After The Match 


Liverpool-Deportivo 0-0              Tue Oct 19.                Champions League
Team: Kirkland, Josemi, Hyypia, Carragher, Traore, Hamann, Alonso, Riise, Garcia, Cisse, Baros
Subs: Kewell (Riise 65), Finnan (Cisse 76),
Sinama-Pongolle (Garcia 84)
Not used: Dudek, Diao, Biscan, Warnock
Yellow: Hamann 35, Baros 90
Luque 10, Andrade 39, Duscher 76, Victor 90
Red: None
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
Attendance: 40,236

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"It was
a frustrating
game for us..."

                 Milan Baros

2010: Baros rues missed chances
1910: Reds held by defiant Depor


Baros rues missed chances

By Chris Bascombe - Liverpool Echo

Milan Baros today cursed the chances which got away as Liverpool gave themselves an uphill battle to qualify from their tight Champions League group.

Baros admitted to frustration after last night's 0-0 draw with Deportivo La Coruna - a result which means the Reds must get positive scorelines in their forthcoming away games in Spain and Monaco.

Baros, Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia had golden opportunities to break the deadlock on what proved a tough night at Anfield.

"I thought we played well. We had chances but just couldn't get the goal," said Baros.

"It was a frustrating game for us, but that's football.

"I think this game was all about the first goal. Had we managed that they would have come out of defence far more.

"It was frustrating for me because I always want to score. I think I had one good chance and another shot which went close in the first half.

"To be fair to them, I thought they played well at the back."

Xabi Alonso admitted Liverpool will have to be more clinical in front of goal if they're to reach the last 16.

"Football is all about scoring. We arrived in the box many times but just couldn't get the goal," said the midfielder.

"We had more chances, especially in the first half, and we controlled the game so it was a frustrating night.

"We knew they'd be good in defence but we still created the chances to score. But I'm still confident we can qualify."

Didi Hamann also believes the Reds will head to La Coruna in confident mood in a fortnight's time.

"We know we need to get a good result away from home now, but I think that would have been the case even had we won last night," said Hamann.

"I thought we did well and did everything except score the goal. That's how it goes in football. One week you can score four goals in a half like we did last Saturday but this time we couldn't get one.

"It would be good to get to the last game with a chance, but I'm not looking beyond the next match at the moment."

Reds held by defiant Depor

By Mark Kendall - Sky Sports

Liverpool failed to break down a stubborn Deportivo La Coruna outfit at Anfield and were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw.

The Reds created by far the better chances but could find no way past Francisco Molina in the Depor goal.

Djibril Cisse and Luis Garcia spurned the best opportunities for the hosts, but the result leaves Rafa Benitez's men with an uphill task to qualify from Group A.

It was Depor who threatened first, Cesar lost Didi Hamann and met Albert Luque's left-wing corner, but Jon Arne Riise was alert on the line to head clear his goalbound header.

On 19 minutes Garcia rode a tackle on the edge of the area and the ball broke invitingly for Djibril Cisse, but the striker's first touch was heavy allowing Manuel Pablo to get across and make a crucial last-ditch tackle to deflect his shot wide.

Milan Baros then carved out another chance for the Frenchman, cutting back a cross from the right which Cisse met with a first-time volley that Molina pushed wide.

Just before the half hour mark, Hamann sent Baros clear with a clever slide-rule ball and the Czech striker rounded the advancing Molina but lost his balance in the process which allowed Manuel Pablo to nick in and slide the ball out for a corner with the goal gaping.

Three minutes later, Xabi Alonso's shot from distance ricocheted into the path of Garcia on the penalty spot, but the Spaniard could not beat Molina who tipped his shot over for a corner.

Baros then flashed a shot just wide from 25 yards after collecting an intelligent Alonso free-kick.

Depor had the first chance of the second period, but Juan Carlos Valeron failed to make contact with an inviting Victor cross from the right.

Subsitute Harry Kewell injected some verve into Liverpool, and midway through the half he beat Manuel Pablo and delivered a deep cross from the left which found it's way to Cisse at the far post.

The striker controlled well, but saw his low shot well smothered by Molina.

Kewell went on his own 12 minutes from time, cutting in from the left flank and beating two men, but his right-foot shot lacked the power to trouble Molina.

Xabi Alonso saw an effort from distance comfortably gathered by Molina, but The Reds' best effort of the second period came in stoppage time.

After Baros had been fouled, Kewell lined up the resultant free-kick 25 yards from goal and, after seeing his first effort charged down by a wall that had encroached, he sent his second attempt whistling just wide of goal with Molina well beaten.

It proved Liverpool's last real opportunity, and their failure to break down the Spaniards means, in all likelihood, they will now have to win away against Depor or Monaco to have any realistic chance of qualifying.

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