Thursday, February 12, 2009

Liverpool 2 – England 0

Ha, ha ... ho, ho. That's only kind of funny, especially since the first goal came from David Villa and The Director teamed up with Xavi and Iniesta in midfield to completely embarrass a second-choice England side missing several important cogs. Plus, it was a meaningless friendly with nothing to gain and everything to lose (more on that in a bit).

But still, Alonso delivered cutting passes all night – or so I've read, as I was unable to watch it – and set up Villa's goal chance. Torres played 64 healthy minutes (much more on that later), and Arbeloa and Reina got in for the homeland. But right now, let's raise a figurative glass (or a literal one, if you're so inclined while reading Match Pricks) to Xabi Alonso: The Director. He came out of this little hooey-phooey show against England being heralded by none other than the coach of England as part of the world's greatest midfield. Hell, I could've told you that Capello, even if he constituted a midfield of one.

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