Quantcast
Bunch of 5s: "Favourite Luis Garcia goals" - Bunch of Fives - The Liverpool Way Jump to content

Welcome to the new and improved TLW!

 

Some of you may experience issues logging in and will get an 'incorrect password' error. Don't worry, you haven't typed it in wrong and your password hasn't been changed. You will need to reset it though in order to log in. Click the reset password link and you will receive an email with your new temporary password. Once logged in, you need to choose a new password (or restore to your old one) otherwise you will be locked out again.

 

If you have an out of date email address linked to your account, then you won't receive the new password. If that's the case then you'll need to email me (dave @liverpoolway.co.uk) or send me a tweet @theliverpoolway and I'll update your password manually. 

 

Any other problems or questions just let me know.

 

Thanks

Dave



tlw content
tlw content
Sign in to follow this  

Bunch of 5s: "Favourite Luis Garcia goals"

    In his three years on Merseyside Luis Garcia scored 30 goals. Some were spectacular, some were spectacularly important, some were spectacular as well as spectacularly important. All 30, however, brought us joy. Julian Richards selects his five favourite Luis Garcia goals. . .

One of the ways that a person can be reminded of the speed with which time passes is when a favourite footballer retires, and boy was Luis Garcia a favourite.  Bought in the summer of 2004, he was an oasis of skill and attacking wonder after the desert of the last years of Gerard Houllier’s reign. 

 

He was only at the club for just over three years but in that time he provided moments that will outlive most of us. He was never more prolific in front of goal than he was for Liverpool (Barcelona B excluded) and regularly showed a flair for the dramatic. I’ve often opined that in football, context is king and no one seemed to thrive more on that than Luis Garcia. 

 

So here, for your enjoyment, are five of the best from the little man with the penchant for scoring big goals.

 


 

5 Norwich City (A) 3rd January 2005:  

 

garciagoal5.jpg

 

This probably isn’t a memorable goal for many people as it was scored against lowly opposition in an early kick off in cold January. It’s a quality goal though; a deft lob over the keeper and it provided a glimpse of just how creative Garcia could be in front of goal. 

 

As you’ll see as we move on, thie echo of this type of goal would show up in the biggest of moments for Luis. From distance? Check. The keeper left bewildered? Check. This goal would have bigger brothers but as a demonstration of Garcia’s improvisation and skill, it’s up there.

 


 

 

4 Everton (H) 25th March 2006: 

garciagoal4.jpg

 

Derby fixtures are always explosive but none more than during the Benitez era, where red cards and bruising battles were always on the menu. Gerrard got things off to an early start in this one when he was sent off after 18 minutes for two yellow cards. Luckily we were playing a David Moyes Everton team so the task of playing with ten men for the majority of the game was no real issue. 

 

Phil Neville graciously gave us the lead but it was Garcia was solidified it with a cool chipped finish over the onrushing Richard Wright. Want to cement your legacy at Liverpool? Score in a winning encounter in a derby match *glares at Joe Allen*.

 


 

 

3 Chelsea (Old Trafford) 22nd April 2006:  

 

garciagoal3.jpg

 

We seemed to play Chelsea every month during this season and we hadn’t managed to come out on top in any of the encounters. The Champions League games were marked only by how cagey and dull they were, whilst Chelsea had their way with us in the league matches. 

 

When it came to the F.A. Cup however, the Reds managed to show that they still had a little bit of magic when needed, and of course it was provided by Luis. I think we all know there’s another goal against Chelsea in this list but for all Chelsea’s attempts at rewriting the narrative on that one, this one was as emphatic as it gets. 

 

I like to think that this was Garcia’s ‘eff you’ to Chelsea and that he also said to at least one of their players ‘you think that one crossed the line?’; it did, and with gusto. 

 

 


 

2 Juventus (H) 5th April 2005:  

 

garciagoal2.jpg

 

 

This was the biggest night at Anfield in decades. Back in the latter stages of the European Cup and facing off against one of the powerhouses of European football. The Juventus team that night contained luminaries such as Buffon, Cannavaro, Thuram, Nedved and Del Piero. In fairness to them, they were gracious enough to also include Zlatan Ibrahimovic, so we can’t knock them for that. 

 

To add to the tension, we had Scott Carson in goal in what also became the biggest night of his football career, plus Tony Le T and Igor Biscan lining up in the starting eleven. The atmosphere was crackling before kick off, like only those warm spring evenings can be at football matches, and the game was ignited when Hyypia scored after ten minutes. Just when we thought we were all dreaming, little Luis scored this goal and we all knew we were wide awake, and we began to dream as big as we dared.   

 

 


 

 

Chelsea (H) 3rd May 2005: 

 

garciagoal1.jpg

 

Could it be anything else? Not just the biggest goal in Garcia’s career but possibly one of the biggest goals in club history. If the atmosphere was crackling against Juventus then here it was almost indescribable. Those who were there will remember it forever, those who weren’t will forever rue the fact that they could not attend. 

 

The fact that this goal still rankles with Mourinho after all these years adds the cherry to the top of the Garcia sundae. Springing on the loose ball after Baros had been clattered by Cech, Luis turned the ball over the line after four minutes and the stage was set for one of the tensest encounters ever committed to a football pitch. 

 

Chelsea would wail about the perceived injustice of it but they always seem to forget that a penalty and red card would have been the other outcome had the ball not crossed the line. If you’d offered them a goal conceded after four minutes or a goal and a red card, they’d have taken the former without hesitation. 

 

They couldn’t break us down for the remainder of the game and were sent out knowing what a real football team and its fans were like. Moments like this are etched in folklore and Luis Garcia will always be lauded alongside it. 

 

Julian Richards


Sign in to follow this  


User Feedback

Recommended Comments

Can't disagree with that too much, I'd probably have shoehorned in the late winner against Arsenal in there somewhere.  It was only a tap in, but the place erupted when that went in.

 

The header against Everton too when Morientes hit the bar, that was ace and almost caused the roof to come off.  Was that the game when he ended up hobbling round but stayed on as we were down to ten men and had used all our subs?  Or was that the one mentioned in the piece?

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Technically and aesthetically I would say his best goal was THAT header. Hes on the edge of the box and the ball wasn't overly powerful. I genuinely dont think there are many players ever who could have pulled off what he did with that ball. In terms of gravitas though the top 4 are correct and in the right order for me!

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

I watched the Juve goal the other day, and realised that Le Tallec's pass wasn't even meant for Garcia, so the one good thing he did in his time here was actually a fluke.

He scored a winner against Chelsea on my birthday winning me a hundred quid so he still managed to get one thing right.

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites

He scored a winner against Chelsea on my birthday winning me a hundred quid so he still managed to get one thing right.

 

That was Cheyrou. If your bet was on first goalscorer, your bookie was a div!

Share this comment


Link to comment
Share on other sites


Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×