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利物浦势不可挡

2009-03-25 10:25BBC英语教学频道

Liverpool Run Riot

Steven Gerrard
Steven Gerrard celebrates his third goal against Aston Villa
  Two weeks is a long time in football.

  A fortnight ago Manchester United’s position at the top of the Premier League seemed unassailable.

  Now they are just one point ahead of Liverpool after losing their last two games.

  And while Manchester United are asking themselves what has happened to their season, Liverpool are enjoying a spell of unbridled success.

  Liverpool have been on fireof late, scoring 13 goals in their last three games, culminating in the 5-0 pasting handed to Aston Villa on Sunday.

  It seems that the Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez can afford a little understatement given the form his team is in.

  "We were scoring goals but didn’t play particularly well," said Benitez, describing Sunday’s 5-0 victory.

  "Someone asked me why I was not smiling during the game," Benitez continued, "it was because I wanted more goals."

  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who scored his first Premiership hat-trick in the Aston Villa game, was eager to get his third goal in case his manager decided to take him off.

  "You always worry if you’ll get the chance to complete the hat-trick when Rafa’s in charge," said Gerrard.

  "He might take you off when you’re on two just to keep your feet on the ground," Gerrard added, meaning the manager wants to stop his players from becoming big-headed.

  Benitez seemed to be keeping his feet on the ground when he summed up Liverpool’s hopes of overtaking Manchester United and winning the league for the first time since 1990.

  "If United do make mistakes, we must be ready, and that means carrying on doing what we are doing and winning points," Benitez said.

  And making mistakes is exactly what Manchester United have been doing.

  Two United players were sent off during Saturday’s game against Fulham which Manchester United lost 2-0, and three key players are suspended for their next league game.

  But United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is not throwing in the towel just yet.

  "If you lose games in March and April it can cost you. Fortunately we have a slender lead at the moment but not a lot and I'm hoping we come back from the internationals back to our best," said Sir Alex.

  Vocabulary

  unassailable 攻不破的
  unbridled success 大胜/狂胜
  on fire 势头强大的
  culminating 达到高峰
  pasting 击败
  understatement 保守的说法
  hat-trick 帽子戏法/一人进三球
  big-headed 自大的
  overtaking 超越
  sent off 被罚下场
  key players 关键球员
  suspended 停赛
  throwing in the towel 放弃
  slender lead 微弱领先

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