Middlesbrough 2 – 0 Liverpool Highlights

February 28, 2009 | Filed Under: UK Box Update 
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Liverpool’s title dream looks all but over now as they loose at the riverside today which again another much changed team did the rick parry issue take effect?But to be honest allot of the liverpool players played below par and gerrard went off again today with a injury.Middlesbrough really did not need to push liverpool but a great result for them what will happen to rafa now.

A Xabi Alonso own-goal and a Tuncay Sanli effort – one in each half – did the damage, while the visitors missed a host of chances in the absence of injured striker Fernando Torres.Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel and the young Moroccan Nabil El Zhar operated as a fluid front three, switching positions and causing problems with their movement.

Kuyt had the game’s first shot with a low effort from the right side of the box that Brad Jones parried, and his follow-up was blocked.
The Dutchman had an even better chance shortly afterwards when a left-wing cross from the impressive Fabio Aurelio was deflected into his path. He had time and space 10 yards out, but Jones managed to help his high, hard shot over the bar.Babel and Gerrard also went close – the returning captain looking odds-on to score but was denied by a brilliant David Wheater block
The second-half started in similar fashion, with Liverpool creating plenty of chances but failing to finish them

Sixty-two minutes in, Tuncay made it two as Boro hit on the break with a superb counter-attack. O’Neil released Jeremie Aliadiere down the right and the Frenchman laid on a simple pass for Tuncay to finish inside the left-hand post.

Benitez’s strikers could only wonder what might have been if they had finished so clinically, and the introduction of David Ngog only reinforced their lack of options. Robbie Keane may not have been perfect, but he was a sight better than this.

Liverpool remain seven points behind leaders Manchester United, who play the Carling Cup final on Sunday, after suffering just their second defeat of the current campaign.

See Rafa interview here

Southgate happy with result

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