I had a dream last night that Liverpool lost tamely to Arsenal. Get out more would be the moral of the story, I suppose. But maybe, just maybe, I had a Nostradamus moment because Liverpool might be putting in a few more tepid performances against the big boys in coming years. Rafa is sticking around.
We didn’t even know he might be on the move, but apparently so, according to The Times:
The Spaniard was approached last week by a third party claiming to represent Bayern, but he has made clear his desire to stay at Anfield, where he is plotting more significant moves during the January transfer window.
Wow, Bayern took that draw with Bolton badly. And it is not reflection on Bayern, Rafa is Liverpool to the very core:
“It is always flattering to be linked with other big clubs because it must mean you are doing something right. But even if I was approached, I would tell whichever club it was that I am really happy with my club, my squad, my supporters and my city. There are still many things I want to do here, so I am planning on being here for a long time.”
Inspirational stuff. Anyway, what are these plans for January then? Exciting?
He plans to make some fundamental changes to his squad in January and is eager to sell Scott Carson, the England goalkeeper, to Aston Villa, where he is on loan, and is prepared to offload at least one of John Arne Riise, Mohamed Sissoko and Peter Crouch to raise funds for top-class reinforcements.
And while this will pay for Javier Mascherano to become a permanent member of staff at Anfield it will also allow Liverpool to add defensive cover. How about Ezequiel Garay of Racing Santander? Sounds good to Rafa.
Exciting times at Liverpool, but are they challengers this year, or still rebuilding?