NICK ARMITAGE COLUMN
The onus on a home team is to attack. Liverpool did at least have a go but if Rafa expects any opposition to roll over and die and let them win then he clearly hasn’t quite sussed out the game of football, or the idea of competitive sport in general. You play to your strengths. We have the tightest defence in the Premier League at the moment so we played to our strengths and defended — it ain’t rocket science. We had no strikers, so we tried to pinch a goal from a set piece — that ain’t rocket science either. And if Liverpool can’t defend against set pieces then hard luck.
The team Moyes put out in the FA Cup tie cost less than their forward, and hats off to Torres, he is quite simply one of the best strikers in world football. Why he is wasting his talent at Anfield is another matter, but why on earth would Moyes not want to defend against him and their other player Stevie G? Just because Liverpool had more possession and apparently were in control of the game and because they were being beamed into the living rooms of millions of armchairs, it doesn’t mean they have the right to win.
Rafa’s latest rant is bizarre and even more incredulous when Rafa himself made his name with his own brand of 'backs to the wall' defending against his more illustrious opponents in La Liga. The only reason he is still employed by Liverpool is because, away from home, he ground his way to a Champions League Cup by battening down the hatches and pinching the odd goal. When David Moyes turns the tables on him, he spits his dummy out like a petulant child.
Oh well, Rafa is unlucky. He can expect more of the same next week, but this time we may even have some players who can attack and most of our kids and reserves will probably be back in the reserves by then.
Perhaps in the replay Benitez should show a bit of humility, because, if it wasn’t for a goal keeping blunder, the shite wouldn’t even be contesting a replay at Goodison.
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