10 man Liverpool beat Everton despite blind referee

6 02 2010

In a derby that has seldom been without incident, this one was fraught with the hijinks of the highest breed courtesy of the referee, Martin Atkinson, being clearly on meth. Traditionally, the Merseyside derby has attracted more red cards than goals and the tradition continued. The first half definitely had a devastating effect on Liverpool’s challenge for fourth spot as the highlight of the game was a wrongful red card given to Sotirios Kyriagkos for a supposedly unlawful challenge on daily delinquent Maruan Fellaini who should also have been red carded as a result of the same level of participation in that very challenge.

Sotirios sees Red. www.liverpoolfc.tv

Sotirios sees Red. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

Of course, given Liverpool’s rotten season this was not to be and the red half of Liverpool were quickly reduced to 10 men in a match of high impetus. The half ended with Steven Gerrard almost getting a goal of a brilliantly taken free kick suggestive of his impending come back to form. Within a matter of minutes, the Everton contingent (read “cheaters” or “scum juniors”) almost scored of a header through the aerial threat that is Tim Cahill.

The first few minutes of the second half provided plenty of further proof suggestive of the referee’s blindness. However, Liverpool had taken the pitch with seemingly a really motivational song in their heads as with the second corner of the half  delivered astutely by Steven Gerrard, the reds drew first blood as Dirk Kuyt got his 50th goal for the club, with a deft header. From here on Liverpool played like a team hungry for more being egged on faithfully by their 11th man, the fans!

Kuyt's winning header. www.liverpoolfc.tv

Kuyt's winning header. http://www.liverpoolfc.tv

Hey, hold on….. Its Ryan “twittery*” Babel. He comes on for David Ngog who has unfortunately been as elegant and free as a butterfly in a net. It was nice to see Babel show a certain predatory zest that would only further help his own cause and Liverpool’s.

By the 75th minute, Everton had made all the substitutions that they were allowed. In the final ten or so minutes of the game, Liverpool made every effort possible to thwart the Everton juggernaut and given that the Everton juggernaut was full of leaks, all of Liverpool’s efforts paid off.

The match culminated in what would be called one of the best wins that Liverpool have managed over their fierce Merseyside rivals Everton in many a year.

There would be sufficiently large backlash at the end of the match but the damage was already done by a damaged referee, Martin Atkinson.

*Many would like to believe that it was Babel’s soul bearing exploits on Twitter that resulted in fewer than usual chances.

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