Why Rafa must cash in at the earliest convenience

andriy_voroninFootball FanCast columnist Jerome Johnstone reflects on last night’s trip to Lyon and hopes that this will be the last time Liverpool see Voronin in a Liverpool shirt.

What is it with Ukrainian footballers in the Premier League? Rebrov, Shevchenko and Andriy Voronin all arrived on these shores with great goalscoring reputations only for them to full flat on their face in the Premier League. You would think looking at them that they would all have the physical strength and capabilities to handle the rigours of English football; however to say that they have been a disappointment is something of an understatement.

I am sure that I am not the only Liverpool fan who is having flashbacks of that Voronin miss last night and why I’m not naive to think that this goal would have had any relevance on the eventual outcome, given there was a large percentage of the game to go at that point, it just highlighted how bad this player is and how insulting it is that he is allowed to wear our shirt and represent our famous club. If someone can tell me why he was chosen ahead of Ryan Babel or David Ngog as a better option then I’ll love to hear it, I mean it wasn’t as if his set pieces provided any threat now was it.

What’s done is done as they say and why it appears our Euro dream is now out of our hands and we need a monumental effort from Lyon in Florence (are they really going to put up much of a fight?), I was proud of the effort, determination and desire that was put in by the rest of the team and it was a sign that they are all behind Benitez and committed to the football club. Unlike some of our critics I believe we have been really unfortunate in recent weeks and certainly haven’t got the results our performances have deserved and we keep getting these kicks in the teeth, like last night showed at the death. There were plenty of positives to be taken from last night that bodes well for the future and hopefully Rafa will  have woken up to the reality that Voronin is not good enough to represent Liverpool FC and needs to be shipped out at the earliest opportunity.