Tuesday, December 02, 2008

You'll Never Walk Alone

It's December and Liverpool are top of the League, but yet you just can't feel happy. 0-0 home draws against West Ham, Fulham and Stoke are a worrying trend. It doesn't bloody help, of course, that Rafa insists on setting his teams up to not lose matches, even against teams who have no intention of coming out to play. Starting the world's worst Brazilian - Lucas - and a clearly tired Javier Mascherano against Fulham... Fulham!... was only ridiculous. The line-up was slightly better against West Ham but Robbie Keane just isn't a lone striker and, really, it should have been Babel that started instead of Benayoun. And as for the full backs, well Jesus wept...

I've kept the jets cool on Sunderland so far, and I might keep them cold for a little longer. West Brom and Hull are due up; six points there and it will be all 'Crisis? What crisis?' from the Keane apologists. Another couple of defeats, though, and it could be goodbye to Chequebook Royston - a manager who collects footballers the way I collect beermats - and a slash and burn of the squad during the January transfer window. The amount of empty seats in the Stadium of Light are becoming more noticeable too. Irish football fans not as loyal as hoped?...
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