Jorge Valdano ræddi fyrir nokkru um fótbolta almennt við BBC Sport og m.a. ber Liverpool þar á góma. Ég hef tekið nokkrar spurning út sem lesendur BBC Sport hafa lagt fyrir Valdano (getum líka hætt að horfa á leikskýrsluna frá síðasta leik). Ég verð að segja að hann svarar vel fyrir sig Argentínumaðurinn…
Do you remain pessimistic or optimistic about the future of football?
I am a realist. Football is a metaphor for the time and place you are playing in. He who does not agree with the evolution of football does not believe in the evolution of the world.
What is your current view of the English game? Do you think Argentine duo Tevez and Mascherano have improved as players since they came to England?
The Anfield fans are the best player on the side and they drive the team’s intense, unstoppable style. I believe Liverpool are very competitive but it is all done so rapidly that I get tired just watching it. My interest, above all, is when Xabi Alonso is at the controls.
Tevez is very intelligent and gives the English fans what they ask for. He is a player of great skill, who has gained in aggression, although at times he runs too much for my liking. I do not like it when a defender seems to be playing in attack.
Mascherano is, possibly, the best central midfielder in the world. With him on the pitch a coach can sleep easily.
Do you regret the fact that you never had the opportunity to play in England? And if you could manage any Premier League team right now, which would you choose?
I deeply regret not having played in England. I have always admired Liverpool.
What do you think about the current salary top level footballers recieve now compared to the 70s and 80s?
Players’ earnings are related to what they produce and they now produce more than they did in past decades. Capitalist justice.
Já og eitt sem er nú reyndar ekki fréttnæmt fyrir stuðningsmenn Liverpool en talið er næsta víst að Rafa ætli að selja Pennant í janúar (ótrúlegt).