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MATCHDAY FOUR FIXTURES Tuesday Nov 3: APOEL v Porto , Atlético Madrid v Chelsea , Bayern München v Bordeaux , Besiktas v VfL Wolfsburg , Maccabi Haifa v Juventus , Manchester United v CSKA Moskva , AC Milan v Real Madrid , Olympique Marseille v Zürich Wednesday Nov 4: Arsenal v AZ , Dynamo Kyiv v Inter Milan ,Fiorentina v Debreceni VSC , Olympique Lyon v Liverpool , Rubin Kazan v Barcelona , Sevilla v VfB Stuttgart , Standard Liège v Olympiakos Piraeus , Unirea Urziceni v Rangers
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Reds not dead
As Liverpool fans fly to Lyon for what the media is dubbing a “must win” game – technically, as we’ll see later, it’s a “must draw” – the only crumbs of comfort offered them by the media are the news that Pepe Reina is to sign a new contract and a thoughtful piece by Matt Dickinson in The Times pointing out the idiocy of replacing Rafa Benitez at this point.
I have heard no clamour, not even a whisper, for the return of King Kenny among Liverpool fans as Dickinson suggests.
But he makes a persuasive case against such a sentimental move.
Even Matt cannot resist damning Rafa with faint praise, acknowledging his “maddening bloody-mindedness” and “duff deals”.
Yes, Rafa has made some “duff deals” but he has also signed Reina, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson and Javier Mascherano.
As for his
I too was surprised by Matt Dickinson's article in the Times and have never heard any Liverpool fans talking about Kenny as stepping into the Manager's seat- even in the most rabidly anti-Rafa of forums.
In fact, one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the concerted media-led "Benitez Out" campaign is the lack of viable alternatives as manager. Who else in football would want the infighting owners, financial shortcomings, and media deification of rival managers (Ferguson, Wenger) that Benitez has to contend with? And objectively, who could do a better job with the current squad caused by Liverpool consistently spending less than their rivals?
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