The goosebumps rising from Liverpool’s anthem
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.
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.