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Tranmere Rovers 2 – 0 Liverpool My View

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Now before I start I know many of you here will know I am an Everton fan, who this year has a Season Ticket at Tranmere, the reasons for this are another blog entirely. I would also say Liverpool are probably one of my least favourite teams. Now in saying that I am a want to be sports journalist so when I write or at a later date You Tube blog I do so with an open mind and with no bias for or against any other team. This is something I have prided myself on since the days on the sports team at 7Waves “that we wanted all Merseyside teams to win”. Now many a time I have saying how great it is that Liverpool have scored or how bad it was they conceded on air yet in the studio my co-presenter could see me celebrating, it is called being professional. When I write this report I will write how I saw things as I say with no bias. Right now that is out of the way onto the report!

Last night at Prenton Park Tranmere concluded their pre-season preparations against a Liverpool XI. The first thing I noticed about the match was how strange the kick off time of 7pm felt. But credit to Tranmere with the reduced admission prices seeing a Liverpool team of any standard was made affordable for families. I say this again because of the price of football at Premier League teams is crazy, so in someways I hope the result last night attracts people back to Prenton Park instead.

The Liverpool team was a strong line up of no fewer than 6 players with 1st experience and 3 Internationals (Jones, Insua and Degen), so you would expect them to be tough opposition for a League 1 outfit, and that was the hope for many Liverpool fans in the ground last night. Liverpool started brightly passing and moving as you would expect passing and moving and forced new Rovers ‘keeper Owain Fon Williams being tested in the 2nd minute as he turned a shot round the post from David Amoo.

After around15 minuets Tranmere started to get into the match as both Andy Robinson and John Welsh seeing shots go over the bar. Neither side really got a foothold on the game with both midfields working hard.

Tranmere took the lead on 36 minutes when a cross from the right was cleared only for it to fall to new signing David Buchanan on the edge of the area who blasted a shot into the top corner of the net. This was a great effort from the man who started the game at left back and a goalscorer from full back is a great asset to have.

Tranmere could have gone further in front moments later as Robinson turned McGurk’s cross goalwards only to see Jones parry it away. Jones was then almost caught red faced 5 minuets before the break when that man Robinson again, seen the Reds ‘keeper off his line but the lob landed on the roof of the net.

Tranmere definately had the better of the first half after Liverpools initial spell and Rovers went in at half time 1-0 up.

At the start of the second half Tranmere made 8 changes with only Fon Williams, Buchanan and Tiryaki (who we affectionately named chicken) remaining on the field. It didn’t change the way the game was progressing as Tiryaki raced through one on one with Jones after only 5 minutes of the second half gone only for Jones to block the shot.

Tiryaki again had a chance just a minute later as he volleyed over from a corner. The trialist finally got the goal his play deserved after Joss Labadie ran into the area only to see Jones save his shot but Tiryaki was on hand and beat a defender and turned his shot in from just inside the area.

At this time Tranmere sat back and tried to hit Liverpool on the break as the Reds tried to get men forward. Further efforts from Max Power and Buchanan again missed the target while Labadie saw Jones save well.

Liverpool offered very little going forward and only Toni Silva forced Fon Williams into a save with just 3 minutes left on the clock.

This was a very worthwhile exercise for Les Parry and his team as it showed some good strength in depth which may have been lacking last time round, even if the squad is still a little light on the ground. I would expect to see at least 1 or 2 more signings before Saturday and a possibility of some loans to bolster the squad after that. In my opinion Rovers look in a much better position this time round and are playing much better football. Top half is a realistic target and maybe an outside push for the playoffs or if things really click then why not automatic promotion.

On the hand Liverpool can hardly say pre-season has gone as they would have hoped, being 2-0 down the previous night to Valerenga but managing to salvage a 3-3 draw. Even manager Kenny Dalglish admits their is a lot of work to be done if his team are to be ready for the new season.

The big spending Reds today officially unveiled free transfer Alexander Doni £16m Jordan Henderson, £17m Stuart Downing and Charlie Adam for rumoured £8m. Liverpool will be banking highly certainly on their new midfielders with Gerrard out till September at the earliest, indeed their rumblings among Liverpool fans that we may not see him in a Red Shirt too many more times.

The high price paid for these English players could put pressure for them to hit the ground running but that is not always the case. Henderson alone is really under the most as the fee paid for him is based mainly on potential. The crazy prices that are being paid for English players surely will not help them in the long run.

Anyway their will be a blog on our clubs before the start of the season.

In conclusion based on last night Tranmere look in a good position to start the season, but Liverpool look as though the reserve squad is not good enough to help backup the first team.

Until next time thanks for reading and as always comments always welcome.


Written by pegleg5125

03/08/2011 at 7:47 pm

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