These days international weeks tend to be nothing more than pain in ar*e.
Clubs wave off their best players with motherly concern hoping that they will come back safely and in one piece. I’ve lost count of the number of times the likes of Torres (although it doesn’t matter now), Gerrard, Kuyt etc, etc have been returned home by their country in a state that one would not expect to find them in.
This time however, it’s the timing. It couldn’t be any worse as we’re on a run, four games unbeaten and four clean sheets. It would have been nice to try and maintain that with another midweek club game or seeing the players get some rest before today’s game with Wigan. Nevertheless I guess we can take some heart from England’s game in Copenhagen? We saw some good performances from Poulsen and Agger, with a really well taken goal. Does it really matter who they played for?
Otherwise it’s been a dry week which has left Kenny and Steve Clarke time to comment on random aspects of the way things are going with the team, the youngsters, Glen Johnson’s move to the left and, always a good one this if you’re stuck for things to say, the talisman that is Jamie Carragher.
Anyway it’s Wigan today and for what seems an age, a Saturday afternoon 3pm kick off with no Sky or ESPN dictating things. The Sky sexism issue has been passed over by this writer because of well some fairly meaty transfer issues and some decent results. Much of the issues have been covered in the media and I don’t propose to go into in much more detail. Sky is part of Murdoch Empire so I look forward to other arms of this taking an equally robust stance on the exploitation of woman, presumably The Sun will be saying goodbye page three then? Gray and Keys’ comments were cheap and crass however, I also wonder if Sky’s reaction is also taking convenient opportunity to freshen things up on the presenting side? Ultimately however, like most pundits, Gray and Keys’ role is peripheral and out of all proportion to their opinions of themselves. They were no more than minor irritations, seldom interesting and certainly and very, very distant second to the real star of the show which of the course is the football itself.
And so to today’s game, Wigan at Anfeld. Go on we’ve all thought it, an easy opportunity to continue the run and make it five wins in a row? I daren’t even admit that I’ve thought that (I have, dam there I’ve just done it) because I’m still an advocate of Liverpool’s newly found law, it’s a variation on Murphy’s Law (or Danny Murphy’s law?) that if think you should win a match you will lose it. However let’s be positive, the Chelsea result was almost like the rain washing us clean of the past and giving a new beginning. No? OK may be a few stains and smells remain but at least bought back a feeling of joy that had been lacking for a long time and hopefully today we will build on that.
Team wise Steven Gerrard, who didn’t travel to Denmark, is still a doubt with a groin problem. Martin Skrtel is also a doubt so presumably Kyrgiakos will step in? Martin Kelly’s ankle shouldn’t keep him out. Andy Carroll is getting closer.
Prediction? Hopefully we will continue in a positive vain. The team seems to be thriving on having five across the back and it was refreshing to see so many different players getting forward at Stamford Bridge last weekend, a sign of confidence and the fact that they are enjoying themselves?. Wigan should present easier opposition so hopefully we will make bigger inroads 3-0 and improve on the poor 1-1 draw we had at their place earlier in the season?
Finally it’s always good to be honest and tell it like it is and football has its far share of folk who do just that Mick McCarthy, Ian Holloway, Roy Keane and now step forward Daniel Agger get this when discussing recent pre Dalglish form…
“How to explain that: look at the team; we played awful, we were shit…. “
Eat yer heart Mr Gray and Mr Keys! Next week Daniel describes David Cameron as “a bit of a prick”!
November 10th 2010 Premiership Wigna 1 Liverpool 1