Liverpool follow up Monday’s victory with four winnable matches against Newcastle, Fulham, Wolves and Blackpool and Pepe Reina acknowledges that the outcome of those four games will determine the direction Liverpool’s season takes as the 2010/11 Premier League season reaches its halfway stage.
Calling for consistency, he told skysports.com: “Hopefully we can once again build from a good home win.” Liverpool’s recovery has seen a few false dawns, most notably the games following their sensational defeat of Chelsea. Reina hopes that their recovery does not stall in the same manner over the coming weeks. “We know the Christmas period is vital, crucial. After those next four games, we can start talking about where the team is going to aim,” he said. Victories in all four will put Liverpool in a strong position to challenge for European football.
Boston Globe controversy.
Writing about fellow Bostonian John W. Henry’s takeover of Liverpool, a Boston Globe columnist called Liverpool fans ‘totally bonkers’ and said that the Hillsborough disaster was the result of a ‘soccer riot’. Naturally all right-thinking people have been quick to condemn his comments, as survivors and relatives of the deceased search for justice for the 96 who tragically perished.
Liverpool forum Red and White Kop flooded the Boston Globe with complaints, forcing the article to be edited, removing the insinuation that the deaths were a result of rioting. The Daily Mirror reported on the repugnant nature of the article, the columnist mystifyingly wondering why, ‘Internet fan sites are still agonizing over a 21-year-old soccer stadium disaster that killed 96 people’.
Ronaldinho to Anfield?
Goal.com speculates that Liverpool are among the teams interested in the signature of out-of-favour AC Milan superstar Ronaldinho, whose contract expires in the summer.
As such, he would be available on a free transfer, although it is thought that Liverpool would need to persuade the Brazilian international to take a significant cut in his £6.3 million annual wages to join. Roy Hodgson is looking for a creator to support Fernando Torres in attack and the Brazilian has been earmarked as the man to do that job. Whilst he lacks the burst of pace which made him so devastating earlier in his career, his time at AC Milan shows he is still capable of flashes of genius, hence Liverpool’s purported interest.