Another very quiet week. It seems ages since I wrote something on The Reds but that’s’ the way it is with these international breaks and the FA Cup. Some clubs only played two games in March! Not a situation that squares with those who call for a mid season break?
The Wales v England game was uneventful however, I guess as Liverpool fans we should take some encouragement from Andy Carroll’s first goal for his country, against Ghana the following Tuesday? It was a well taken one and a good sign, for England and more importantly Liverpool, that he is approaching the form we know he is capable of after a long lay off injured. Grounds for encouragement and a time to praise Carroll for the comeback he appears to be well on the way to making? Not so if you are named Fabio Capello!
“He needs to improve, to drink less. His behaviour now is really important.”
Lovely Fabio thanks for that, I bet Carroll’s well chuffed! No one knows what went on in South Africa and what caused England to perform so badly however, comments which are devoid of emotional intelligence such as this from Capello perhaps give us an indication as to part of the problem? Does Carroll really deserve to be the butt of such personal comments especially after doing well? Did Bobby Robson make such remarks about Paul Gascoigne? Ditto Terry Venables and Tony Adams?
Kenny could have laid into Capello with both barrels as I guess they could be construed as a hint at a lack of control at club level. No doubt a more “precious” manager with a bigger ego (I’m not naming anyone but you can guess who they are, there are plenty of candidates) would? However Kenny chose a different tack…
“..Andy’s never bought me a drink! I’ve been with him at Boyzone concerts and he’s still never bought me a drink”
Kenny’s comments have done Capello a big favour, one he doesn’t deserve, and calmed the situation however, but one wonders if we’ll be so accommodating to future call up requests as a result? In his time as manager (first and second coming) Kenny has never personally criticised any member of the Liverpool squad in public so surely, albeit privately, he will take a dim view of Capello’s utterances?
Meanwhile we have more comments which have overstepped the mark but this time closer to home. Standard Chartered are our shirt sponsors and nothing more. However someone called Gavin Laws believes differently and sees fit to comment on who we should sign.
“The real power for what Liverpool could do for us, and I think for the English Premier League, is if there was a way they could nurture foreign players from Asia … The markets in Asia and the Middle East are so nationalistic, they are very proud about their countries. One appearance from a player, say from Dubai in the Premier League, and you’d have the whole of Dubai watching it.”
You could down the road re regarding Asian talent or even a pc one however, there is no reason to do so. Laws is simply commenting on things that do not concern him. An £80m shirt deal does not give him, or his bank, any say over the way the team is run. As for increasing Liverpool’s popularity by having home grown players, is that true? Liverpool are already popular in Asia thanks to their success on the field which has been achieved without Asian players. Suffice to say that if we found an Asian player who was good enough to play for Liverpool I’ve no doubt we would sign him. Next Kenny comments on Standard Chartered’s bonus payments to employees!
Anyway to West Brom and our first game at three o’clock on a Saturday afternoon since oh when Roy Hodgson was manager? What are the odds of him getting some revenge over us today at The Hawthorns? No doubt HRH will want to prove to us that we made a mistake in letting him go. We need to wary of this and the fact that going into this game his new side are four games unbeaten.
It’s interesting that in the lead up HRH said he felt overshadowed by Kenny’s presence when he was at Anfield.
“When you don’t get that flying start and there is a change of ownership, I’m afraid you are at risk as a manager, especially when there is a man of Kenny Dalglish’s iconic stature waiting in the wings and prepared to take over.”
I guess as things started to go badly and fans started calling for him the Kenny thing probably become more of an issue however surely HRH has been in the game long enough to be professional enough and not to let it get to him? Did Kenny say anything or interfere in team affairs? Surely the failure in that area was the responsibility of HRH?
Whatever the case there is no room for sentiment and I hope that we continue to perform until the end of the season in the hope that we might sneak into the European back door? The break has done some good, Steven Gerrard is fitter but one doubts if Kenny will risk him? Luis Suarez, who went off against Sunderland, is back however Aurelio and Kelly still sit it out.
Prediction? The discomfort of West Ham defeat has been soothed by a good win on the road at Sunderland and I reckon we will continue with this. 2-0 to us and Carroll to build on Tuesday’s goal. If he does may be we shouldn’t begrudge him a drink!
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