yes indeed GH could represent france in shit-talking. not in football management, though.
today he made a tactical decision to bring michael owen on for jamie carragher. three minutes later stan lazaridis skipped down their left into the space where carragher would have been and crossed for clinton morrison to score his fourth goal in four games against us. that was the killer goal and finished the game as a realistic contest.
i wonder will gerard see fit to add himself to the list of those he has blamed for our misfortunes this season, which, counting members of our playing staff alone, now includes dudek, babbel, hyypia, riise, gerrard, hamann, baros, owen, and even heskey.
i also doubt he will resign, even though if gerard houllier were liverpool chairman, he would have sacked himself ages ago. right after that heart operation, in fact. that's how gerard treats players (redknapp)who return (babbel) from (heggem) long-term injury (litmanen) problems (berger).
luckily for gerard our chairman is too much of a soft get to give him a taste of his own medicine.
my big problem is this. we are not going to get into the champions league this season. but our team is rubbish at present and most people agree we need some new players. (i'm not so sure meself, i'd like to see what kind of effect a new manager could have first).
but no champions league means no money to sign those players ... but not signing the players means we probably won't be good enough to make next season's champions league. we have some money from that reebok deal but it's not enough. so where are we going to get the money?
the answer screams at you. this summer we're going to have owen, heskey, diouf, baros, mellor, le tallec, pongolle ... that's seven strikers. seven is too many. at least two have to go. and it doesn't take a genius to work out which one would command the fattest fee to help gerard with the next phase of his neverending 'rebuilding' process...
until the last three nightmarish months, michael owen has been statistically the premiership's most lethal striker - a higher percentage of shots on target than anyone else, a better goals to shots ratio than anyone else ... the guy is a genius.
nobody turns chances into goals like michael owen, not van nistelrooy, not henry, nobody. but he doesn't score as many as the other two - why? because he plays in houllier's frankenstein liverpool and spends most of the game tagging back and forth like a dog that is occasionally called upon to chase a stick.
looking at the season owen has just produced, i wonder is houllier thinking of cashing in. he needs the money for new players but he can't get money anywhere else. owen hasn't done well this season (because of the sh1t team he's been playing in, in my opinion). they don't seem personally close. selling owen means houllier gets one last throw of the dice. you see, you see how it could happen. this is my nightmare.
is he prepared to feed owen into the flames, to cash in on our best player in order to swell the ever growing ranks of smicers, traores and biscans? i bet the f*cker is, you know. he is one crazy bastard and i bet that is the next move. owen out at the end of the season, sacrificed to feed the houllier mediocrity machine.
we can't let that happen. liverpool will never win the title under houllier. we know that now. the board has to act or we're headed for worse disasters...