As we approach the start of a long weekend of festivities, I would like to wish all my Muslim friends and readers Selamat Hari Raya and to all Malaysians, Happy Merdeka!
If you are in Malacca or KL, I will be there for a short trip next week. Send me a message if you would like to meet up! All the best to everyone and be safe on the roads!
Sotirios Kyrgiakos has left while Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Aquilani and Joe Cole are contemplating or are close to completing transfers (in the case of Joe Cole, a loan) out of Liverpool.
While I’m not a big fan of Kyrgiakos, I am a little sad to see him leaving as it opens up some defensive concerns should Liverpool’s main pairing gets injured for a lengthy amount of time. In the midfield, Kuyt has been a solid contributor to Liverpool and if he goes, we will miss him badly. But I do understand the situation since Dalglish has brought in a number of new faces and Kuyt is no longer guaranteed a starting position in his age. Aquilani and Cole have not been the most influential of figures in midfield and their departures will not be as sorely missed as Kuyt’s.
I believe that all three players will be leaving if they can come to terms with their new clubs. Liverpool do still have a sizable midfield in Lucas, Poulsen, Meireles, Gerard, Adam, Downing, Henderson, Shelvey and Spearing. I wish Kuyt, Aquilani and Cole all the best in their futures if they choose to leave.
Verdict: 3 points won
Dalglish dealt a blow to Arsenal’s already depleted side and a mental blow to their players. Seeing two of the team’s star players wanting to leave/leaving cannot be easy on the rest of the team. Especially when the results starts going bad. To add to their leaving players, Arsenal has got injury problems and now two players on suspension for red cards received in the first and second games of the season. Arsenal travels to Manchester United next and it won’t be an easy game for them. If Arsenal doesn’t buy any quality players before that game, Arsenal most probably will end up with just a single point from their opening three matches. It is still early in the season for them, but it doesn’t bode well.
Liverpool will be happy with their away win and will be looking forward to entertain Bolton at Anfield next. Dalglish seems to be still undecided about the best right back as he switched back to Martin Kelly for this match but the opposite is true for the midfield. He has started Lucas, Downing, Adam and Henderson in both opening matches and look for it to continue until Gerard becomes available again. Suarez started off the bench to score the second goal while Carroll didn’t manage to get on the scoresheet before he was substituted after 70 minutes. I believe that Suarez will get the nod for next week’s match if Dalglish decides to go with just one striker.
Next week: Liverpool v Bolton
Bolton lost to Manchester City 2-3 this week but has showed promise in their scoring department, scoring 6 goals in two games. Liverpool need to be wary of this. Ivan Klasnic has scored in both games for Bolton but so has Suarez. I think that Dalglish will play two strikers upfront again for this home game. But I would like to see Meireles starting this game in a 4-3-3 formation where Lucas, Meireles and Adams hold the midfield while Downing and Suarez roams the wings and Carroll upfront to capitalize on crosses into the box. Kuyt instead of Suarez and Suarez instead of Carroll would be good too. This will not be a very high scoring match but I doubt it will be a goalless draw either. I think that Liverpool just had a massive boost of confidence and the new signings should be celebrating their first Anfield victory this weekend.
Predicted score: 2-1
With different plans being offered by Maxis and DiGi in Malaysia, it can get confusing as to which plans offer the best prices. With that in mind, I have created a table which shows the minimum cost of ownership for a Galaxy SII over two years which compares available plans. Do take note that I am only listing a few of the comparisons as there can be numerous possibilities like 1 Year with DiGi and 1 Year with Maxis or 1 Year with DiGi and 1 Year with Prepaid, etc etc. It would be very time consuming to try and list down every single possibility. Use this table only as a guide. I am not affiliated with DiGi nor Maxis.
Google has announced that it is acquiring Motorola Mobility (the division that does mobile devices and tablets) for USD12.5 billion. This move is expected to greatly increase its Google’s patent portfolio and help Google and its partners to defend against patent lawsuits by the likes of Apple and Microsoft. One could also possibly envision that going forward, Google’s phones may be produced by Motorola Mobility (or whatever it will be renamed to after the acquisition). Google has so far had Nexus One built by HTC, Nexus S built by Samsung and a rumored new Nexus S coming without a confirmed manufacturer (LG, HTC, Samsung has all been mentioned) but Google may well decide to have it built in-house once the deal has been finalized and approved. If its too late to cancel the order, then look for the fourth Nexus phone to be built in-house.
Only time will tell if Google made the right decision and ultimately if it benefits us users. In the short term, all major manufacturers of Android handsets have welcomed the move. As long as Google doesn’t leave the rest of the major Android handset manufacturers out in the cold, I think we should have a good thing happening here.