I was not looking forward to today - I've spent enough time as an Evertonian to know that confidence is a killer. But at last we're beginning to show why the season started with so much optimism. I was gutted that Fellaini was ruled out, but thought that as long as we have Cahill and Arteta we're capable of winning any match. When I thought Jags was out and Torres was fit I was disappointed we wouldn't be treated to seeing the Spaniard in the Yorkshireman's back pocket.
Of course it all came good, but I just wanted to share this:
That should have been the cue for a rout, as Liverpool teetered. Everton evidently do not possess such a streak of cruelty. They sat back, almost challenging their opponents to make a game of it. Liverpool could not
I wonder if Henry can get a refund?
Update: I feel genuinely sorry for Roy Hodgson. He's someone I've always had a lot of respect for, but it just seems that the RS can turn anyone. His comments after the game where baffling, and he seems to be a dead man walking.
Of course it's obvious who should share the lions share of the blame for the mess Liverpool are in - David Moores for deciding to sell to Hicks/Gillet, and Rafa Benitez for spunking away all their money. I know they like to despute the *fact* that Benitez spent more than anyone other than Chelsea or Man City, but focusing on transfer fees underreports his outlay. Under Benitez their wage bill went from £65m a year to £107m (during the same period ours went from £33m to £49m). Indeed Hodgson suffers from the same fate - despite *only* spending £26m this summer, he's paying 90k a week for Joe Cole, and 100k+ for Jankovic. The problem is that their fans seem to think that greater spending is the solution to their problems - but you can't borrow your way out of debt and you can't spend your way out of having an expensively assembled, overpriced squad.