MAYBE I should be full of more joy then I am. We thrashed the weakened assortment of players put before us by the might of Swansea, then we schooled Zenit St Petersburg at Anfield; but I’m struggling to muster up any real joy.
The green shoots of slow recovery are there to be seen but life is short. The balance between patience and hair trigger reaction is a tricky one.
Liverpool FC have exited three cups with weakened teams.
Rodgers likes players he has worked with before to the extent he has bought players Joe Allen and Fabio Borini for inflated prices and wanted Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson (but the player chose to go elsewhere for the money). Now he is being heavily linked with Ashley Williams and Michael Vorm, and again, it’s for inflated prices.
In my opinion Rogers likes to buy those he knows; his preference for this is a little too heavy for my liking. Unless you count possibly spending £8.5million for a star with acknowledged pedigree – once called ‘the future of Inter Milan’ – it suggests to me that he doesn’t have an eye for a player, or at least a decent scouting set-up. Newcastle and Swansea have real scouts and/or managers with an eye for a player.
Under King Kenny we got to two finals, won one, just missed out on the FA Cup and finishing sixth in the league, and in my opinion we were better off. That wasn’t good enough. We were playing attacking football and Andy Carroll started to look like a real player – that wasn’t good enough. How does our current situation of less achievement and the same sort of attacking football differ?
Rodgers doesn’t feel like he’s cut from the Liverpool cloth. Rodgers defending of his old players and club whenever they are in trouble, be they wrong or right, even against Liverpool shows he’s not really one of us in my opinion. I just can’t get my head round that. Ashley Williams wanted to punch Suarez and Rodgers says I’m sure he didn’t mean it! No Rodgers, you say ‘how dare you’, and complain to the media and FA regarding a lack of professionalism.
Rafael Benitez is showing he can work with crazy owners and had learned lessons. Unashamedly, I want Rafa back. This new, improved Rafa will still have off days against weaker opposition, but in my opinion not as many as Brendan Rodgers.
FSG, please listen. Rafa is Liverpool through and through. He should never have left. He has been overlooked twice but please don’t make it thrice. Bring back Rafa ASAP.
I see the argument to give Rodgers more time but life is short. Stevie G isn’t getting any younger! Those who work out nowadays tend to hit the ground running. Fergy did what he did at the beginning but no one else has had that sort of start and come good, at least no one in the Premiership era.
Rafa will be free to sign and is still one of the top managers in the world. He’s learnt from errors and is now Rafa 4.0. He will not have any contractual costs to pay existing employers.
Rafa 1.0 managed a promotion and relegation with Extremadura. He improved; Rafa 2.0 succeeded at Valencia. He again improved; Rafa 3.0 succeeded at Liverpool, but started to falter and ultimately failed at Inter Milan. After a few years he has emerged from his cocoon with Chelsea as the new and enhanced Rafa 4.0.
If Rafa 4.0 can work with Roman Abramovich then he can work with FSG and maybe, teach them how a football club should be run.
This is a strange rare time when looking back is the way forward.
Bring back Rafa – in Rafa we still trust!