What have I come back to?

I’ve been away for a couple of weeks and returned to yet another traumatic week for Liverpool and especially their fans. What have I come back to?
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Lets be honest, we have been awful on the pitch for weeks now (except for Real Madrid). The Middlesborough game was one of the worst Liverpool performances I have ever had the misfortune to witness. We were pathetic for all but the first 15 minutes and so many players completely let the club down. The opening half of the Sunderland game was awful too, though we were a little better second half.
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Imagine you are a young defender waiting for your opportunity to play for the first team. You have impressed in the youth teams and reserves and even played in a Champions League game and are patiently waiting for an opening in the team. Now, your sides regular right back is injured for 2 games so you feel this could be your big chance.
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What would your reaction be when the manager names firstly a centre-back (who is usually the left-sided of the centre backs) who fails miserably? Then in the next game you find a midfielder taking that place?
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That is what happened to Stephen Darby and Martin Kelly this week. Darby is captain of the reserves and apparently is ready to go. He was on the bench for the Boro game and maybe Stuart Downing was not the ideal opponent to face in your first game but it’s the message its sending to our players, fans and opponents. Skrtel was rubbish at right back and rumours are that he was only playing there because Jamie Carragher refused to (I’d be very surprised if that’s true, if there’s one man you can believe is a true team-first player in our squad it’s Carra). The result of this was Skrtel’s confidence took a huge knock, Downing running amok completely unbalanced the team and the youngsters will once again wonder if they’ll ever get a chance. Now, Darby may have been injured for the Sunderland game but do you honestly think he’d have got a chance if fit? Why wasn’t Martin Kelly at least on the bench when two left-backs were?
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The other problem has been our benches for both these games. They have been as bad as I can ever remember, showing just how defensive our squad is. Against Boro we had 2 full backs and a defensive midfielder (with a squad place given to a player who was being rested so blatantly was never going to play, a complete waste) and Sunderland we had 3 defenders and a defensive midfielder. There has been no player that the opposition would be worried about coming off the bench in the late stages to make a difference.
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The squad Benitez inherited was appalling. I’m worried that the squad his successor inherits will be even worse. We have no attacking central midfielders other than Gerrard, who is often played as a forward, we have FIVE holding midfielders and a lot of fringe players who would struggle to make other Premier teams’ squads, let alone first teams. We have players who are so demotivated by the boring, negative football we play, their confidence is shot to pieces (Babel) and players who are just not good enough (Kuyt, Lucas). We also have players who seem completely burnt out already (Riera) showing that maybe squad rotation isn’t all its cracked up to be.
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Now to off the pitch, where the soap opera continues. Rik Parry announced he’s leaving at the end of the season this week, apparently because he had lost his only ally in the tug-of-war, George Gillett, after not being able to secure a buyer for his half of the club. I really feel for the guy, he’s a Liverpool fan through and through and has been caught in an impossible position with two warring owners and fans demanding funds that just are not available. Hopefully he will be more than just a lame duck for the rest of his tenure. Rumours are that either Brian Barwick (ex- FA) or Keith Edelman (ex-Arsenal) is in line to replace him.
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In July our club will be repossessed. Hicks and Gillett will not be able to pay the debts. Not only that, but we will be repossessed by Britain’s most crisis-ridden bank the RBS. That bank has been bailed out big-time by the taxpayer (would that make me a shareholder? Might be able to get more tickets then!).
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With the July deadline looming the Kuwaiti consortium are interested again. I’m not an economist but I’d think that if you know you have to sell in 4 months you drop the price a little, no?
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Wrong. Hicks and Gillett will not budge on the price, a whopping £500m.(about US$700m). This is completely unrealistic, particularly in the current economic climate.
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We also need the Benitez situation resolved. Liverpool historically have aired their dirty laundry in public and I’m fed up of hearing all the sniping and pot-shots being taken by both sides.
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Liverpool’s title hopes have completely gone, and with our next games coming against United and Villa it could get a messy on the pitch as it off it.
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P.S. When I landed in Manchester Airport, my plane got in the same time as the plane carrying the Columbus Crew to Britain. We chatted to Gino Padula (really nice guy and yes, I did have to look up who he was!) and they beat our reserve team 2-0 this week.
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