Grrrgh that Monday morning feeling was made even worse by the usual work place “post mortems” from people who only take passing interest.
“How can you beat Real Madrid in one match and then lose to Middlesbrough?” I should have typed out the answer, photocopied it and handed it out such was the number of times I was asked that today. Trouble is I wouldn’t have known what to type!
The gloom was heighted on Sunday by the Mancs taking the Mickey Mouse Cup (only so called when we don’t win it!) with yet another penalty shoot out. Too much for me that, I spent the afternoon painting the garden fence!
Not surprisingly it seems we’ve been written off by nearly everybody. From the red tops to the broadsheets. There appears be no one who will give us a chance apart from Fabio Aurelio bless and salute him….
“We have lost a great opportunity to try to get closer to Manchester United but we must bounce back now and beat Sunderland at Anfield on Tuesday night. We will still keep on fighting because we know in football that anything can happen. We won’t give up and we will now try to win every game.”
Rafa is more realistic
“We just have to keep doing our job. We just have to keep trying to improve. Finishing second would still be an achievement…We can talk about positions, but at the end of the day we just have to win the next game.”
Too true. I guess it could be a blessing in disguise to go into “the next game” so soon after Saturday’s defeat? A chance to blow away the cobwebs and all that. Tonight’s visit of Sunderland to Anfield provides just such an opportunity.
I guess it will be interesting to see how we react to Saturday and what Rafa will do. Torres is still injured and as is Arbeloa however, I’m not sure we will see a repeat of the solution Rafa applied to those problems on Saturday? Martin Srktel looked very uncomfortable at right back, time for Jamie Carragher to fill in this time? Up front everyone seems to be firing blanks these days so Rafa might as well put all the forward’s names into a hat and draw out two!
Sunderland have proved to be a sterner test since Roy Keane departed as seen in them being the latest in a long line of clubs to get a scoreless draw at The Emirates. If they achieve the same result at Anfield I think I’ll go and lock myself in the garden shed and not come until June!
Prediction? Any sort of win to stop the rot would do, anything!
Enjoy the game!