Football FanCast guest columnist Jay Mahon feels the red side
of Merseyside should raise a glass to Danny Murphy for single handily bringing
his former employers back into the title race.
the world of football could forgive Liverpool fans for having the wryest of
smiles tonight and we can only hope tomorrow that we can go on and make it
count. Spurs and Fulham's surprise victories today have come as an incredible
boost to our title aspirations and finally we can actually start to believe
that all is not lost in our quest for that elusive Premier League title. I had
to great fortune to be at the Cottage this afternoon and to say it was the best
corporate day out I had in a long time, is something of an understatement.
The man whose
smile must certainly be the biggest of them all is Rafa Benitez who no doubt
took great pleasure in seeing his sour faced adversary trudging across the
Craven Cottage pitch with the world seemingly on his shoulders. Not only three
points lost, subsequent suspensions for Rooney and Scholes to go alongside
Vidic, but Berbatov left West London with his leg in the cast, I shouldn't
laugh really but I just can't help myself.
many Liverpool supporters out there tonight will be having a good old drink and
raising a few glasses at Spurs and Fulham for opening up the title race, but
the focus of my toasting is to a man who in truth got the thin end of the wedge
during his time at Anfield. Danny Murphy was absolutely outstanding this
afternoon, against one of the best midfields in the world and he seemed like he
was playing out there for his fellow Liverpool fan. He was all guts, full of
passion and played with the kind of pride that he always showed when he donned
the red of Liverpool – he controlled that game of football this afternoon, the
catalyst of Fulham's win, and I guarantee that the minute he got back to the
dressing he was receiving texts from his great mates Stevie G and JC showering
with all the plaudits that this man deserves. He single handily opened up the
title race for his former employers today and for that alone, he deserves to be
saluted on Merseyside tonight.