family. I would get the money and that would enable me and Sofia to go out for dinner. We started when we were very young. It was difficult as I had no money to support us and when she went to Barcelona I had no money to go with her. I didn’t even have enough money to communicate with her while she was there. We had some hard times when were young but we have conquered those problems. She is special and it’s an important relationship in lots of ways. She can be hard with me, though. Sofia says that when she sees me with such anger on the field, people will think I am like that at home and think I am always an angry person. Of course, at home I am different. I am completely calm but she thinks people won’t know that. She does tells me off when I misbehave on the field and I hope that has helped me become calmer. I much prefer being told off by Brendan Rodgers than my wife. Brendan is more careful than my wife with what he says.”
On Liverpool’s form this season: “This is the way it is at the moment [on not beating any teams in the top half of the table]. Sometimes we play well, as good as being in the top four of the Premier League. Then other times we don’t play anywhere near as well. It’s just one of those things with football. As a player I just want to win every match but sometimes we just don’t play well enough. Every player feels differently about playing football. We are all different people. I am the type who wants to win all the time. I hate to lose. What I can say is the younger players here are very good and the good thing is that many of them are home grown. That means they have a passion for the club. I am sure they are doing the best they can. This year we are playing well against lower teams and are winning. Last year we were not winning those type of games. We are hoping we can do better against the big teams. If we do we have a chance. We have to become stronger in our minds. Look at the Manchester United game (Liverpool lost 2-1). The second half was actually very good. We were better than them. In that moment, mentally we were very good and this is the way we should play every week. We actually left the stadium happy, even though we lost. We would like to qualify for the Champions League if possible. If we are able to do that the title will be something for the future.”
On the manager: “The culture of the manager here is good. The players like the way he makes us play and once the players become more mature they will be able to win the championship. All my managers have asked me not to talk so much on the field. I used to gesture quite a lot during matches. Many managers have told me to behave better on the field and that is good. Myself though, my style of playing is to show my passion and that is the way I am. I will never allow that to be taken out of me. I have much to thank Brendan for, though, and he knows how much I appreciate this. He always praises me in public and that helps me a lot. It takes some pressure off me.”
On the club itself: “This is really a great club. From being a young boy people want to play here. That’s why I came here. It’s a dream come true. You can ask my friends and my brothers and they will tell you. Four or five years ago I always played as Liverpool when I was on the PlayStation. Of course I used to win all the matches. In real life, it’s harder…”
Didn’t get to watch the game but congrats to Danny Sturrdige for getting his first league goal for Liverpool.
Didn’t get to watch the game so no recap, just the pics.
Starting line-up: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel (Carragher 73’), Agger, Johnson, Lucas, Gerrard, Henderson (Suso 67’), Sterling (Allen 57’), Suarez, Downing.
Another good performance and another Anfield win. I’m pretty happy with that and now we can rest players at Macclesfield for the trip to Old Toilet.
Lol that girl looks pissed off that that guy interrupted her picture session.
MOTM: Easily Luis Suarez. I hope he’s just as magical against United because I’d love it if he got 2 or 3 goals in front of those muppets.
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No recap for today’s game. Let’s just enjoy our little Christmas miracle.
Starting line-up: Reina, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Enrique, Lucas (Carragher 83’), Gerrard, Shelvey (Allen 74’), Downing, Suarez, Suso (Sterling 71’).
Goals by: Skrtel, Gerrard, Downing & Suarez.
MOTM: Stevie G followed closely by Stewart Downing (did this performance just raise his transfer fee?).