Here are two football teams battling for the biggest prize in Europe. Can you guess who they are? (Cue “Camberwick Green” music¹).
Yes, it’s 2005 and the Champions League Final:
And who was playing on that night?
|LB||3||Paolo Maldini (c)|
|CM||8||Steven Gerrard (c)|
|LM||6||John Arne Riise|
Of all the Liverpool players, only Stevie Gerrard and Carra can still be found (and actually they’re both out injured).
So where are they now? Here’s the tale of the tables:
Yes, where Milan lead the top of their table by 6 points, Liverpool are in 9th and yesterday lost to Newcastle, who’ve been playing so badly they recently sacked their manager (as did Liverpool last season). We’re looking at a top ten finish at best.
Two seasons ago we came 2nd in the league and Torres scored the most goals of any foreign newcomer to the EPL. Now Torres has struggled with injury and is reduced to bickering (OK, he played in the World Cup Final, but pulled up injured and didn’t score).
I’ll always support Liverpool of course and have 2005 (and 1977) to remember but A) we shouldn’t have sold Alonso (he scored the tying goal remember) and B) we really need to buy in the January transfer window. Otherwise Milan have the last laugh.
And I ain’t just being Windy Miller.
¹If you’ve never seen this or forgotten it, it was a children’s show back in the 60s-70s, and more recently was referred to in the second season of Life on Mars.