19. febrúar, 2005
Ekki það að ég nenni að fara útí frekari Gerrard umræðu, en pistlar eftir Paul Tomkins ættu að vera skyldulesning fyrir alla Liverpool aðdáendur. Það á við um nýjasta pistil hans: Steven Gerrard To Meet Chelsea Officials Next Week .
Hann talar akkúrat um það sama og ég var að reyna að koma orðum að í mínum pistli:
Fans are turning against Gerrard in their droves (to varying degrees), in anticipation of the jilting Dear John letter left of the mantlepiece. With a lover, when you see rejection on the horizon, at least you can leave them first. As fans, we can’t walk out on Liverpool Football Club.
There is definitely a sea-change in opinion towards the player. Not so long ago he was untouchable, the biggest local hero since Fowler, and moving up to stand alongside the very best players in the club’s history. Now there is little unconditional love. What love there is is based purely on the hope he’ll stay, and only if that condition is met will that affection be shown in full force. Without him signing a new long-term deal at Liverpool (which is never going to happen), there will be no long-term dedication. Words about staying will ring hollow.
Mæli með öllum pistlinum.