Silence, please – It’s time for some Football


As Liverpool look to recuperate from the damage inflicted by the Hicks and Gillett regime and try and get back among the trophies, one achievement seems to belong to the club already – the unofficial award for ‘The Club Most Commented Upon.’ It seems anybody and everybody who has a microphone thrust in front of them, and, in some cases, can grab any microphone available, has something to say about the club.
Take for instance the paragon of Manchester United defenders Rio Ferdinand. On his Twitter page, he tweeted (after the Andy Carroll purchase) -
“Carrol has huge potential no doubt,is 35m still not a hefty sum of money in this recession we r meant to be in!?He will be top player #fact”
Albeit he accepted that Carroll would be a top player but what about the player wages at Manchester United – didn’t the recession factor come under consideration when Rooney forced a pay hike with his tantrums?
Then came this tweet which can only be described as an epitome of modesty -
“Wow, how much would Ronaldo, Messi or………ME be worth 2day in this crazy market?!!! 100m+ all day”
Clubbing himself in the same class as Ronaldo or Messi made him look so modest, didn’t it? It certainly seems that Liverpool Football Club haunts every Manchester United player at every step; otherwise, I fail to see the reason why they have to keep commenting on everything that their arch rivals do.
The next to jump onto the bandwagon was Javier Mascherano. He was quoted as saying -
“It is sad that the press and the club try to convince people that it is all the player’s fault when the reality is that Liverpool didn’t show the interest in keeping us in the club.”
That quote, coming from a player who snubbed a new contract last April and then held the club to ransom to force the club to sell him to Barcelona, seems a bit inappropriate. If a new contract is not an indication that a club wants to keep you for a long time, despite your eagerness to abandon ship, then what is? If a club is arm-twisted into a deal by a sulking player, I can’t see any reason to blame the club if they try to recover as much on their investment as possible. Also, given the fact that it’s been quite a few months since he has left Liverpool, why can’t he just get over the fact that Liverpool does not concern him anymore? Or is it that he just has too much time on his hands now to think about his transfer saga?
The former Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez, was also quoted by the BBC as saying (regarding the Torres sale) -
“I think last year we were talking about £70m”
Well, I have a lot of respect and gratitude for Rafa and his significant contribution to Liverpool FC but this statement was certainly uncalled for. If he meant that Fernando Torres was and is a very valuable player, he was absolutely spot on. But he went on to say -
“He was not playing at the same level the last time, but he is still a very good player. It is big money but could [have been] even better.”
That means it was an allusion to the fact that Liverpool had undersold Torres which certainly seems quite far from the truth. Torres’ recent form and injury-prone nature, in addition to two vital points – firstly, the rumoured 50 million pound release clause and the close proximity of the transfer deadline – meant that holding out for what they eventually got from Chelsea was perhaps the best that Liverpool could do under those circumstances. We have already seen how ineffective a sulking Torres can be on the field and a publicly restrained Torres could only have been worse. With the Kenny Dalglish transformation in progress and the new owners showing their positive attitude for the club, Torres still wanted to leave which only proved the fact that in his mind, he was already a FORMER Liverpool player.
However, with three days and an impressive victory already under the belt since the transfer whirlwind, it is time to let the dust settle, especially, with an away game to Chelsea coming up. There is absolutely no necessity for these ‘post-mortem’ analyses, especially by people who have either not been associated with Liverpool at all or severed their association with the club under regrettable circumstances. Gentlemen, could we have some silence, please? It’s time for some football.
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