- 20 Feb 2008
- Waiting for Axelrod to return...
I genuinely don't think it is about buying into media bollocks. I totally take on board your points about the 4-3 defeat but I suspect the reason some blues are not as confident as they perhaps should be is our record there. That is reality not media spin. You say it was just one of those days but the problem is it is usually just one of those days when we play at anfield. We have had a better team than them for about 8 years now and our record there is still really poor. I absolutely know we have a significantly better team than them currently but I still don't share your optimism about us beating them comfortably. I think this is 50/50 and like Bert I am worried that we could have a mountain to climb in that second leg.
Liverpool don't have a big match mentality. They choked the Europa League Final and only seem able to raise themselves for one-off occasions.
They conceded three at Arsenal, four at Spurs (another two at home), five against City. Five over two legs against Sevilla.
Drew at home to Chelsea. Loss and a draw at United.
This is all being masked by seven against Spartak, five against a Porto team that are in all but name these days.
No doubting, flat-track bullies when it comes to Watford, West Ham etc.
There's a huge gulf between us and them when it comes to mentality and overall quality.