Lets put the game to bed, quite simply, the reason we all love and hate football. United dominated without ever looking likely to take the game away from their fallen rivals. Liverpool took their chances and won. Well done, that's football no problem with that, Kenny isn't the first and won't be the last to send out a team on the defensive against United, and it won't be the last time United will be sucker punched by team keeping it tight and playing on the break.
I had £5 on Liverpool to do the cup double before they beat City and got 30-1 so don't get me wrong I want Liverpool to now win the cups.
However the comments, the boo'ing and the "debate" around it have all missed the point. Kenny said the tone was "about right", "good banter"... really? "Players get boo'ed all the time" Dalglish confidently said... erm yes but most of the time it is because the fans feel they have been wronged by the player... players going back and getting boo'd, players who get boo'd for causing injury, players who get boo'd for not performing, players get boo'ed for lots of reasons... but its generally because of something they have done. When Liverpool rock up to OldTrafford and Suarez is roundly boo'ed and abused he'll have brought that upon him self... with Evra though.. he is the player who was wronged, irrespective of the "if" and "buts" and the excuses that have been banded around, nothing has ever come of this stance by Kenny and Liverpool, Suarez has been found guilty and been given punishment.
Liverpool fans disgraced their club... a club that already is begining to look like a bull dog eating the thistle backwards... The Boo'ing was bad enough when Evra had done no wrong... but then the chants... I ain't going to repeat them because they were wrong, childish and nasty. Lets not pretend it was "just a few"... "just a few" doesn't get picked up by pitch side microphones quite like that.... and then for it to be dismissed as "banter" by Kenny Dalgish who would have heard it is more evidence to the fact that King Kenny is a PR idiot.
Will Evra worry about being Boo'ed? No, will Evra complain to the FA about the "banter" I guess United would ask him not to but it wouldn't surprise me and just maybe it's time for Liverpool to play behind some closed doors for a while and see how impressed the American owners are with that... of course it won't happen... but if the fans can't use a modicum of their brains and behave and then the manager comes out and simply dismisses it lightly as "banter" then how is that good for football? A player being abused because they reported grotesque behaviour by a fellow professional... can Liverpool fans, that attended this game, see that what happened reaches out beyond football... it's a social problem, it's an education problem... Suarez may have been a mistake, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't have been punished. This wasn't about football or your team, this was about righting a wrong which the FA did and all fans should support. Evra didn't deserve to be boo'ed, if Liverpool fans want to boo someone, want to vent their anger at the person who is at fault, wait until Suarez come back and boo him, he is the sole person responsible for his ban and everything else... will that happen though?
Reports suggest the new owners are already less then impressed with Dalgish's on the pitch performance, but add that to the Suarez Saga and really I think Kenny should have listened to the old adage...
"Never Go Back"
Liverpool fans may still be seeing life in tinted rose, but the rest of the world are seeing a great club tumble in terms of both on and off the pitch reputations...
Every club needs to leave it's hero's behind eventually... perhaps they should have left Kenny behind a long time ago...
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