Football FanCast guest columnist Paul Mathews reflects on yet another overzealous reaction to a Liverpool defeat.
I know one shouldn't be surprised at the media's overzealous reaction to another Liverpool defeat, but even by their standards the response to it was one where already we should write off our chances, end the season now and plan again for next year. One so-called respected journalist claimed that we are going to now struggle to make the top four; their naivety astounds me.
I always believed that a football season ended in May, but it appears not and once you lose three games that means your chances are now finished. The very fact we didn't win the title last season, whilst only losing two games and doing the double over Manchester United and Chelsea, must surely show these hacks and expert pundits that stats and assumptions count for little, after all United only beat one team in top four last season, yet they were the ones who ended up as Champions.
The person I feel sorry for is Rafa Benitez and the negativity towards him and the team by the parasites that make up a large percentage of the Press isn't warranted. It appears that with every defeat the same questions are being asked and it does little but put more undue pressure on him and the players. I find it equally frustrating when ex-Reds start questioning the decisions made and individual players in particular; Hansen only this morning has taken a swipe at JC and his recent performances, while Collymore has a ‘told you so' pop at the club. Both should know better and realise that the last thing the media need is fuel to their anti-Liverpool fires. They never need invitations to take a pop at us, so why send them out to them.
What is annoying about this is the consistency and while the likes of United haven't even been questioned about their failure to beat teams like Sunderland at home, our defeat to a rampant Chelsea team at present is the one that makes all the headlines. The bottom line is the ACN is going to decimate Chelsea's title chances in January and February therefore United are going to remain our toughest rival for the title and over the weekend they only made a solitary point on us, therefore talk of writing us off is simply laughable, especially after only 8 games. Rafa and Liverpool always seem to be the one to get it in the neck and in my mind that is incredibly unfair.
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