Where are we going?
Having come from a home game with Blackburn which we should have won but instead played quite woefully to earn a goalless draw, Liverpool enter the weekend with the knowledge that:
1) they face Everton on Sunday needing DESPERATELY three points, which would put them four points behind the Toffees and make 4th place more interesting to monitor.
2) it is the 201st Merseyside derby, as opposed to it being the 199th, as stated during John Barnes' Football Night last night on ch5. Great production and research team there.
3) they face Juventus for the first time since Heysel 1985 in the same competition, and so they have to work on a strategy to face that QF.
4) To lose the derby on Sunday would make Evertonians scoff after 'Pool fans and continuously barrack and banter us throughout the remainder of this season and pre-season.
5) Harry Kewell has voiced his rebuttal to Benitez's opinion of the Australian's current injury situation, instead of speaking to the manager directly to iron out any discrepancies and keeping any exchanges behind Anfield doors, when in all due respect Mr Kewell has delivered very, very little to believe he warrants the right to say anything publicly. This goes on to disrupt the atmosphere at the club towards a big moment in their season.
6) To allow Everton to emerge into the Champs League, even if it is the qualifying stage, is to allow the memory of Merseyside to be stained and distorted forever in Europe, especially as Liverpool wouldn't be there.
7) Losing on Sunday would also mean Bolton will be above us if they win, and not only goodbye to Champs League, particularly making way for Everton, but also it would put us in the UEFA Cup mold, which we do not want if we aim to be amongst Arsenal, Man Utd and Chelsea.
8) Statistically, Everton supersede Liverpool overall, something that the table already shows, but in the last 10 games Liverpool have won one more, lost the same and drawn one less, which could read that we are getting slightly better while the Toffees are coming to a dip.
Facing all of the above and still drawing against Blackburn, where are the Liverpool players going mentally? Are they focusing on what is at hand or are they waiting for pre-season to see if the manager is breaking up the team? Because when you face the above and Blackburn comes to Anfield, after playing Everton themselves and Leicester in the Cup quarter-finals, and Liverpool play with little conviction or desire, you have to ask the question....
"Do you feel lucky?"
"Well, do you.....punk?!!"