Champions League Final 2007

I went Downtown again to watch the Champions League Final, just like two years ago. However, the result was not what I would’ve liked. Milan was nowhere near the quality of 2005 and Liverpool is a much better side than two years ago, but the results were reversed. Such is football. Such is life.

The local Liverpool supporter’s club chose the Library Square Public House as the venue this time. It was a bigger place than the Lennox (the venue for last time). There were many more supporters this time around too.

The crowd is very loud and enthusiastic, as can be expected for a Champions League Final. At half-time, the pub played “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and everyone sang in full voice:

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky

And the sweet silver song of a lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

Needless to say the atmosphere was great.

I don’t have much to say about the match itself, other than the obvious facts like Liverpool desparately needs a game breaker (like Kaka), and Inzaghi miraculously did not go offside for once (and he scored). After years of building, Liverpool becomes a force to be reckoned with, but they still need that little bit of extra quality that set great European sides (e.g. Juventus in the 90’s, Real Madrid in the early 00’s) apart from good teams (e.g. Man Utd, Chelsea).

I am gutted at the loss, but I know that Liverpool will walk on, and will become Champions of Europe again. They’ve been there before and they will go there again. No. 6 awaits.

Walk on, walk on, and you’ll never walk alone.

Gerrard Wants Out

People who do not follow football (aka soccer) would not understand the following:

I wasn’t upset at all when I saw the news that Gerrard wants out. My first thought was: we’re getting 40 million pounds! This is Football Manager in real life baby!

Toe Kit is right, sometimes you need to step down before you can step up. Losing Gerrard is a step down, but I think if we get 40 million to spend, the team will end up stronger than it was when Gerrard is here.

Champions League Final 2005

Went Downtown to watch the match at the Lennox’s. WHAT A MATCH!!!

The atmosphere there was much better than Pit Pub, since most people at the pub there are Liverpool supporters. I sure am glad that I got myself the LFC shirt when I was in HK.

Everyone was understandably deflated and feeling sad by half-time, when we trailed 3-0. But Leo was still very calm and said that coming back is possible. And was he right. He should be a manager…

Liverpool rode a bit of luck all the way, but at the end, not a lot of teams came back from 3-0 in an European Cup final.

Towards the end of the match, most of the LFC supporters went to the other side of the pub, where they sung and watched on the big screen (I think there’s a big screen on that side). After the match was won, they finally started singing You’ll Never Walk Alone. But I guess I was too shy to join them.

But this sure is one great afternoon for me, and all other Red supporters. 😀