Thursday, January 29, 2009

What you don't do when you need a goal...

Sub Steven Gerrard it seems. It may have been the most controversial substitution since RTE threw Eamonn Dunphy on the bench for being "tired and emotional" during the last World Cup. Last night, with his team just after conceding an entirely predictable equaliser away at Wigan and on the way to another demoralising draw in the title run-in, Rafa Benitez somehow decided that logic dictated taking off the one guy on the field you'd put your house on creating something in the final ten minutes. The fact he replaced him with Robbie Keane, a man Rafa has as much faith in as Richard Dawkins does in creationism, screamed even louder the craziness of such a theory. As Liverpool seem to be falling further and further into the abyss of also-rans, Gerrard has been the one guy popping up with the goals, the one player you'd trust to run sixty yards in the final minute and smash one into the top corner from the edge of the box. Babel, Kuyt, Riera, Keane, Lucas? Not on your nelly. Pool are edging closer to being written off, Rafa's losing it slowly but surely. We'll get back to Rafa and Liverpool, maybe next week. For now, read Rob Smyth's view on last night.

Oh and an extra treat - cop a load of the trailer of the Damned United, if it's half as entertaining as the book, we're in for a ride.

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