Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Liverpool Put Red Devils to the Sword

English football’s greatest fixture on Sunday was highly anticipated. What's more, it was played in front of a 54,000-sell-out crowd. 

Liverpool went into the game against Manchester United – knowing they needed a win against their arch-rivals to move back to the top of the table. Especially after Man City had thumped Everton 3-1 on Saturday. 

And we really wanted to win because of the bragging rights too. 

The Reds turned on their magic, winning 3-1. They had put the Red Devils to the sword. 

Sadio Mane's 24th-minute volley from Fabinho's pinpoint delivery gave Liverpool the lead their lightning start merited – and then, an awful error by goalkeeper Alisson gave Man U an unlikely lifeline before the break when he fumbled Romelu Lukaku's cross into the path of Jesse Lingard. 

But the £13m signing Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to score two goals (73, 80) – two deflected shots within the space of seven minutes – first off Ashley Young and the second off Eric Bailly. 

Pointing to the Reds, Jose Mourinho said: “They are fast, intense, aggressive, physical. They play 200 mph with the ball and without the ball”. Very true!

And Liverpool collected the three points to return to the top of the table. 

I was in Rumah Puspanita in KL’s Jalan Hose for the NAWEM Toastmasters meeting on Monday. A high-octane meeting flowing with so much exuberant energy!

There, I delivered my last speech to finish another round of the CC manual. It was a CC #5 Your Body Speaks where I was expected to complement words with posture, stance, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact. My speech title was “Toastmastering Tsunami”. 

Just as with the Competent Communication manual, Round #51 – I completed Round #52 in exactly 27 days. 

Having submitted my Competent Leadership Round #23 yesterday – and with the latest CC addition – I have now earned a total of 103 Toastmasters Awards.

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