I don't watch enough of Liverpool to know about that, but from an outsider looking in it seemed to me he was never given a chance because the fans wanted Dalglish and he wasn't him. If that came across as a dig, apologies, wasn't intended as one.
The other thing I meant to mention - Steven Gerrard.
My big criticism of him in the past is that he plays like the best player in the schoolyard - charging about the pitch, trying Hollywood stuff, leaving gaps left, right and centre. I heard an interview with Arrigo Sacchi, who admittedly is massively inflexible when it comes to this stuff, saying Gerrard is a phenomenal athlete but doesn't have the brains to play to a tactical plan - bit harsh that, but I can see where he is coming from. Liverpool remodelled their team and played Alonso and Mascherano behind him because of it.
He's blown that to bits this tournament. He's played to a plan, been patient, kept his position and played for the team as well as providing that bit of individual magic we all know he can. There have been moments where he's lost it a bit and tried to ping passes 30 yards rather than keeping ball and as a result England have looked poor - the 10 minutes after France scored, first 20 minutes of 2nd half against Sweden. That just shows the impact he has on the team though and it wasn't just him, it was all the players around him. I've no doubt he does it to try and drive the team on and he's basically trying to hard to make things happen, but i've always felt you shouldn't force it - if there is nothing on don't try the Hollywood, keep ball, move it around and probe for angles and opportunities.
I didn't think Gerrard had this in his locker, particularly at his age, but fair play to him. That may well be that he hasn't got the legs to get around the pitch like he used to - I don't know to be honest - but it shows he thinks about his game and is much smarter than people give him credit for.
Had this very conversation with my old man the other night about Gerrard. I didn't think he had it in his locker either!
You ask the majority of Liverpool fans and they hate him playing Central Midfield, much prefer him further to the right or behind the forward where he was under Rafa, mainly because he causes the most damage there but also because he just isn't disciplined enough to play that role where sometimes you need to sit and just keep the ball moving and we lose balance because his natural instinct is to be Roy of the Rovers. Alonso was a genius at the midfield role, Lucas learned from him and I think Henderson will do very well at it but I'm massively pleased to see Stevie this tournament. I think Shearer had a point when he spoke about the captaincy making you feel ten feet tall and in the past he has never really been the proper captain and he really seems to be reveling in the role
Let's face it, he isn't the dynamic player he once was and is getting older but I think he has a few more years yet, he certainly won't have his legs go on him like Carra but he has shown if he does slow down, he has that other none Hollywood style in his locker too.
He also looks fit as a fiddle, as much as he has done in years, apparently Yoga has a big part to play but he hasn't played full seasons for a while so maybe he has just been doing stomach crunches!
3. Strange question
- could have two meanings. Yes it matters to a lot of people if we win it. No it doesn't matter if we're boring as long as we win it.
At the end of day, if you asked everyone on this forum: hands up who thinks we can win the whole competition by playing expansive, attacking football, keeping possession and showing buckets of flair? Well? not one hand would go up.
It's just about putting facts ahead of any misplaced idealisms. It's called being pragmatic and uncle Roy is a master of it!!
So yeah, sod it, I'd rather win ugly than get dicked playing the 'right' way.
I think Q3 was really based on what the first two answers were but mainly rhetoric. I don't think it does matter either. We're doing what we set out to do and thinking about it, we're Fulham in the Uefa Cup and Roy didn't fare to bad in that did he