Conspiracy theories without Mel Gibson…

January 9, 2009 · by Steven McMillan · Premier League

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It’s been dark days around Stoke recently. Winless in 6. Out of the FA Cup. Only 1 goal in their last 4 outings. Suspensions and injuries. In the relegation zone with no conceivable plan out. Mysterious, festering boils spreading around the dressing room. Things are looking grim and facing the EPL pacesetters is unlikely to help with either their form or the aforementioned skin condition.

When your head of the pack, there are no easy games. It’s become clich√© to say but this is a BIG weekend in terms of Liverpools title aspirations. With ManYoo playing Chel$ki, we have a good opportunity to consolidate our place at the top of the table. Failing to claim all 3 points would be an absolute disaster at this point. Re-enforcing our league position is absolutely paramount. With the fixture list we have in the next few weeks, claiming points against abysmal teams like Stoke becomes increasingly important.

Earlier on in the season the Potters held us to an embarrassing scoreless draw. It was a famous night for Stoke and one of the few low points of our season. The likelihood of this happening again? I’m going to say slim to none. They might have beat Arsenal at home and had a chance performance or two but their star is quickly tarnishing. Our earlier meeting was more frustrating than the auto-formatting in Microsoft Office but with our respective form, the onslaught is going to be too much to handle. Call me over confident. Call me biased. Call me a lazy hack with more sentence fragments than football knowledge. It doesn’t change the fact that I’m all of those things and Stoke is pants.

siralex.jpgInstead of talking about the upcoming match, Rafa took time out of his busy day to take a not so veiled shot at Sir Alex. It wasn’t so much a veiled attack as it was an outright bashing. With humour worthy of a dystopian Kurt Vonnegut novel, Rafa detailed his theory on Fergusons constant paranoia and the laughable plight of the “Respect” campaign. When ManYoo isn’t on top, Fergie sees dark shadows everywhere. The fixture list must be to blame. The ref is Scouse. The price of hair gel is adversely effecting Ronaldos performance. It’s absolute madness. Did all the fuss over the “Special One” these last few seasons blind us to the fact that Fergie is a senile dope? To be quite honest, I didn’t think Rafa had it in him to go on a rant like this. Is this the beginning of a serious War of Words? Has Rafa just got a bee in his bonet? Will Fergusons predictable retort contain his usual backwards jibber-jabber? Does anyone know what jibber-jabber is? Fantastic times we live in people, these are the days.

-steven.

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