The biggest test for this new season comes up this coming weekend against our eternal rivals at Old Trafford. I must admit that Liverpool are not yet gelling as a team with that so-called ‘cutting edge’ as I know we need some more time for real chemistry after so many squad alterations; and with a new manager at the helm. Nevertheless, I want to hope that in the heat of this bitter rivalry against Manchester United that we at least see the real spirit of Liverpool displayed on the pitch come Sunday. My greatest concern at this point seeks to repeat that of many fans and pundits alike – the perceived unhappy countenance of Fernando Torres of late. I personally won’t bash our only dependable striker of quality, as now is neither the time or place, and for me I hope it will never be necessary to do that, but If he could just somehow hear me and heed my words here: We need him to forget all the negative issues surrounding the club and wherever else the possible source of his apparent low-keyed demeanour and just start doing the things on the football pitch that brings back the smile to his face and all the LFC fans alike. His only goal so far this season gave us a welcome reminder of his brilliance and if he can reproduce such genius and even that of his best moments for Spain in his last international against Liechtenstein earlier this month(where he scored a truly well taken double) then I would be the happiest fan alive at the end of what is probably going to be our most heated ninety minutes of football so far this season.
We expect the team to step up to the plate and hopefully drop what I believe is some nervousness in some aspects of our game and give more movement and support to the attack in the final third led by the dependable Gerrard and Torres. The squares are coming up short so far and might be partly due to the same reason – not enough clinical targets in the box but we must continue to work hard and we will get better. Incidentally, we haven’t seen the best of Stevie G so far this season but I cannot wait to see what happens in this crucial game as this fixture invariably brings out the best in our top campaigners year after year.
Move for striker when the window re-opens: We need top class signings, not stop gaps…
As we continue to patiently wait for those well publicised desires to be fulfilled with regards to acquiring some needed quality support for Torres, I was somewhat surprised to see that Roy Hodgson’s last moment dealings involved trying to get Carlton Cole to move to Anfield. In the end I was happy at how it turned out as I along with so many other Liverpool fans who agree when I say that C. Cole is definitely not a purchase I would consider as he just doesn’t score enough goals.
I honestly think I understand the gaffers decision at the last minute only because I believe he wants a strong striker that can play on his own if required and also hold up the ball efficiently and score at least ten goals a season. However, go back for one second to the days of Emile Heskey and you will understand when I now re-iterate an interesting comment from one of our readers some time ago, “ if the player is not top class then we shouldn’t buy at all, just stick with what we have and hope for new owners who will provide a sufficient transfer budget and until then lets just hope and pray for a top four finish this season”. This point is even more valid since we seem intent on playing with one striker as a point man, therefore whoever comes in must definitely be world class.
Incidentally, I had the fortune of watching Bryan Ruiz(a very recently rumoured LFC target) play for Costa Rica against Jamaica in an International friendly at the National Stadium in Kingston on September 5, 2010. The ‘Reggae Boyz’ being at home were strong as usual against equal CONCACAF opposition and came out well deserved 1:0 winners on the night. However, what interested me most was the fact that Ruiz was never a threat for almost the entire 90 minutes. He produced one move and shot with is weaker right foot, just inside the box, which went straight to the keeper. Furthermore, I was able to confirm that even though he comes back well and supports the play in the middle, his right foot is actually non-existent and I saw not even a glimspe of any exceptional skill to write home about. The other disturbing fact was that as a natural ‘lefty’ he still couldn’t work up a single strike on his favourite side all night. It might sound a bit biased but he reminded me of a certain Spaniard of our past – step up Fernando Morientes – and even after one match I am convinced that Bryan Ruiz of FC Twente is not the right choice either. I can only hope Roy had the opportunity to come to this same conclusion and as a result will not even bother to revisit this option when the new window opens in January 2011.
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