Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Quote of the day

"We will invest to succeed. But we will not mortgage the future with risky spending."

Writing an open letter to Liverpool fans, the club's American owner John Henry appears to have suffered momentary amnesia. What was £35m for a lanky loose cannon with only really half a season of top-flight football under his belt if not an example of "risky spending"? And as for frittering away the same sum on Jordan Henderson and Stewart Downing...

In fairness to Henry, he does later show at least a degree of self-awareness, conceding that "the process of reversing the errors of previous regimes ... has been compounded by our own mistakes in a difficult first two years of ownership". Not that those mistakes are necessarily a thing of the past, either. Just three games into the new campaign and there's already talk of Brendan Rodgers being disgruntled at having been promised a new striker so allowing Rocky to leave for London, only for moves for Clint Dempsey and others not to materialise. Of course, it can't have helped Rodgers' mood that our former striker enjoyed a superb debut for Fat Sam's West Ham, back to his bullying best against Fulham's Brede Hangeland as the Hammers raced to a three-goal lead before succumbing to a hamstring injury.

Still, we would be lobbing a stone from our glasshouse if we were to mock Liverpool's shortage of forwards. Papiss Cisse's slow start is a worry, as is the fact that without Big Lad we weren't able to name a single striker on Sunday's bench. Maybe we might regret not bringing Rocky back to Tyneside as much as the Scousers come to rue letting him go.

Meanwhile, it might interest Liverpool (but probably not us...) that Little Saint Mick is still a free agent in search of a club, despite his confidence that someone would snap him up before Friday.

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