They have been on leading of the league and every little thing seemed quiet at the camp. But an unexpected outburst of words from club manager Rafael
Benitez, criticizing the way the FA seemed to turn a blind eye to Manchester United’s manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s alleged actions of disrespect to the referees seemed to have rocked Liverpool’s boat and which produced them tense the night they played. Which is perhaps a contentious statement. But to fail to come up with a win against a side whom you have met before, would not Benitez been in a position to come up with a better strategy against Stoke? For 1 point, I can not recognize his choice to play with only one striker, and picked Dirk Kuyt over Robbie Keane, provided that Fernando Torres nonetheless is not fit to play the complete 90 minutes. And to clog the middle with 5 midfielders with Steven Gerrard playing help? As if the Stoke half wont get crowded sufficient when they let absolutely everyone remain back and defend it.
Stoke has lost 10 games, but has also snatched a win against Arsenal. Which means does this group play differently against other teams but employ this defensive style of play against the large four clubs? Sadly though, I can not watch all the games and whenever I watch a game of Stoke against the Big 4, I usually see this defensive style of play. Is it wrong? No, but the team lost against Chelsea and Manchester United so there have to be a way for Liverpool to defeat Stoke. As an alternative, I witnessed a sequel of the their very first meeting.
With United maybe top the soccer standing right after the Saturday evening game, Liverpool now have to win not only this Monday’s Merseyside derby but all their remaining games and win so in convincing style. To do so means that they have to stay focused and courageous. And it also implies that any external elements be shut out, from the thoughts of manager Rafael Benitez to the minds of the players.
Benitez, with his tirade, seems to have been the initial manager to succumb to Ferguson’s mind games. Its diverse to speak the talk but Benitez also has to show that the club can stroll the stroll. That plus his overall health matters, quickly to undergo another operation to eliminate a lot more kidney stones and his ongoing negotiations relating to his future with Liverpool Football Club , it appears that the manager has a lot on his plate at the moment. Rumors about Daniel Agger’s agent was allegedly seen talking to AC Milan representatives also supplies undesirable distraction.
It is up to Liverpool’s property grown heroes of Gerrard and Jaime Carragher to rally the players and instill in them the belief that they can withstand this onslaught of United, break an 18 year title drought and win the English Premier League crown. Lucky for the Reds that Chelsea are sputtering at this time and that loss to Man U really showed that the Blues seem to be not that in to their campaign. And Arsenal? Till they get Cesc Fabregas back from injury, may shed to Stoke when again. Why do I say that? It is a sequel!