Despite feeling a little sorry for Everton over their departure from the UEFA cup this season (and their dificult start to the Premier League Season), one can only marvel at the team that Standard Liege have put out in this seasons Champions League qualifiers and UEFA Cup.
Pushing Liverpool all the way, removing a strong team like Everton, and no doubt scaring every other competing team in this years UEFA competition, Liege are that most beautiful of things in Football: the team that is made up of players nobody really knew about before but everyone will recognise in years to come...like Ajax in the mid nineties and the Lyon team of the early to mid 2000's.
Crucial in Lieges success has been its Trio of African stars. Senegalese rock Mohamed Sarr has been simply sublime in all European competition, this season. Aerially he is dominant and has shown great game reading skills in dealing with attacks on the ground.
Nigerian-American Oguchi Onyewu has been similarly impressive. His stay at Fulham was surprisingly short, but he is demonstrating what an atheltic talent he is
Up front, the engimatic Dieudonne Mbokani has been a magnificent sole striker for the Belgian outfit. Though ably supported by the likes of Dalmat, Witsel and co, Mbokani skill and pace have enabled him to torment defences even when so support has been available.
Suffice to say, it would not be surprising to see Liege reach the latter stages of the UEFA cup this year