Friday, February 6, 2009

So... Liverpool. F*cked, or Proper F*cked?


Despite this discussion almost kicking off on our Facebook page, I thought it should be brought here.

As there is barely anything constituting news, I look at Liverpool and I wonder: just how screwed are they? The media's been having a lot of fun with it, using Gerrard's untimely hamstring knack to lay into Benitez and the sale of Robbie Keane, and not undeservedly either.

Rafa did bank on the Gerrard/Torres tandem as being able to shoulder the burden of that Irishman's departure, and barely 48 hours later, the proverbial Rome was in ruins.

So now Stevie is out for a minimum of three weeks, and will likely miss the 1st leg of the Real Madrid match. I despair, but I ask all of you for your opinions. At least three weeks in the EPL is an eternity, and we can't afford to be behind in the CL fixture before the captain comes back.

So: predictions? Thoughts? Long-term effects on Rafa's tenure?

10 comments:

phil said...

I'm wondering if Rafa's fate rest less on 'Pool's performance in this year's CL, and more on securing a spot in next year's CL. If he fails to keep 'Pool top 4, I think he's gone for sure.

The Fan's Attic said...

The fixtures are kind though for the next few weeks.

There are only two EPL matches in those three weeks, against Pompey and Citeh. I would like to think we can win those without Gerrard.

The first leg of the CL will be touch and go depending on Gerrard's hammy. Although, I would be inclined to sit him out given the nature of hamstring injuries.

Mike Georger said...

They have gotten on without him before.
What will kill them is Torres blowing his hammie out for Spain.

Mike Georger said...

Oh, and you know who would fit real well in the #10 role that Gerrard was working with Keane? Andriy Voronin.

Mike Georger said...

*with Torres, not Keane

phil said...

Did Rafa buy Voronin, too? I always felt Voronin never really adapted to the English game, or maybe he was never given a chance to adapt. I'm not sure which.

Andrew said...

Voronin had a good run of games early in the 07-08 season, but then a Rafa forgot about him, as a Rafa is wont to do.

Mike Georger said...

He got him on a free. He played very well until his ankle injury, then never really got back into the team. The bulk of his time with the Ukranian national team was spent as a providing midfielder for Sheva though.

Ian said...

Good lord you Scousers are like a whiny emo band. Don't forget you are still second in the table and have your best shot at the league in about two decades.

JT said...

Ian: it's called a "slow news day". We can hold a Gooners candlelight vigil for their dying CL hopes, if you'd like.