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Liverpool fan Scott puts his selective editing skills to work:
in The Champions League"
If only we could pick out the most important words in that title. In the end, the game that hurt the most, that 3-3 defensive collapse to Crystal Palace, ended up being a moot point since a victory would not have been enough. No, ultimately, it was Voldemourinho’s Chelsea who squashed Liverpool’s dreams of a first title in 24 years. The Reds, of course, contributed to the final standings with a panicked attack against the Blues, the aforementioned collapse to Crystal Palace and the nearly fatal wobble against Newcastle on the final day. But it was all over after the Chelsea game.
It was also nearly over in the Newcastle game after a seemingly legitimate goal by Luis Suarez was disallowed (was the ball stationary?) before the Magpies stormed ahead via a Martin Skrtl own goal. Fortunately, Liverpool regrouped and equalized and then surged ahead on the end of two immaculate Steven Gerrard free kicks. First Daniel Agger then Daniel Sturridge met the GPS-positioned deliveries to slot home past a helpless Tim Krul. Then, tables fully turned, it was Newcastle that imploded with 2 red cards and a lack of discipline certainly not befitting any army, Toon or otherwise.
A win was the only way to end this season, regardless of the second place finish. The only thing that could have made it sweeter would have been a Suarez goal to catapult his tally above that of Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Alan Shearer’s for the Premier League scoring record. Instead, he will have to be content in the company of those extraordinary players. Although, others have said it but I will point it out again – Suarez accomplished his feat in fewer games and without the benefit of taking penalty kicks for his team.