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Rafa Benitez set to leave Liverpool for Juventus! Rafa Benitez set to leave Liverpool for Inter Milan! Rafa Benitez set to manage U.A.E!! Fernando Torres to join Man City in record transfer! Fernando Torres to Join Chelsea in record transfer! Fernando Torres to join Barcelona as he has fallen out with Benetiz! Man City set to buy Steven Gerrard in £30m swoop! Real Madrid poised to land Gerrard as Jose sets his sights! Benny and Masch off to Chelsea in double swoop! And so it goes on and on and on……..and the season has only just ended!! It appears that once again the media have decided that our manager and our top players will be leaving this summer with stories appearing on a daily basis in the papers. I have a couple of issues with this. It appears that any clown can now call themselves a journalist which then gives licence to be able to call yourself an expert and print stuff that quite clearly isn’t true!! Why has journalism come to this? It used to be a respected profession but now I’m not so sure. Although the players and manager shouldn’t have to comment on every single story it would be nice if they would come out and say something on the lines of  ‘I am happy at Liverpool and will be staying at the club for next season’. This may put an end to all of the ‘speculation’ because the longer there is silence the more the media will keep telling us its all true. The prime example was with the Juventus/Rafa connection, which had been going on since January this year. Rafa had been silent all the way through which meant that the flames were constantly being fuelled. A strong statement in my view from Rafa could have ended the whole saga. Even after Juventus appointed a new manager Inter Milan become the favourites to land Rafa. In Rafa’s defence he has started to make noises to the media that he is happy at Liverpool and will be staying and even finding the link to the U.A.E amusing. My point is though if you don’t extinguish the flames by staying silent then you are indirectly adding fuel to the fire. Jamie Carragher in my view hit the nail on the head when he was quoted as saying last week that if you are not committed at Liverpool then you can pack your bags. I am glad a senior player has come out and expressed the views that the majority of Liverpool fans hold on this issue. I just wish more players would do the same. Even after I started writing this blog Fernando Torres agent was quoted as saying  that he will be staying at Liverpool next season and yet a day later  we hear (according to some parts of the media) he hasn’t made up his mind yet! I think that after the season the club had its not a surprise that our players are being linked elsewhere but it doesn’t give the media and journalists the right to make the majority of stories up on a daily basis. I also have to laugh at the fact that the English media have gunned for the blood of Benitez, criticizing everything that he does but have no problem in reporting that nearly every top club in Europe is after him! He can’t be a bad manager after all can he? Unfortunately all Liverpool fans will have to brace themselves for a summer of transfer speculation more than the kind we experienced in 2005 with Chelsea ad Gerrard. However I will not be made to believe anything until it actually happens! Even if some of our top players do leave in the summer then I would suggest that we remember that NO player is bigger than Liverpool Football Club. Y.N.W.A

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Return of the Mojo…..

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC, You'll Never Walk Alone | Posted on 16-08-2010

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The new campaign has finally started! Since the departure of Rafa Benitez and appointment of Roy Hodgson this has been one of the most anticipated starts to a season in a very long time.

When the fixture list was announced in July and we knew Arsenal were going to be the visitors we all wondered what kind of Liverpool team would run out on to the Anfield turf on the 15th August, which players would still be at the club and who (if any) would be our new signings? At the end of last season I felt depressed and was frightened for the well being of our club and even more so when Rafa left us after what I would describe as a successful time at the club. I was also frightened that the club would also lose the spine of the team such as Gerrard and Torres and I wasn’t overly excited by the appointment of Roy Hodgson. The club in my opinion had lost its ‘mojo’.

However events over the last few weeks seem to have sparked optimism amongst the club, fans and even media alike with the signings of Joe Cole, Milan Jovanovic, Christian Poulsen and most importantly Gerrard and Torres committing themselves to the club they love. Even though I was a strong supporter of Rafa Benitez and had mixed feelings about Roy Hodgson, the new manager has in fact been a breath of fresh air, his approach to the players, media and fans has been impressive and this has gone a long way in starting to win me over.

The change was there to see under the first 2 ‘competitive’ games in the Europa League – two solid wins and signs of a more fluent attacking approach especially during the second leg at Anfield. But the true test was always going to be the first Premier League game at home against Arsenal.

After a pretty even first half with Arsenal having plenty of possession the game suddenly came to life with the somewhat harsh sending off of Joe Cole on the stroke of half time. My first thoughts were that we were going to struggle to get a draw and that surely Arsenal would punish us with their quick passing game especially against our 10 men. What followed in the second half was a team reignited with passion and commitment throughout and a complete desire not to be beaten which in all honesty wasn’t there last season. This was a game we would have gone on to lose in similar fashion to the game at Fulham where there was a distinct lack of passion.

All 14 players used yesterday gave there heart and soul to the cause and aside from another freakish incident similar to those seen last season Liverpool would have secured all 3 points. Although Mascherano has clearly stated he wants to leave the club (for family reasons) he showed what a true professional he is by giving a man of the match performance in the heart of midfield. After that performance alone for me he has cemented his place as a ‘true red’. Many other players wouldn’t have given their all but I believe that out of true respect for our club and fans he felt that he couldn’t give anything less. Another player showing true passion and commitment was Daniel Agger.  After receiving a direct blow to the face it was clear to see that he was seeing three of everything and was clearly struggling. But knowing that all the substitutions had been made he insisted on continuing even though it could have been a serious risk to his health. Again last season for whatever reason I am not sure he would have done that.

So is this new found passion and never say die attitude the results of the management style under Roy Hodgson? I sincerely hope so and I hope that this attitude stays with the players all season long. I still think we are short of challenging for the title as described in ‘Only Time Will Tell’ but after the events of yesterday I am increasingly becoming more optimistic for a good season.

If the team continue to show the passion and commitment shown yesterday then there is one thing we can all ascertain, that the ‘mojo’ has returned…..

YNWA

Comments (2)

Couldn’t agree more with every sentence! Great write up.

Thanks for your comments Paul. Really appreciate the read. Let’s hope we continue to show the same passion!

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