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RTE Analysts Dunphy & Brady Criticize Liverpool

Irish channel RTE’s football analysts are legendary: Former Arsenal player Liam Brady, Leeds legend Johnny Giles, and author and former footballer Eamon Dunphy. Put them all together and you have one of the best football shows on television. Why? Because they tell you how they really feel about topics.

For a glimpse of how they work together, you have to view this video (uncovered at the excellent 101greatgoals site) where they dissect Liverpool’s performance this week against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Dunphy is the chap on the far right. Brady in the middle, with Giles to his left — in addition to the genial presenter.

While their comments are stirring and thought-provoking, I have to totally disagree with them. If Liverpool had played an attacking style of play throughout the match, they would have lost by more than one goal to nil and they would be out of the tournament. Everyone knows that Barcelona is the more skillful and better attacking side, which is why Benitez resorted to the tactics that he did.

Liverpool put Barcelona on the defensive from the kick-off, and the Reds were so unlucky not to be 2-0 or 3-0 ahead by half-time. By the 55th minute, Liverpool’s gameplan fell apart as they gifted Barcelona more room in midfield allowing the Catalan side to link up play through the middle for the first time in the night.

Sure, we would have loved to see Liverpool continue to play great football like the world-class Anfield teams from the late 70’s and early 80’s, but this is a team that’s not close in skill or teamwork to those famous sides. And we would have preferred Liverpool to play better in the second half against Barca, but they completely ran out of steam against one of the best teams in the world.

If either Dunphy or Brady were managers of Liverpool, we would have seen an even more entertaining match at Anfield on Tuesday night, but the Reds would not be in the quarter-finals as they are now.

That said, I enjoyed the debate by the RTE analysts and will keep an eye out for more coverage from them in the near future.

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  1. lyverbird

    March 9, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I’m Irish and a Liverpool fan and have long suffered the blatherings of Dunphy and Giles who quite obviously and unprofessionally exhibit a disgraceful anti-Liverpool bias when they should be doing a job of offering an impartial view on the games they are observing. Dunphy especially should have the neck to be honest and put on a Man Utd jersey when offering opinions on Liverpool. To suggest that Gerrard in particular is not a world class player is completely untrue and finds him out in his underhanded bias. At least his drink driving and public order issues in the past show him for the idiot he truly is…

  2. Anonymous

    March 8, 2007 at 3:45 am

    Dunphy was a Man Utd youth team player(briefly) but didn’t make the grade he has always had an anti Liverpool biase, I remember him critising Liverpool in Newspaper articles in the late 80s under Dalglish. He is quite a good pundit but is always negative and before Liverpool matches he will always be critical. If they play well he will find ways to focus on how Liverpools opponents played badly

  3. Anonymous

    March 8, 2007 at 2:48 am

    WOW…except for the guy all the way on the left (the host??), those guys were freaking idiots…especially the guy all the way on the right. I’m not a Liverpool fan in anyway, but I thought they played really well. They took Barcelona completely out of their game. Haha, “Steven Gerrard was found out tonight…Him being one of the best players in the world is a myth”..or whatever he said. Hahaha. Does this guy hate Liverpool or something??? That was fun to watch, because it made me feel good that I’m not that dumb.

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