Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Liverpool on the ropes

The ugly duckling of the Premier League ... If since the start of the current year, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea managed a good start, the last member of the prestigious Big Four English is it in disarray. Fought for the second time this season in three games, the Reds were humiliated on Monday night at Anfield by Aston Villa (1-3) and Rafael Benitez has only moderately appreciated the conduct of its troops ...

In three official releases, Liverpool has alternated between good (4-0 win against Stoke City at the 2nd day of Premier League) and worst (losing 2-1 to Tottenham at the 1st and then rose back to 1-3 against Aston Villa on behalf of the 3rd day). Within nine days, the Reds have therefore been defeated twice, which seems especially odd for a group of this caliber.

A lack of reinforcements?

And Monday night in front of their fans, partners of Steven Gerrard have drunk the cup to the dregs being beaten on their land, which remains a rare event. Against Aston Villa, Fernando Torres and others have rarely existed, despite the constant support of their legendary Kop.

What, then, in Liverpool earlier this season 2009-2010? For now, even Rafael Benitez seems to have answers to these questions ... "Quite simply, we did not play well. We hesitated a long ball forward against a team that is excellent in cons," said the Spaniard on the club's official website.

Too many recruits Club Mersey would they rise to the inconsistency demonstrated recently by the Reds? It is clear that not since, apart from Glen Johnson and Alberto Aquilani, who arrived straight from Portsmouth and AS Roma, no large fish is to swell the ranks of the first team. Chris Mavinga (PSG) and Sotirios Kyrgiakos (AEK Athens) are not mammoths of the discipline, while the return for the loan of Andryi Voronin has, for now, nothing changed, since the Ukrainian international has merely three entries involved, successive and silent in the league.

Loans stifling

The men know each other very well, except that two executives have left the locker room and will not be easily replaced, namely Sami Hyypiä (Levekusen Bayer) and especially Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid). The two moguls have probably left a great void difficult to fill, even for a player of the caliber of Aquilani. Liverpool will he succeed in strengthening the end of the summer transfer window? Nothing is less certain as the club from Tom Hicks and George Gillett is riddled with debts.

At the end of July, the two owners of the Reds had to renegotiate a loan of around 335 million euros that they had agreed with Royal Bank of Scotland, the club will now be repaid over a longer period but with 70 million euros in interest and more. Gillett had heard yet to sell on the basis of 385 million euros, an excess of NHL (Hockey American) he had in his possession, the Montreal Canadiens, to inject new money into coffers vice-champions of England in 2009, but it was not enough.

Benitez is angry

Every offseason a little more up the Reds in door-to-false since, in addition to current expenditure for big teams, it is the interests of bank loans made in recent years relentlessly that block the finances of a club obliged last season to declare about 50 million euro loss. An enormous gap!

But, meanwhile, Rafael Benitez and the players do not handle this type of problem and need to stay focused on the field. August 29, teammates Jose Manuel Reina will operate a new move in the league, at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, and victory will be mandatory. "Our goal now is to win at Bolton, nothing more. We believe in nothing, especially not in the way," warns former coach of Valencia. "My players have more experience than last season, they must take responsibility and move forward."

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