Monday, August 24, 2009

Liverpool v. Aston Villa: Live-ish here at Match Pricks

While I continue to struggle with the question, "What is a live blog in the age of Twitter?" we're going to try something a little different here at Match Pricks for Villa's visit to Anfield.

Kickoff is in a minute, and I'm going to post in the comments here some thoughts, but not really a blow-by-blow description like the well-visited Match Pricks Live Blogs from last season's Champions League. Just mixing it up and seeing what might work.

First up is my appreciation to get Jon Champion as the lead commentator for this effort here in the States. My second favorite in that role, behind Martin Tyler, naturally.

OK, off to the comments ...

15 comments:

Jim said...

Benayoun so lively right out of the gate, and very nearly heads in with his back to goal from 8 yards out.

It's just hard to imagine, from when he first joined the club, that we'd see him so creative and important to the side.

Jim said...

I'm starting to disturb myself, just a little, by how deep my admiration for Insua has become. I'm worried I might turn into one of those 56-year-old lifelong loners who believe Miley Cyrus is sending them hidden love messages through the TV.

Please, no one tell my Mom if I end up arrested outside Insua's Liverpool residence clutching flowers and a box of chocolates.

Jim said...

I think Skrtel should've gone for the theatrics with his cracked jaw and worn a Cech-esque padded helmet to start – only to dramatically rip it off and throw it into the Kop right before a crucial Villa setpiece.

Jim said...

If you saw the sequence where Liverpool flubbed four shots inside the box, I bet you heard either "Alley Cat" in your head or traditional circus calliope music

Jim said...

With Liverpool continuing to create shooting chances – and proceed to miss them – now is as good a time as any to point out I used Glen Johnson to single-handedly pull Liverpool back from 2-1 down against Colin's Arsenal Friday night and win 3-2 on FIFA.

Jim said...

Here's some calliope music to listen to when watching the replay of Liverpool's four mishit shots from earlier:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFgqDSBba1g

Jim said...

Just when I'm about to applaud Lucas, he falls over and a buildup is wasted. I so badly want the boy to figure it out, like a screwup kid brother who is clearly smarter than the dummies he keeps for friends.

Jim said...

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Liverpool started well, should've gone up, didn't, and now things are just flat all over for both teams.

Jim said...

Villa is attacking Torres' head and face with reckless abandon in this one. It's as though they're envious of his matinee idol looks.

Jim said...

Villa has scored.

Wonderful. And I was just about to post that I was feeling a growing sense of dread.

Jim said...

Whoa! Torres has a black left eye! There goes the October cover of Spanish Tiger Beat.

Jim said...

Follow up on Torres: The entire left side of his face is bruised and blackened. He looks awful – but still not as bad as Lucas, who deflected in Villa's goal from a setpiece.

Jim said...

Benayoun is spending more time in midfield than the center circle. Ugh, they are poor right now – worse than much of the time against Spurs.

Jim said...

HT: Liverpool 0 – Aston Villa 2

A corner for Villa brings a Curtis Davies header for goal while Rafa berates the fourth official about added time.

That was such an unpleasant first half that I'm actually going to TAKE A SHOWER now to get the associated stink off of me.

Dan said...

Well... not everything looks great in HD.

They miss El Director badly. What took one pass through him now has to go through both Lucas and Mascherano. The defense can recover, and close down the space. Very little room to operate for Gerrard, Kuyt, and ultimately Torres.