So King Kenny’s return was spoilt by dirty cheating United, and now the whole Scouse world is claiming that the ref was paid off, that Berbatov is a dirty diving cheat and that $tevie G is second only to Mother Teresa in the goodwill stakes.
It is funny how a relatively straightforward win over local rivals can be twisted so heavily in the press and online. Liverpool did nothing to win yesterdays match, in fact thinking back to the game one struggles to even think of a chance they created. Furthermore the penalty was a penalty, albeit a soft one, but there was contact and Berbatov lost his balance. Yes it might not have been given but considering that there were two other occasions that looked to be fairly clear fouls in the box perhaps the Liverpool fans should be thankful that it was only the one.
To the red card. It was a red card. Which ever way you look at it he went in off the ground with two feet and completely out of control. The referees do a tour of the training grounds every year and they warn players about exactly those types of tackle. They are red card offenses, so I cannot for the life of me see what people are complaining about. Gerard was out of control and could have done serious damage to Carrick.
I have read comparison to the Rafael tackle in the moments leading up to Gerard’s red, but there was nothing to suggest they were even remotely similar. In one the player was completely in control, in the other it was a wild lunge.
Now to the really disgraceful bit, Ryan Babel and Paul Dalglish. As if old Kenny having a good old moan post game wasn’t enough his son launched a tirade on Twitter and then was quickly followed by Ryan Babel. Now I know Rio is constantly airing his opinions on the twitter forum but to accuse the referee, and England’s top referee at that, of bias and of being a cheat is fairly disgraceful. Whilst Paul Dalglish isn’t affliated with Liverpool, surely he should know better than making the comments he did. With Ryan Babel I truly hope the FA make an example out of him and handed out a ban and a long ban at that (6 games +). When players resort to tweeting in the manner Babel did they are bringing the game into disrepute and should be punished accordingly.
Having said all that, we all know that nothing is ever quite fair for good old LFC. And to beat them when they all think it is so horribly unfair actually makes it all a bit more enjoyable.