I’m really sorry. The actual title should be “Will Rafa Get The Boot?”. Why I wrote “Mukhriz” instead of “Rafa”? I don’t know..maybe simply because my “crazy and playful” subconcious mind projecting the image of these two individuals:
They surely having the same pattern of moustache, beard and nearly balded head. However of course, their life and current situation is not the same.
This posting is actually mainly on what’s going on to Liverpool for the last few matches. As a Gunners fan, I am sympathetic towards KOP fans on their current situation.
Let’s have a look at their current form (taken from Yahoo Sport):
|2 Aug, 20:00||RCD Espanyol – Liverpool||Friendly Match|
|5 Aug, 18:00||FC Lyn Oslo – Liverpool||Friendly Match|
|8 Aug, 15:00||Liverpool – Atlético Madrid||Friendly Match|
|16 Aug, 16:00||Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Liverpool||Premier League|
|19 Aug, 20:00||Liverpool 4 – 0 Stoke City||Premier League|
|24 Aug, 20:00||Liverpool 1 – 3 Aston Villa||Premier League|
|29 Aug, 15:00||Bolton Wanderers 2 – 3 Liverpool||Premier League|
|12 Sep, 15:00||Liverpool 4 – 0 Burnley||Premier League|
|16 Sep, 19:45||Liverpool 1 – 0 Debrecen||Champions League|
|19 Sep, 17:30||West Ham United 2 – 3 Liverpool||Premier League|
|22 Sep, 19:45||Leeds United 0 – 1 Liverpool||Carling Cup|
|26 Sep, 15:00||Liverpool 6 – 1 Hull City||Premier League|
|LIVE!||Fiorentina 2 – 0 Liverpool||Champions League|
|4 Oct, 16:00||Chelsea 2 – 0 Liverpool||Premier League|
|17 Oct, 15:00||Sunderland 1 – 0 Liverpool||Premier League|
|20 Oct, 19:45||Liverpool 1 – 2 Olympique Lyon||Champions League|
And these are the results from last season ( taken from Yahoo Sports too):
|13 Aug, 20:05||Standard Liège 0 – 0 Liverpool||Champions League|
|16 Aug, 17:30||Sunderland 0 – 1 Liverpool||Premier League|
|23 Aug, 15:00||Liverpool 2 – 1 Middlesbrough||Premier League|
|27 Aug, 20:05||Liverpool 1 – 0 Standard Liège||Champions League|
|31 Aug, 16:00||Aston Villa 0 – 0 Liverpool||Premier League|
|13 Sep, 12:45||Liverpool 2 – 1 Manchester United||Premier League|
|16 Sep, 19:45||Marseille 1 – 2 Liverpool||Champions League|
|20 Sep, 15:00||Liverpool 0 – 0 Stoke City||Premier League|
|23 Sep, 20:00||Liverpool 2 – 1 Crewe Alexandra||Carling Cup|
|27 Sep, 12:45||Everton 0 – 2 Liverpool||Premier League|
|1 Oct, 19:45||Liverpool 3 – 1 PSV Eindhoven||Champions League|
|5 Oct, 15:00||Manchester City 2 – 3 Liverpool||Premier League|
|18 Oct, 15:00||Liverpool 3 – 2 Wigan Athletic||Premier League|
|22 Oct, 19:45||Atletico Madrid 1 – 1 Liverpool||Champions League|
|26 Oct, 13:30||Chelsea 0 – 1 Liverpool||Premier League|
The Kops were excellent last season. The results speak for themselves. They did not lose any game and even beaten Manchester United at Anfield and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge!!!
However, they do not look good (so far!) this season. They’ve lost 4 Premiership matches and 2 Champions League matches. They even lose at their home ground.
Much contribution is said to be the too dependent on Torres and Stevie G. Also not forgetting some Kop fans that I know of mentioned about Kop missing Xabi Alonso.
Although I am a Gunners fan, I’m not agreeable to the chances of The Reds bouncing back. As far as I can remember, Xabi Alonso injured couple of times, yet they finished second behind Man Utd. Technically speaking, I would say that Liverpool actually still can challenge this season.
It is just, as a football fan, I’ve been wondering Rafa’s tactics in putting Stevie G as attacking midfielder right behind Torres. Gerrard’s creativity, passes and stamina actually suited more as attacking midfielder that plays behind two strikers. More like a very central midfielder.
In other words, if Rafa plays conventional 4-4-2, with Gerrard taking center role and Mascherano as holding/defensive midfielder, their attackers and wingers will get good passes.
I don’t know if any Liverpool fans agree with my line up for Liverpool, but here goes my ideal 4-4-2 for Liverpool (based on current fit players they have):
Reina – Johnson- Carragher- Agger- Insua – Kuyt – Masherano (holding) – Gerrard – Aurelio – Torres – Babel.
I know Torres is injured, but at least put pacey Babel up front. I remembered it was because of Babel’s run, Arsenal lose out to Liverpool in Champions League match last two season. And since, I’ve been wondering, why Babel is not one of the regular starting line up?
Whatever it is, Rafa got to do something. His time is running out. His differing opinions with Club Owner also contribute to such pressure. Losing against Man Utd this weekend will put more termendous pressure on him and the team.
I would like to see Liverpool back on track. Why? It will be more fun and excitement. And of course, if in the event Liverpool manage to win against Man Utd, it will open up more chances for more teams to win Premier League.
Again, this posting nothing to do with Datuk Mukhriz. Just having crazy comparison by their looks and more on thoughts of what is happening to Liverpool right now. That’s all.
If you are Tom Hicks and George Gillet, what will you do?