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Benitez ignores Aquilani-shaped man

Has anyone seen this Italian?


Far be it for The Spoiler to make sweeping declarations as early as November, but with thirteen points seperating them from Chelsea, and a midweek miracle needed to keep them in Europe, things aren’t looking particularly rosy for Liverpool.

Things were made even worse on Saturday, when Benitez was dealt the double cock punch of losing Agger and Babel in the first half against Man City – nothing, it seems, is going according to plan. Which makes his decision to leave his £20 million man, Aquilani, on the bench all the more mystifying. The team is on a shocking run of form, the midfield partnership of Lucas and Mascherano have just two Liverpool goals between them, and – loyal though they seem to be – Benitez needs to keep the fans on his side.

What better way to distract them from the terrible hopelessness of it all than with the blooding of a new and exciting Italian? Let us know what you think with a comment…

8 responses so far
  • vt // November 23, 2009 at 9:37 am

    the answer is rather simple – he is not 100% match fit.

  • Phil // November 23, 2009 at 9:44 am

    But surely he’s never going to be 100% match fit if he never plays any matches??

  • McRib // November 23, 2009 at 10:25 am

    He hasn’t played a full game for over 6 months, so clearly he’s not going to start a match.

    Benayoun came on half injured having not trained for 10 days. He had to be replaced with Aurelio and not Aquilani because:

    A: Auerlio is also a left sided player
    B: We needed to see out the last 10 mins and Aurelio is a defensive-minded player

    Clearly Aquilani would have played had we not had 2 injuries in the first half, so this post is utterly pointless anti-Liverpool nonsense.

  • andy // November 23, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Although there is no doubt that McRib is slightly lacking in the sense of humour department and reading way too much into this post, I must agree that it is somewhat a pointless post as it completely fails to take into account the very exceptional circumstances (two early injuries) during the match that forced Benitez to make different substitutions to those he had originally planned

  • Pete // November 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    But surely this statement sums up Liverpool’s plight:

    “We needed to see out that last 10 mins”

    Really? You had 2-2 at home to a serious rival, having just gained the momentum by equalising. There should have been no thought of ‘seeing out the game’, but of going for the jugular of an opponent who were themselves lacking in confidence and form.

  • V // November 23, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    hear, hear, pete.

    anyway my 2 cents are: what was so wrong about keane to let him go in such a way.
    liverpool need: a xabi replacement (which they managed to hire – aquilani)
    100%fit stevie g which they still haven’t had.
    a quick 1,70-75 yet strong striker, as to say liverpools american bosses should really sign villa. if that turns out to be impossible, then sign lavezzi and or hamsik.

  • Jay // November 23, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Rafa Benitez is s*** …

  • ToneII // November 24, 2009 at 4:06 am

    What McRib said.

    This blog is constantly anti-Liverpool and the low rent nonsense is just getting more and more mysitfying.


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