A Chat With A Liverpool Blogger
Ahead of tomorrow’s visit to Anfield, a quick chat with Red Floyd from Have You Ever Been To Liverpool, a Liverpool blog.
A disappointing season so far, very much a mixture of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. What has gone wrong compared to last season?
Sadly it’s been more “bad” and “ugly” than “good”. I know it sounds like an excuse but the injuries we’ve had have been horrendous. No squad, no matter what their strength in depth, would be able to cope with that – at one point we have eleven players out.
Because of that continuity and consistency has suffered, especially in defence. Although things have picked up a little in this part of the pitch we’ve let in some really poor goals and the old problem, of not being able to deal with set pieces, remains.
I am at a loss as why we continually fall foul of this. Even when players have come back from injury they’ve taken time to find their feet. Clearly that happens when you come back from injury but it doesn’t help if the rest of the side is patched up!
How much of a loss was Alonso? Has it been the key difference?
People also hark on about the selling of Alonso and although one player doesn’t make a team Aquilani’s longer than expected spell in the treatment room hasn’t helped make up for his loss. Babel continues to misfire and although Ngog has done well, we don’t have a recognized top class striker to complement/replace Torres.
I guess one also has to bear in mind that our rivals are also stronger compared to last season Chelsea are more settled under Ancelloti; I thought you had improved until recently and the Mancs well, they are the Mancs – Spurs, City and Villa have began well.
Each season Arsenal fans face a transfer window barrage of stories about Cesc Fabregas’ future. How long before the big two Spanish clubs come knocking, through the press, for Fernando Torres or Pepe Reina?
If you’ve decent foreign player it goes with the territory. Both our players seem happy with us and life in the North West. Torres has signed a new contract and Reina is about to.
Inevitably both will move on at some stage, probably when Rafa does. However, I’m confident they will be with us for a few more years yet. The major condition is that we need to keep improving the squad, keep qualifying for the Champions League and win some silver or it won’t be just Reina and Torres who want out
The media tell us that the owners of Liverpool are hawking the club around or at the very least, seeking to sever their partnership. Would the Americans selling be a good thing for the club?
No doubt the Americans will point to locking down key players with new contracts, a shiny new shirt sponsorship deal and the signing of players such as Torres, Mascherano etc as evidence that they are improving the club.
However, most Liverpool fans, including me, would be very, very glad to see the back of them. I can understand the delay with the stadium given the current economic climate but they are clearly floundering. Ultimately no one is fooled, Hicks and Gillett bought the club by placing it into debt and will probably sell as soon as they can realise a decent profit. That won’t be done until the new ground is built and other leveraging, mainly on the commercial side, is done.
Is there any illusion about why they bought Liverpool in the first place?
In short we are nothing but an investment opportunity, they are shafting us big style? Buying into an English football club isn’t the same as ice hockey or “rounders” teams in the US and I certainly don’t think they anticipated the depth of feeling there is at the club and how precious to is to the fans.
Hicks in particularly came up with some nauseating, ill judged nonsense when he first joined which rubbed everyone’s back up. I suspect it’s been an eye opener for them. Although they had little idea about what they are taking on, both are hardened businessman and I’m sure they will not let this, and the resulting unpopularity, distract them from their main financial goal.
With Everton failing to get planning permission for their new ground in Kirby, is there any merit in the two clubs sharing a new stadium? Is there any will at Liverpool to make this work?
I can’t see it happening however, if it did we’d have a great stadium that the whole city could be proud of, who knows everyone in time might get used to it? Financially a joint building project would make sense but I guess the owners want their own stadium to maximize revenue and the fans and club will feel a slight loss of identity if they have to share?
How long do you think Rafa Benitez has left should this season end trophyless, especially if the league title looks nothing but a distant dream come next May?
On the practical side it would cost the owners too much to sack Rafa, in terms of paying off his contract and then recruiting a successor. More importantly I don’t think we should follow the knee jerk reactions of other clubs and ditch mangers at the first sign of things going wrong.
Rafa’s been unlucky this season and, as a result, I would be prepared to give him more time. Partly because some of things that have happened this season are been clearly out of his control and because quite simply I like him even though he’s cantankerous, bloody minded old get at times!
The more flack he receives the more I want him to stay and prove them wrong. Overall there is still a great deal of goodwill towards him, as result of the Champions League win and because of the way he was treated by the owners a few years back when they talked to Klinsmann behind his back. I suspect all the recent media flack strengthens these ties.
In short Rafa will remain in post as long as the fans want him there.