Voronin 69, Torres 74
So goodbye to another season. Reading through the piece I wrote this time last year there was a long rant about The Mancs. However this time I’ll just leave it by saying that they are worthy Champions and that I “Sky+ed” through their bit on Match of the Day!
To White Hart Lane Insula was in as to was Voronin however, it wasn’t so much who was on the pitch that made the news. Riise, Pennant, Alonso and Crouch didn’t even travel, signs that they will in the close season? The “old” kit replaced the “new” kit! Across the City Gareth Barry lined up for Villa at West Ham against a background of newspaper reports that he will talk to us.
We made a good start with Voronin from Gerrard’s free kick then Babel however both shots were easily saved. Berbatov stretched Reina with a good header. However there wasn’t much to get excited about mainly because of the nature of the match and the hot conditions. It was all laid back stuff. I kept expecting the play to break for a Pimms and sandwiches for perhaps Rafa and Ramos to join in the end of season mood by going in their respective goals!
Things began to get moving in the second half with a good exchange between Gerrard and Torres which saw Cerny saving the Spaniard’s shot. Gerrard, who looked really desperate to finish the campaign with a goal, had a few shots but couldn’t find his range. The goal was a straight forward affair. Skrtel on the half way line had an age to decide what to do with the ball. Being a defender he eventually opted for a long punt to Torres on the edge of the area! His flick found Voronin who managed to evade Hutton and, after a couple of touches, finally tucked it home.
This galvanised Spurs a bit with Berbaov producing another excellent save from Reina. However we were having none of it and it was left to Torres to put the game, and the season, to bed. He collected Benayoun’s pass on the edge of the area made Michael Dawson look like Les Dawson and flicked it past Cerny. A record for the most goals scored by a foreigner in their first season beating Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record and no penalties! Right at the end he was unfortunate not to finish off with a terrific goal after his chip bounced off the cross bar.
In the final game of last season Robbie Fowler took his last bow. It’s apt that this season’s last meaningful piece of action for us should involve the player who has become the first Liverpool player since Robbie to get over twenty league goals in a season. Thirty three in all. Said Rafa
“You know when you sign a player like Torres you will get goals and you expect that but this season he has been amazing. He has been fantastic.”
In a season racked by off the field disagreement, petty bickering, and underhand selfishness surely that is the one thing everyone can agree on?
Tottenham: Cerny, Hutton, Dawson (Bent 75), Woodgate, Gilberto, Malbranque, Jenas (Huddlestone 46), Zokora, O’Hara (Tainio 46), Berbatov, Keane.
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Chimbonda.
Liverpool: Reina, Arbeloa, Carragher, Skrtel, Insua, Kuyt (Lucas 80), Gerrard, Mascherano, Babel (Benayoun 59), Torres, Voronin (Finnan 71).
Subs Not Used: Itandje, Hyypia.