Just a quick round up of bits and pieces of news concerning our beloved Club, some of which are important, others perhaps less, but hopefully will all make for a good read.
Steven ‘Gladiator’ Gerrard!
Our gladiator of many battles has had a recurrence of his groin injury which led to a second perhaps more intrusive operation which will sideline him for a few months, meaning we will only see Captain Fantastic back in pre-season. There could be two ways to look at this event: either the initial operation proved to be too little too late, or else our medical team deemed that intervention to be non-conclusive and with the season drawing to end with nothing other to aspire for if not a possible but more than ever elusive 5th place finish, it was decided to try to rectify a situation that has greatly contributed to the roller coaster form of our irreplaceable No.8 all season. We’ll be waiting for you Stevie G!
Aquaman and Barolo!
It may be that Alberto Aquilani now plies his trade around the hills where Barolo flows like spring water, but it could well be that the classy Italian midfielder has been drinking a glass or too more than he should. In a very recent interview, he said ‘I am happy here, with Juventus I have managed to regain my place in the national team’. Now I find that a bit unfair Alberto! What you really should have said was ‘I have to thank Liverpool Football Club for saving me from the doldrums at Roma were incompetent medical staff never managed to cure my persistent ankle injury. They believed in me, and spent Stg 20 million to take me to Anfield, cure my ankle, then kindly shipped me back to my beloved Italy on loan where I have found my form and am back in the national team!’ Now that would have been a more reasonable and realistic statement Mr Aquilani.
Managers going bonkers?
If all rumours are to be believed, it seems that the coming summer transfer window will be electric. Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea, just to mention the traditional big four, have all declared and subscribed wholesale squad changes. Man City will probably do the unthinkable and the unimaginable while Spurs Boss ‘Arry Redknapp will probably need to let the bench-warming stars go.
In the meantime, while Utd seem to be edging closer to their 19th title, Arsene Wenger apparently said that ‘finishing second is not that bad’, yet Enzo Ferrari used to say ‘when you arrive second you are the first of the losers’. From the other side of London Carlo Ancelotti claims that ‘Torres was my buy’. Well Carlo, the problem here mate is that Torres ran on Kop-chants and Anfield-love, something which you do not and will never have at Stamford Bridge (is that 13 games for club and country with nothing to show for?). Sorry no refunds possible in this case!
Can we stop Man City?
With Gerrard, Agger, Johnson and Kelly definitely out of the equation, the Reds will need to be inventive and very efficient to snatch an important victory when the Sky Blues visit Anfield on Monday. We are all curious to see what Dalglish and Co. will concoct for next Mondays showdown. We need to win to maintain any hope of a 5th place finish and keep our pace behind Spurs, while Man City find themselves in a bit of predicament (as Mancini looks set to ring the changes but when City ring the changes they don’t exactly field second string material, so we are not going to be let off the hook that easily). They have an FA Cup semi today week against the red half of Manchester plus they need to watch out as Spurs are only three points behind them in 5th and with the Londoners having taken a liking for CL football, they might, just might, pip the Eastlanders to the coveted 4th spot and CL football next season. Something which would most certainly spell the end for Mancini….unless the progress to win the FA Cup!
More titbits to come…watch this space.