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Gerrard: We summoned up spirit of Istanbul – Telegraph

14th May 2006 • Dave

It was a rollercoaster for everyone. With eleven million viewers on BBC One, plus however many were watching in pubs up and down the country, England is warming up for the world cup.

My condolences to West Ham fans for their team’s defeat in Saturday’s cup final. If I am completely honest the Hammers were probably the stronger team over the 120 minutes. The 2005 European champions were definitely stretched and the first half an hour was probably Liverpool’s worst of the season.

As an England fan I know only too well it’s always gutting to loose on penalties. But at the start of the season who would have tipped West Ham to even be in the FA Cup final at all? And in this year’s FA Cup tournament, Liverpool were the best side. So while I reckon West Ham won the Psychological battle on Saturday, Liverpool have been made to work hard over the tournament as a whole against the likes of Man U and Chelsea to take their 7th FA Cup back to anfield.

Stevie G was undoubtedly the difference. And if Liverpool are going to ever win the Premiership then they need to stop pinning their hopes on one player.

I wonder how Trev Brooking is taking it? I’ve not heard him since the final. 🙂

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