Go ahead and ask Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez if he’d like to play another match at Maurice Dufrasne against Standard Liege. You can almost guarantee the Spaniard would happily have a couple root canals before he ever ventured back to face the Belgium club on their pitch.
Another Merseyside team gets the chance to take Liege out of UEFA as Everton face the music against one of the most intriguing sides in Europe tonight. The only problem for Moyes is that he faces the Belgium club with a lot more on the line — more specifically his current job at the club.
David Moyes spoke of a potential turning point in Everton’s season, but the fear at Goodison Park is that Standard Liège could signal a tipping point for the manager should his side exit the Uefa Cup against the champions of Belgium tonight.
Moyes’s frustrations with the frugal realities of life at Goodison have been well-documented in recent months but now they have begun to impact on the relationship with his players, a positive diversion and progress into the Uefa Cup group stage have become a prerequisite at Stade Maurice Dufrasne. (The Guardian)
For Everton, this match could really be the turning point of the season. A win tonight would mean a huge sigh of relief for Moyes and his club. A loss, on the other hand, could be catastrophic.
What do Everton supporters think about the match? Do you believe this is the most critical match of the season?