We had an excellent chat with Noel from our fellow SB Nation blog 'The Liverpool Offside' earlier in the season, and we touched base with him again before Sunday when Everton travel to rematch at Liverpool.
RBM - Philippe Coutinho has been quite stellar lately, is he 'the one' to pull the strings in the Liverpool midfield for years to come?
Mostly it's just hard not to pinch myself any time he does something brilliant—after all, Liverpool just don't do bargains. In recent seasons they've been hard pressed to find good players at any price. Now here's this buzzing little dervish with magical feet who arrived for a measly £8.5M and is still only 20 years old. And, in a blatant affront to cliched expectation, he even tracks back. None of it quite adds up when you start to think on it.
TLO - If he can learn to only try to hurt people in situationally acceptable ways he might manage to go six months before his next controversy. If not then three would be pushing it. Also, this is where I say something snarky about Marouane Fellaini.
TLO - Incomplete. Most are content to give him at least another season to see where he goes after laying the foundations, but there remain as many question marks as there promising signs—as many steps backwards as forwards. In any case, in his second season it'd be nice to see him acting a bit more like a Spanish manager by embracing a bit of squad rotation. And also to stop publicly talking about where he hopes Liverpool can finish after every win, loss, or draw.
TLO - Rodgers fixed the attack but broke the defence, so that's where the work needs doing. Jamie Carragher is retiring; Martin Skrtel went from player of the season to plastered on milk cartons; and Sebastian Coates has spent more time perfecting his Dazed and Confused look than his football. Martin Kelly and Andre Wisdom offer the potential for a homegrown future at centre half, but there needs to be at least one big signing there over the summer or this time next year we'll still be talking foundations and the future.
TLO - Blackmail?
TLO - About all I'm certain of is whatever happens it'll give my chronic alcoholism the chance to shine.