Owen rumours and thanks Arsenal, now let’s make it count!

I’m not really a fan of the Monday night match.

Many say that all games should kick off at three o’clock on a Saturday. Totally agreed although secretly, I’m not too averse to the 4pm Sunday match. However Monday was always pushing it too far. Each set of games should be confined to the weekend and not spill over into the working week. If nothing else Monday night is an opportunity to get some kip after the weekend!

However, for once tonight’s “Sultana” game at Anfield against West Ham is welcome from a timing point of view. We now have an excellent opportunity to go clear at the top by three points and unlike last week, when we only discovered we’d missed our chance after we got into the dressing room after Fulham game, we know the full extent of our task.

Chelsea’s unexpected defeat yesterday also comes at good time for us. Below par performances against Fulham and Marseille have kick started whisperings about cracks beginning to appear in our challenge. However, yesterday’s match at Stamford Bridge, and knowing where we could be if all goes well tonight, will surely inspire confidence and above all the determination to put things right? How much more incentive do we need?

Of course it could work the other way the players could freeze, daunted by the task and the increased weight of expectation. However, this is a chance that must be taken and thoughts of failure should be outweighed by those of keeping it simple, being patient and trying to play the way we know can play.

Team wise we will be without Torres which means Robbie Keane will come under more scrutiny and pressure to perform. His plight cannot have been helped by Sunday Red Top rumours about us resigning Michael Owen in the January transfer window.

On paper the case for Owen’s return would appear to be a good one. Newcastle, appear to be stalling on his contract because of the behind the scenes unrest and are unlikely to offer him the deal he is currently receiving. Neither are we but Owen has strong ties in the area not least his racing stable near Chester so a return would be convenient?

Quiet what Rafa will think about this having sold Owen once I don’t know. However, with Keane struggling, at least in terms of scoring, perhaps we will be tempted to bring him back? The circumstances, in terms of price and wages, are much more favourable than they were in 2007 when Real Madrid decided to sell him and Owen, despite his tendency to get injured, is one of the few who still comes close to matching Torres’ instinct for goals. And if we were to make an offer, I suspect Owen would not need to be asked to twice about returning?

Back to tonight. Last season West Ham snatched three points from us at Upton Park with a late penalty but we won comfortably at Anfield with Torres getting a hat trick in the 4-0 win. It might be a tad harder tonight but I think (with everything crossed) we will take our chance with both hands to the tune of 2-0. Please!

Enjoy the game and let’s hope it’s not a case of “I don’t like Mondays”

Related posts (not auotmatically generated!)
January 2008 West Ham 1 Liverpool 0
March 2008 – Liverpool 4 West Ham 0
May 2007 – Owen and a return to Liverpool

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5 Responses to Owen rumours and thanks Arsenal, now let’s make it count!

  1. blizt says:

    It’s actually the best case scenario given that midweek we had Marseille our players had the rest. Plus we don’t have any midweek games this week so we are by far the best prepared team.

    Michael Owen is perfect for a return. Injury prone sadly but he only had it when he moved away from Anfield. I’m sure its not a coincidence he didn’t have this problem with us and I’m confident about our medical staff. Anyway he and Torres can take turn on the table. So one won’t feel left out of the team and sorts.

    Tomorrow, its a must for Kuyt to partner Keane. Keane needs a partner to feed off or feed to. Clearly his best game was at West Brom when he had a strike partner no matter who it is. He is definitely not a target man and he is the classic 4-4-2 striker. I just hope Rafa sees this stupid formation with Gerrard behind is just plain stupid. That only works for torres.

  2. Gebreyesus says:

    Rather than Owen Liverpool can benefit if they bring Martins. The Nigerian is fast and tirdless. Own has gone, all his skill (200-2002)and he is effective only for 20-30mts.

  3. redfloyd says:

    Blizt

    I agree but what’s the betting Owen and Torres will be out together!

    Re Kuyt I suspect that’s what Rafa will do but I do think he should use Ryan Babel more. I’d really like to see he’d get on in the centre with Keane. However, bearing the mind tonight’s circumstances I suspect Rafa will play it safe.

  4. redfloyd says:

    Gebreyesus

    Possibly but there’s an issue – cost!

  5. shane75 says:

    Trying being a Swansea fan, our derby game with Cardiff kicked off at 11.15 yesterday morning!

    Good to see the blog in good shape not been over for a while.

    Shane
    http://www.footballhotels.co.uk

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