Thursday, 28 August 2008

Is that the sound of desperate Koppites?

Last night I ate my way through almost a full tub of M & S ‘Extremely Chocolaty Mini Rolls’, one bag of cashew nuts, one bag of Walkers ‘Gary’s Lamb Curry’ crisps and an eight chunk Dairy Milk such was my apprehension watching Liverpool struggle to a 1-0 extra time victory against Standard Liege.

Dirk Kuyt eventually bundled home Ryan (not Marcus) Babel’s cross after 117 agonising minutes. Ironically it was probably the first time in 210 minutes of both legs that a Liverpool player had proffered a cross from wide. Hernandez reflects the commonly held opinion that Liverpool needs a winger, fast.

I wholeheartedly agree and I also endorse his contention that Albert Riera will not suffice. Stuart Downing has Premiership pedigree and is available for around £14 million. If Liverpool cannot muster such a sum in order to launch a realistic challenge, there is something seriously amiss at Anfield.

9 comments:

deiseach said...

Markus Babel. Freudian slip? Wishful thinking? In joke? Chocolate poisoning?

Chekov said...

Whoops Ryan of course.

Hernandez said...

You definitely get the sense that the Americans have underestimated the amount of investment required to win titles. The failure to cough up an extra £2m for Gareth Barry speaks volums. But then, perhaps deep down they aren't really interested in winning titles.

Chekov said...

Because I don't believe that Barry is where the investment is needed most I wasn't too upset about the failure to get him, failing to get a winger is a different matter. What about Silva from Spain? As you say they simply don't appreciate that it takes sustained investment in top quality players, rather than bringing in one (perhaps two if Keane shows his worth). I'm dreading two weeks time.

fair_deal said...

It isn't the Americans or money that are the problems it is Benitez.

Hernandez said...

So if we got rid of Benitez who would step in? Allardyce? Curbishly? Moyes? The truth is theres not a lot out there. Mourinho, a proven Premiership winner (twice) would have been good but he is taken now.

Chekov said...

Certainly I don't think that there has been much progress under Rafa. Champions League aside, have we actually got any better since the Frenchman left? I'm not too sure. Certainly the brand of football we're playing is pretty dreadful to watch. I take the point that there isn't an obvious candidate to replace Benitez, but I suspect that the fractiousness caused by Hicks & Gillett has actually deflected criticism away from the manager. Certainly getting rid of them is a priority, but will Rafa ever bring the title to Anfield? I have my doubts.

Hernandez said...

I doubt whetehr ANY manager will bring the title to Liverpool until Ferguson retires.

Chekov said...

It isn't down to Ferguson alone. Arsenal and Chelsea have done it. There's no reason why Liverpool couldn't launch a challenge. None whatsoever.