EPL: Fans remain optimistic despite Liverpool's loss

EPL: Fans remain optimistic despite Liverpool's loss
GOAL!: Manchester United fans cheering after Juan Mata’s goal in the 59th minute.

They were confident of a Liverpool win, even when the half-time score read 1-0 in Manchester United's favour.

Alas, the expected Liverpool comeback didn't materialise, and the night ended in disappointment for the Liverpool supporters as their team fell 2-1.

Long-time fan Daniel Choo, who was at The New Paper's EPL Mania event yesterday, rued Liverpool's "disappointing performance".

The 30-year-old feels that the Reds were probably overwhelmed by the pressure of the occasion.

He said: "(Steven) Gerrard's red card probably also affected the formation of play, which was a shame as he would have strengthened the midfield."

Held at the Bistro 1855 at Suntec City, the 120-odd crowd of Liverpool and United fans had gathered to cheer their teams on.

The vocal United supporters roared when Juan Mata scored in the 14th minute, and cheekily applauded Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana when he missed an easy chance just before the end of the first period.

United fan Brandon Mylvaganam, who won a $140 cash prize for correctly predicting the time of the first goal and also a hamper for picking the correct half-time score, was ecstatic at the interval.

"I hope United keep it up and make it 2-0 for the night," said the 52-year-old.

Another United fan, Jevon See, attributed his team's win to luck. "They played quite sloppily in the middle, because they let Liverpool come back into the game," said the 29-year-old.

"They really got lucky towards the end, but I hope they can continue to win their next few matches."

United's victory may have consolidated their position in the top four of the English Premier League table, but the Liverpool fans remain a defiant lot.

Choo, for instance, is still optimistic about Liverpool's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League.

"Man United still have some tough matches," he said.

"I don't think all hope is lost for Liverpool."

cnicole@sph.com.sg


This article was first published on March 23, 2015.
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