Liverpool 89/90 – 30 Years of Hurt? Part 2

Matt is here with part 2 of his Liverpool adventure back to 1989/90. Some of them might be getting on but they’ve still got it…

Wednesdays come round quicker than freekicks using Craig Johnston’s Predator football boots don’t they? (Whatever happened to Predator boots?)

I left you last week having played 10 league games and nestled nicely at the top of the league with a game in hand and scoring goals for fun.

Before we get back to the league action, England beat Moldova but no outings for my Liverpool Legends. Rushie is on the wrong side of a 5-1 reverse to Belgium with Wales, while Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and Ronnie Whelan help EIRE to a narrow win over Lithuania.

The Crazy Gang put up a real good fight at Anfield, but we have just enough class (via an own goal) to get the 3 points although it comes at the cost of an injury to Pedro.

Arsenal are put to the sword in their own backyard and Dalglish continues to excel in the hole that Molby left. Aldo scoring twice after replacing the injured Beardsley.

Its another 4 goals on a wet Tuesday night at Anfield, but letting Olympiakos score 3 is a worry. The away leg will need more discipline

Everton head to Anfield and a rough and tumble game finishes with 2 goals and 2 injuries for Liverpool.

League Cup action next away to Sheffield Wednesday. Another 2 goals and we’re into the hat for the next round – Chelsea away. Kenny continuing to roll back the years.

I’m sure 9 times out of 10 the cup fixture generator just picks the team you’re due to play next in the league and it’s a rare defeat against Wednesday 4 days later.

I needn’t have worried about Olympiakos’ 3 away goals after all. Borussia MGB in the next round it is then.

Despite his rich form I give Kenny a rest against Villa and injuries to McMahon and Whelan means I give a rare start to Nigel Spackman in midfield who rewards me with a steallar performance.

David James in goal for Villa, the man who replaced Grobelaar at Liverpool. I read somewhere that Kenny wanted to replace Bruce with Big Nev Southall at one point. Also there were rumours that Liverpool were tracking Tim Flowers at Southampton, so before one game Bruce puts a bouquet of flowers in the goal to the delight of the crowd. Good job they didn’t go in for David Seaman…..

 

International break time and David Burrows gets a run out at left back in a 5-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia – England beat Italy 1-0 to qualify direct for France 98 by the way. Italy play EIRE in the play off and lose 4-3 over two legs so I’ll have a few more players in France come the end of the season.

Ian Rush is so indespensible for Wales they decide to stick him in goal….

Back to bread and butter stuff and there’s no Heskey to stop us against Leicester (He went to QPR for £5m…..) and its another routine win

Over to Germany and the next round of the Eufa Cup and Pedro slots a late penalty to give us a potentially invaluable away goal…

Pedro leaves it late again in the next league match and I wonder if I’m working these guys too hard – maybe they haven’t de-aged by 8 years after all?

We have the better of the chances against Chelsea in the League Cup but a Hughes strike ends our run in this cup – might be a blessing in disguise really…

Is this a wobble? Rubber limbed Paulo Wanchope salvaging a point just when I thought we had it won.

No such wobbles in the Eufa Cup though and Borussia MGB are sent packing and it’ll be Athletic Bilbao in the quarter finals in the spring.

International friendlies time and Ian Rush continues to show his versatality by plundering 5 goals aginst Bahrain from a libero position. He must have drunk a lot of milk. Bahrain? Exactly.

David Burrows carries on at left back for England but Barnes and Beardsley see no action against South Korea

Aldo and co lose 2-1 to Denmark elsewhere.

In the last game of this update, we’re away at Newcastle and Beardsley seals the 3 points with another of his now customary late late goals, nice one Pedro!

Bruce Grobelaar got the man of the match, presumably for not conceding to Des Hamilton.

With all those goals and wins, you might have thought we’d be pulling clear but we’re up against Man Utd 97/98 and they are breathing down our necks – it’s defintely going to be them or us…

Hope you join me next week as we enter 1998 and the FA Cup kicks off against Ipswich, theres sure to be plenty to talk about!

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