Football FanCast guest columnist Dean Lynch is fed up to the back teeth of the media's attempts to rock the Liverpool applecart.
They say not to kick a man when they are down, however it appears that with every bad Liverpool result there is a sea of people in the Press only too willing to heap more pressure on Rafa Benitez and unsettle the club with speculative rumours. Today as proved no different, with the stories that Juventus are lining up a £23m January bid.
They seem determined to break this club in any way possible and full credit to Rafa Benitez for the remarkable resolve he has shown throughout. The Spaniard has clearly learnt his lesson from last year when he tended to bite at any accusations, which saw the infamous outbursts, which many felt had a negative impact on the football club and subsequently damaged our season. I admire the way that Rafa has bitten his lip in the face of such provocation, whether it is from the media, or earlier this week the ill timed comments from George Gillett.
We have of course been here with Mascherano once before and where it was once Barcelona, they have decided to move to Juventus instead, and it is clear that they won't stop until they finally see the Argentinean pack his bags. Perhaps they have forgotten Rafa Benitez's statements that he will not be sold this season, or the player claiming he was happy to remain at Anfield, but it clearly doesn't stop their insatiable quest to break us any way possible.
I never understand why it us that always gets it in the neck or why Rafa Benitez gets so much grief, especially as he is one manager who always gives his time to the press, happy to talk to the TV camera after the game no matter what the result is. A certain Alex Ferguson kicks a hissy fit with the press, refuses to talk to people like the BBC and in a week where he makes outrageous claims about a referees professionalism, he has been subsequently ignored and free of criticism. The double standards of the media is a joke and perhaps the best way Liverpool can move on from them is to ignore them in the future.