Red Alert !!
Liverpool have outlined their intent by defeating Chelsea this afternoon, in a keenly contested Community Shield this afternoon. Goals from John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch helped Liverpool to a 2-1 victory. Andy Shevchenko scored a brilliant goal for Chelsea, but it wasn't enough to beat the Mighty Reds.
While we can't read too much into this match, it shows that Liverpool are ready to match Chelsea this season. Several new signings have come in and made the team even stronger. Chelsea have gone out and splashed the cash as well, however, Liverpool have spent a fraction of the amount, and if you ask me, they have gotten better value for money.
The bad boy who never lived up to his potential. However, he's still very young, and can flourish at Anfield. He is an old-fashioned winger who provides maximum width and possesses an excellent cross. He is also dangerous in dead ball situations and has a good work rate off the ball. With Peter Crouch's height, he can help with some brilliant high balls into the box. Plus, he's a Liverpool fan.
A quick, hardworking striker. Also, a Liverpool fan, although Stevie Gerrard would beg to differ. His goal in the Champions League qualifier was a typical poacher's goal, but today, he showed even more class, with a good cross to set up Peter Crouch's goal. Bellamy will inject some pace into the frontline, and in my opnion, he's the kind of striker that will score up to 20 goals in a season, vital for a title push.
Mark 'Speedy' Gonzalez:
Now, this is one exciting prospect. Finally able to play for Liverpool after a protraced work permit application, Mark Gonzalez is a player with electric pace who can play on either flank or as a forward. While we don't know too much about him, he had an impressive season on loan at Real Sociedad last season, including a memorable goal against Real Madrid.
A tough competitor with a sweet left foot, Aurelio is the first Brazilian to play for Liverpool and brings many qualities to the team. Besides being a left back Aurelio is also very comfortable at playing in a left wing back role should the situation arise. He had a brilliant chance today, which brought out a good save from Cudicini. His presence increases competition for the let back role with Stephen Warnock and Riise.
A no nonsense centre half, and one for the future. Benitez says he's more of Jamie Carragher than Sami Hyypia. He's young, talented and a lot of people speak very highly of him, including Daniel Passarella, who was captain of the Argentina side that won the 1978 World Cup, and a former central defender himself, he rates Paletta as one of the best of his type in Argentina.
All these players, and we've got the return of Zenden from injury, Paul Anderson has come through the ranks, and was promoted from the Youth team after helping to win last season's FA Youth Cup.
Exciting times for Liverpool team, and maybe this is the year where we finally win the title? I reckon that this team is good enough for at least second place, and anything below this should be seen as failure.