Liverpool manager explains controversial decision in a letter to defender

Sorry I forgot to tell you that you were surplus to requirements until the transfer window closed. I was under a lot of pressure, what with trying to sign Albert Riera, while offloading Andriy Veronin and Steve Finnan.

I have to hold my hand up and say sorry. I didn’t want you to find out like this but at least I didn’t fax you the news or drop a bombshell via text.

Sammy Lee and I have seen on the training pitch that you’ve still got plenty of life in you, but unfortunately you just don’t have the speed these days. Let’s face it, none of us are getting any younger, but speed is imperative when defending in the Champions League.

It’s not all bad news. Carra or Agger might get injured between now and Christmas, and then we’ll come begging for you to be involved in the CL in the New Year. Provided we make the grade, of course.

In the meantime, try and concentrate on excelling when you get a run-out at Fulham, the Carling Cup and, er, possibly coming off the bench as a sub against Stoke. Other than that, you can help coach the young lads and experiment with growing your lovely blonde locks a little longer.

Well, must get on with my paper work. I’m trying to figure out the best formation to field against Man United without the likes of Stevie G and Fernando. It’s going to be a tough one, so if you have any suggestions, send me a text.

Hope we’re still friends, in spite of me dropping you so unceremoniously like that, Sami. You’ve always been a loyal servant of Liverpool FC and I’m sure you’ll continue in a positive frame of mind.

Ever the cheeky scouser,

El Kop Boss
PS. Walk On!

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