The goose­bumps ris­ing from Liver­pool’s an­them

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Around the sta­dium there is so much iconic mem­o­ra­bilia from the Shankly Statue, Pais­ley Gates to the Hills­bor­ough Me­mo­rial plaque, built in mem­ory of the 96 fans who died at Hills­bor­ough in 1989.

I was ac­com­pa­nied to the big­gest match of the sea­son by lo­cal Liver­pudlian fa­natic Des McMil­lan. Ac­cord­ing to Des, there is def­i­nitely a feel good fac­tor amongst the lo­cals and they be­lieve this team is ca­pa­ble of bring­ing the league ti­tle back to An­field.

The two most en­ter­tain­ing teams in the league and joint lead­ers headed into this mas­sive game look­ing to land a knock-out blow and scup­per the other’s ti­tle charge.

Over the last few years, these two teams have served up goals ga­lore, but they dis­ap­pointed in this match. The first half was tense with both de­fences hav­ing the up­per hand.

How­ever, in the se­cond half play was much more open. City had a golden op­por­tu­nity to seal vic­tory with a penalty in the clos­ing stages. How­ever, to the re­lief of the lo­cal fans, Riyad Mahrez hit it high and wide. I think the en­tire league cel­e­brated be­cause if City had won, they could have gone on to wrap up the league by Christ­mas!

Jose Mour­inho achieved one of his great­est and maybe most im­por­tant vic­to­ries over long-time ri­val Rafa Ben­itez’s New­cas­tle. Af­ter 10 min­utes it looked like Mour­inho was head­ing for the un­em­ploy­ment queues.

By then the Mag­pies had taken a sur­pris­ing 2-0 lead.

The se­cond half was rem­i­nis­cent of Alex Fer­gu­son’s days when United came roar­ing back to win with a last minute goal.

Will this be the cat­a­lyst for United to storm back into con­tention or has it just cov­ered up the widen­ing cracks? The jury is still out.

But I think he does not have the sup­port and tac­ti­cal nous to take United any fur­ther.

Scrum­ming

The south­ern hemi­sphere rugby cham­pi­onship came to an end this past week­end.

Af­ter the mem­o­rable away win in New Zealand, lo­cal fans were pray­ing for a re­peat re­sult when the Spring­boks hosted their neme­sis, the All Blacks, in Pre­to­ria.

The New Zealan­ders showed why they will go into next year’s World Cup as favourites with a thrilling come from be­hind vic­tory. From be­ing 30-13 down, they scored in the last pas­sage of play to pre­vent back to back losses against the Boks.

The Boks can take away many pos­i­tives from their play, over the last few weeks, but still need to move up a few gears if they want to be re­al­is­tic chal­lengers to the All Blacks.

Are we wit­ness­ing the next Sachin Ten­dulkar in In­dian teenage prodigy Prithvi Shaw?

He hit an at­tack­ing cen­tury on de­but against the West Indies.

The pre­co­cious tal­ent has amassed runs at all lev­els and once scored 546 runs in a ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion.

Vi­rat Kohli also made a cen­tury in the match, cul­mi­nat­ing in an easy win for the In­di­ans.

I would love to see Shaw and Kohli in full flight, that would be ev­ery fan’s dream and ev­ery bowler’s night­mare!

Ash­ley Govender caught the live ac­tion be­tween Liver­pool and Manch­ester City dur­ing their English Premier­ship clash at An­field at the week­end.

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