OUR football correspondent LIAM MACKEY is back in top form and full of energy.
He casts his eye over your comments and gives his own critical analysis of the goings on throughout the world of football.
You may agree with him or then again you may not.
This week Rafa’s negative influence on the team; Rafa’s perfect 10; Gerrard and Carragher have lost confidence in Rafa; Hansen predicted Pool for title as well as you Liam; The demands on Hughes were outrageous; Mancini not good enough for Prem; Dunne to get player of the year; Wolves get their win against Burnley; Newsdesk being run by Utd fans; Soccer will always be the world game.
The Letter of the Week goes to Mike from Cork. Get in touch with your postal address and our magnificent prize will be winging its way to you before you know it.
HEY LIAM, like the majority of Liverpool fans, I have a terrible feeling of déjà vu right now. The current run of form is spookily similar to the last season of the Houllier reign. The players seem have stopped playing for Benitez and the next few months could be key to the future of this great club both on and off the pitch.
The board now have a huge decision to make. Do they release what little funds there may seem to be available to Rafa in the upcoming transfer window or do they hold those funds in place until the summer and then decide who gets to spend it. Personally I would fear Rafa spending money on anyone at the moment, and therefore he should try to bring in a few players on loan deals. Gareth Bale, David Bentley, Benni McCarthy to name a few.
OK, let’s take Rafa at face value when he says that Aquilani was carrying an injury at the weekend. But how does that explain leaving out Yossi Benayoun to give Dossena a bit of a run out. No wonder people like Collymore are saying that Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have lost confidence in him.
Gareth Pearce, Waterford, by email
OUR SHOUT: Not enough, obviously. Remind me to have a word with the boss.
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