Walk On Wembley… Again!

The FA Cup semifinal between Liverpool and Everton saw a rejuvenated Reds pull a victory over their Merseyside rivals, who are currently sitting ahead of them in the Premier League table. Adding an extra dimension to the match was the fact that it was scheduled on the eve of the 23rd anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster.

Liverpool looked keen to attack early on, but it was Everton that drew first blood, with the Jelavic goal coming off a rather stupid mistake by Jamie Carragher (Carra and Agger hesitated in clearing the ball, and Carra eventually bounced it off a blue shirt). Following that goal, it seemed that Liverpool had lost its shape and ideas, allowing Everton to dictate the match. Luckily, the lone goal stood at the half, with Liverpool down 0-1.

Thank god, King Kenny made some magic during the halftime break, because Liverpool came out charging at the second half. The Reds dictated the next 45 minutes, which saw goals from both Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll (who has worked hard to have a goal tallied across his name). Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing, both playing decent games, were replaced by Maxi Rodriguez and Craig Bellamy in the second half. Moreover, this semifinal was a confidence booster for third-choice goalkeeper Brad Jones, filling in for Pepe Reina and Doni. Liverpool never looked back, and Everton looked to have just crumbled.

To support Liverpool is to know what suffering means, but really, victory is just so much sweeter after the suffering. See you again on May 5th at the Wembley Stadium, Reds!

Fantastic Week to be a Liverpool Supporter!

On Thursday morning (Manila time), Liverpool drew 2-2 with Manchester City, 3-2 on aggregate to earn a spot at the finals of the Carling Cup against Cardiff City—thanks to a Steven Gerrard penalty at the 40th minute and a brilliant piece of work from Craig Bellamy at the 76th minute.

That said, Bellamy scored against his former team to bring his former team to the finals against his former team. Can’t keep up? Let me just share these celebratory photos:

Once done with the blue side of Manchester, the Reds took on Manchester United for an FA Cup match. And whaddya know? Liverpool did even better by defeating Manchester United 2-1, thanks to goals from Daniel Agger and Dirk Kuyt!

Sure is a fantastic week to be a Liverpool supporter! YNWA!

And because I can, here’s Luis Suarez with his cutie-patootie daughter, Delfina:

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As for Real Madrid, the Copa del Rey champs bow out to Barcelona, drawing on the vuelta 2-2 (4-3 on aggregate). However, the men in white had a solid 2nd half showing on the vuelta—which should boost their confidence and strengthen them mentally for future Clasicos.

That said, because Barcelona drew with Zaragoza this morning, Real Madrid are now seven points clear on top of the La Liga. And as we all know, Liga > Copa. Hala Madrid!