The subject of Jay Spearing and Liverpool should firmly be placed in the past tense now. I think the FINAL and his performances against other big teams where he was asked to step up and prove himself has answered all lingering hopes for him. I said it from the first time I watched him be outplayed against an Arsenal reserve team in a Carling Cup game a few seasons back "If that is the future of Liverpool then mid-table mediocrity here we come!" I said it then and nothing he has done in the intervening years has altered that gut-perception. It is just that some on here have been really slow in coming to that conclusion themselves. In fact I have stood with my mouth agog at times this season as some red-tinted spectacle wearing reds on here have duped themselves into believing he could make the grade and emulate Masch and Lucas. Rodgers will have seen what Lampard and others did to him in the final and understand what Dalglish was at times too slow to comprehend last season: HE IS NOT AND NEVER WILL BE A LIVERPOOL PLAYER!!!