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We're back, with our once a month post -- from Correspondent Scott:
With Liverpool’s recent results having slapped me into some type of disbelieving stupor, the confluence of (1) coaching my daughter in a tournament this past weekend and (2) a delightful visit from my boyhood soccer coach, George Merrin, brought me to my senses, such as they are. Of course, Liverpool’s 3-2 squeaker over Aston Villa helped too. Long-time readers of farlieonfootie will remember I paid homage to George when he last visited in 2011, thankfully not his last visit as thought at the time. George hails from England but now lives in Australia and was my soccer coach when I lived in Saudi Arabia – the most influential coach I ever had, as you can probably tell by the fact that we have stayed in touch for the last 30 years. It was so meaningful to me for him to visit and see just how far his influence extends – An English coach training an American in Saudi Arabia fostered a passion for the game that led to my humble coaching efforts with 9 year old girls (and often shambolic literary efforts hereon). The very definition of a legacy.
As some may recall, George is a life-long Canaries fan and fate would have that Liverpool played Norwich City on his first weekend in town. He was very pleased with the 1-1 result and I suppose watching with him and seeing his enjoyment took some of the sting out of a draw we were supposed to win. Or I should say temporarily took the sting out since Liverpool’s poor play has swelled to such proportions that Brendan Rodgers has every reason to fear for his job. In fact, it could be that only Daniel Sturridge’s return has saved the Liverpool gaffer….for now.
At least Philippe Coutinho is back from suspension to bamboozle opponents and James Milner seems to be hitting his stride. Injuries to Christian Benteke and Jordan Henderson certainly don’t help but Mamadou Sakho back in the lineup seems to give some assurances over the schizophrenic Dejan Lovren. However, no injuries or lineup changes can excuse needing penalties to send off Carlisle United in the League Cup. Liverpool is like a misfiring engine that may or may not get into gear. We’ll see if a Merseyside derby this weekend can spark it to life.