Vlog on the pitch – what do you make of Rafa’s mind games?

January 12, 2009

Rafa Benitez was on the attack ahead of Liverpool’s game against Stoke City but then decided to leave Robbie Keane and Fernando Torres on the bench.

The game ended in a goalless draw and on Sunday Manchester United put three past Chelsea to close the gap at the top.

Owen Wyatt and Jon Bramley discuss Liverpool’s team selection and look ahead to Monday’s FIFA World Player of the Year Awards Gala. Should Messi or Ronaldo take home the title?


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Happy New Year Vlog on the Pitch-ers! Riley returns to the Vlog forum after a three month lay off.

Mr Benitez – what a crazy team selection? Gerrard is incredible behind the front man, but it made no sense not to play him deeper in centre midfield with Mascherano (while Alonso was injured) and play two better forwards up top. Keane, despite all his problems, HAD to start against stoke – if only to give Liverpool a 4-4-2 formation to take the game to Stoke. Kuyt was ineffective up top on his own, Benyoun has NEVER impressed in a red shirt, and Lucas is simply not good enough yet. I understand about easing Torres back into the squad after a long lay off, but i think that squad selection just cost us the League. I am now going to return to my tear stained pillow.

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Benitez rose to Ferguson’s bate, he did a ‘Keegan’ and put untold pressure on his own team, which has seriously damaged the best chance they had of winning the league. His team selection on Saturday was ridiculous, leaving Keane, who he decided to pay £20m for in the summer, and Torres on the bench was just plain silly. I’ve said it before, but Liverpool simply don’t have a good enough squad. Benitez should play his strongest 11 every match, but he doesn’t and picks players who are not up to it – for example Benayoun and Lucas. I think the league will be a tight fought battle up until the last day of the season, but United have the advantage and will prove to be worthy winners, is a possible quadruple on the cards?
And as for Ronaldo winning FIFA Wolrd Player of the Year – he totally deserved it, he’s been head and shoulders above everyone, and Ferguson should take some credit for transforming him into the player he is.

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Pathetic rant by a scared man.

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