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Bruce, I don't have a problem with those who've given up on Rafa. I don't agree, but its all about opinion here, and we've all got one, so fair enough.
But, I came on here an hour after the final whistle and saw posts written, some before kick off, some during the match, and some at half time, most of which laid into Rafa with glee. What happend to getting behind the team when they play?
Its one thing to see the wind up artists on here, but to see so called reds almost delight that rafa might have screwed up again, went just a little far for me. After the match, or down the pub fine, but never while the lads are still fighting the battle.
Think you're referring to Pombal and some of his aliases, who like you say are waiting for Rafa to foul up just so they can come on here and crow that they told the board so!
They seem to care more about how they are perceived on here than they do about the welfare of LFC. If Rafa succeeds, they'll probably be miserable because they'll be proven wrong on here.
But these clowns on ignore. The boards are that much more readable for it.
As for today, Rafa got out of jail big time in my view. I understand some players would be feeling the effects of Wednesday night, but that starting line up was one of the most un-balanced (and radically adjusted) that I think I've seen under Rafa's tenure.
Where were the goals going to come from with 6 defenders out there from the start?
Rafa is a meddler. More often than not, he does the unexpected. Some think he's being clever, I'm not one of them. Those subs saved his bacon today.
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When I saw the line up I was biting my lip, but could understand why Torres, Alonso, Reina, and Kuyt were rested. And to be honest I think Aurellio did a heck of a good job, so got to give Rafa some credit for knowing he was up for it.
I was also impressed with both Skrtel and Agger, they got forward with venom, and looked more like full backs than center backs. Masch also looked good, and had a couple decent cracks on goal. Yossi was the other player I think stood up and said I'm not Gerrard, but I can help us get it done.
But NGog is not ready. Had a couple good moments, but is not up to the speed of the prem yet. He is young, so I'd not jump to any conclusions about him long term. Babel looked better than he has in a long time, but he gets himself in trouble too many times. He's strong, fast, and very skillful, so got to think he just has not developed the mental side of his game yet.
I doubt it was the side Rafa would have named in ideal times, but sometimes after a tough midweek match, you've got to take a few risks. I'm not saying all went to his master plan, but it seems to me he named an experienced defense and midfield, and took a chance up front, knowing he had Kuyt, and then Torres, just in case it did not pay off.