Rover Down Under Posted February 21, 2010 Share Posted February 21, 2010 BRFCS Liverpool Away Preview Liverpool: Manager: Rafael Benitez, appointed 1/07/2004, 49 years old Transfer balance sheet 2009/2010 Transfer revenue: £ 44.9 million Transfer expenditure: £ 39 million Transfer balance: £ +6 million Number of players: 25, Foreign players: 20 (80%) Rovers: Manager: Sam Allardyce, appointed 17.12.2008. 55 years old Transfer balance sheet 2009/2010 Transfer revenue: £ 29.5 million Transfer expenditure: £ 11.6 million Transfer balance: £ 17.9 million Number of players: 26, Foreign players: 22 (84.6 %) Total squad purchase price: Liverpool: £ 161 million Blackburn Rovers: £ 31.5 million Cost per point: Liverpool: £ 3.6 million (44 points) Blackburn Rovers: £ 1 million (31 points) Cost per goal: Liverpool: £ 3.7 million (43 goals) Blackburn Rovers: £ 1.2 million (26 goals) Cost per win: Liverpool: £ 12.3 million (13 wins) Blackburn Rovers: £ 3.9 million (8 wins) With recent circumstances surrounding Portsmouth and it looking increasingly likely the club will go into receivership this preview will have a bit of a financial slant (rather than reminiscing on 14/5/95 etc.). Lets kick off with a look at the relative costs of Rovers and Liverpool, who are, probably, the next in the list of clubs in serious financial difficulties. We are far better off financially and it’s not hard to see why. Liverpool’s squad cost five times more than ours and with 44 points, 43 goals and 13 wins. It costs them three times what we spend per point, per goal and per win. Add to that a much higher wage bill, despite having one less player than us, erratic, careless owners a new stadium that’s not being built and a new player in the big bucks game in the form of Man City and being a Liverpool fan ain’t so rosy anymore. It’s good that reality is finally catching up with these teams, unfortunately we all know that should the worst come to the worst some Dubious Dubaiers will cough up for the club. Champions League football is looking increasingly unlikely next season for the reds which will see a further reduction in income and with the club already looking for 100 million just to finance debts and rollover loans this fact won’t sit comfortably with any potential new investors. Self-delusion was usually the stronghold of Newcastle United fans but Liverpool fans have easily filled those shoes this season. One bunch propose that 100,000 Liverpool fans cough up 5,000 each to buy the club. Riiiiighht...lets see 100,000 ‘Pool fans, well I’m sure there are far more than that worldwide but the group clearly overlooked one or two obvious flaws in their plan. Firstly, the 50,000 odd Scousers in Liverpool would have to nick the 5 grand off each other and the other 50,000 “fans” (complete with knock-off shirts) overseas all live in countries where 5 grand is the median annual salary. Not surprisingly this plan resulted in an epic failure. So the hunt for someone to finance the clubs debts – just read that again – yes, finance the clubs DEBTS, not finance the club – is still underway. "Liverpool football club is about paying down debt and not winning trophies and that is simply not good enough for a club of Liverpool’s standing," a spokesman for Spirit of Shankly recently said, welcome to the real world mate, you must be exhausted after 2 decades in the clouds onboard Cloud Cuckoo Airways. The farce of the Premier League is best summed up in this quotation: "What’s changed since the Premier League broke away from the Football League in 1992? Everything. If you won the First Division title, you were the best team in England. If you win the Premier League, you owe someone £500 million.” All too true. Trouble is when you have 5 teams all trying to win the league that’s 5 teams who will owe 500 million, each. Anyway, I’m getting carried away, what’s happening on the pitch? Well the form guide isn’t favouring anything for us; 12 points for L’pool from last 5 home games, 0 points for Rovers from last 5 away. We only have a few Big 4 games left and for once this season I would just love us to put up a fight for once. It’s made me sick to the stomach to watch us being shafted so badly every time we play Big 4’s (apart from Chelski away when we were, actually, sick to the stomach.) From the little I’ve seen this season L’pool aren’t so good in the air, a di Santo / Kalinic partnership could cause them a few problems but Sam will probably go for one up front again. Reina has been in good form, Carragher not so, Skrtel is a weak link and about the only player I really rate is Babel. L’pool score a lot in the last 15 minutes, much as we like to score in the first 15, then throw it away. Trying to score early then defend would be a bad move, I think Sam will bring Hoilett and Kalinic on late in the game to try and nick a win and hold things steady with di Santo or Roberts up front until then. Having Dunny back will be a boost and hopefully he can show his counterpart why they might be team mates this Summer. Gerrard is, in my opinion, the most overrated player in the Premier League. Having seen him play dozens of times against Rovers or for England I completely fail to see why he is considered to be one of the world’s best. He is very good, don’t get me wrong, but he is by no means as outstanding as everyone makes out. This is not necessarily his fault, he is the victim of todays videobite, YouTube clip, media driven and football cult of personality oriented society. One of the best Rovers team goals of the past decade was against Liverpool in 2006 (1-0) Tugay turned Gerard inside out making him look like a Sunday league amateur before threading a ball to Peders who squared for burger boy to score. I’d be interested to see if he makes it in Spain when L’pool are forced to sell him and Torres this Summer (I hope). Optimistically we might nick a win by a goal, we drew with them at home earlier this season (our highest home gate) so we know they are not as invincible as their fellow Big 4. Pessimistically, they find form and we’re on the receiving end of another thumping and more pain in the goal difference column. Realistically, we will huff and puff and not do very much and they will grab a goal in our ever-present “let’s go to sleep for a few minutes in defence” period. I’m generally an optimistic kind of person though Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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