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Last evening, St. Patrick's Day, this Scouser was at the Lucky Bar on Connecticut Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., to see Liverpool FC lose on aggregate 1-0 to Braga of Portugal in the Europa League -- the match at Anfield ended 0-0 and LFC didn't show gumption and adventure enough to win. Our inspirational midfield attacking captain, Steven Gerrard, the dynamo that makes the team run is sidelined for a month recovering from groin surgery. Our record-setting signing, big new centre forward Andy Carroll got his first start in a Liverpool shirt but you could tell that the team has not accustomed itself to playing with him. Our other new signing, the brilliant Uruguayan Luis Suarez, who had a hand in all three goals in our preceding game was ineligible because he had played in the Europe League this season for his last club, Ajax of Amsterdam. So the team was foundering and hardly had a decent shot on goal all night.
Still it was a night out. The bar was full of kids in green shirts and spangly green paraphernalia drinking green beer. Not me -- some cool Guinesses chased down by some shots of Jameson whisky~! Had my usual fish and chips there that I enjoy. We few soccer fans were far outnumbered by the green revelers whooping and hollering to basketball "March Madness" on most of the screens. Liverpool better do better on Sunday against Sunderland and get a decent position in the league -- at least sixth would be a mite better than the seventh position we achieved last year in another poor season. Better results coming next year hopefully by which time new signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez should be banging the goals in, big man, little man, aided by Stevie Gerrard and Raul Meireles.
Better times remembered: Pics from the match against Chelsea that we won 1-0 with a goal from Meireles (video through link above). A lot more of the same, please, Raul!
Jamie Carragher -- fine tackle on Fernando Torres, Jamie!!!!!
Raul Meireles after scoring the match-winning goal.
Chelsea's coach Carlo Ancelloti -- beaten foe
Yours Truly and, below, some pics of "Julia's Empanadas" next to the Lucky Bar on Connecticut Ave, NW. I must remember to pick up some next time I am at the bar for a Liverpool match.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Posted by Christopher T. George at 8:06 AM