Liverpool and Stevie G - sort it out!?!??
Inevitably my gripe this morning is over the headlines regarding Steven Gerrard and Liverpool FC. Gerrard is said to have had a fall-out with manager Rafael Benitez, the subject of which I do not know and no media have yet explained, but they seemed to have learned of it. The club have dragged themselves over offering an improved contract. Rick Parry went away on holiday before putting something down for Gerrard to at least ponder over. Gerrard is said to have come in privately to Melwood training ground to do some solo training, had the fall-out with Benitez, and continued going through his paces with assistant Paco Esteban as both he and Benitez fumed. And finally, all avenues to any talks between club and player have apparently been permanently severed on Gerrard's word to his agency, SFX.
Perhaps SFX are pushing Gerrard to niggle the club for much more, the captain is a prized asset in the football world and could barter for a high price. A price that SFX sense Liverpool cannot, or will struggle to, match, therefore leading to a stand-off and possibly to an eventual cease on talks. We have just won the top trophy in European football over a month ago with a dramatic comeback, it was the win that incited Gerrard to want to stay, it was the win we needed to persuade him to stay. To go through that and then eventually see him leave under terse circumstances would be completely throwing away one of England's best players and the pinnacle of the kind of drive we need at Anfield. The one player isnt bigger than the club but for goodness sake the situation is becoming a calamitous farce. Gerrard cannot be allowed to leave because of silly little disagreements.
The one thing I wouldn't put up with is Gerrard being pushed to squeeze the club by his agency, or on his own accord. If Gerrard wants to go, then fair enough. Otherwise, if Liverpool are playing about, they better well straighten up and get down to business, or face the wrath of their fans.