Both halves of Merseyside are waking up this morning clutching an empty whisky bottle, nursing a pulsating hangover and a furry tongue, and desperately trying to remember through the fuzzy and painful memories – how exactly they blew it over the weekend.
Everton were first up on Saturday and did a brilliant job of convincing everyone that they were going to win at a canter – going one nil up against the Hammers after just over ten minutes through a classic Yakubu belter. However, Everton trailed off, let West Ham back into the game – and could have even lost with young lad Freddie Sears hitting the post for the Irons. Almost as bad as the pitiful one point haul was the fact that the Toffee’s lost Tim Cahill to an injury that could see him miss the mother of all six-pointers – the Merseyside derby.
Jump over to the Liverpool camp and they had an even more rancid weekend, getting thumped 3-0 by United will always hurt, but having Macherano sent off, and thereby suspended for the derby is pouring ridiculous amounts of salt into the wound. With the FA looking into giving the Argie even more punishment, Mascherano’s decision to go ape at the most inopportune of times, could reverberate through to the Arsenal game.
Which is the bigger loss, no Cahill, or no Mascherano.