David Martin reckons that rather than sniping and and mouthing tasteless obscenities at each other maybe Evertonians and Liverpudlians should be concentrating on the fact that yesterday was undoubtedly one of the worst Merseyside Derbies in the Premiership era?
Many tried to point out that this match was a “dead rubber” but I am not having that. David Moyes was adamant that European football was still a possibility and despite Rodgers claiming this game wasn’t as important for Liverpool, his words sounded hollow and unconvincing when aligned to those of his Captain. The fact remains that the Derby is massively important to both clubs and their fans, the outpouring of vitriol towards each other since is testament to that. However, both clubs failed to produce a decent performance with guile and quality lacking in equal measure. It is the fact that both teams have fallen short once again this season that should be of real concern to fans.
Despite several people in the media insisting Evertonian’s celebrated jubilantly at the final whistle I am yet to find one that is anything but deflated and disappointed. Europe has been very much a possibility for Everton this season and it was all the more galling to find our admittedly now slim hopes all but extinguished at Anfield of all places. A tired team out of ideas took to the pitch and aside from the back line and perhaps the much maligned Leon Osman, no one seemed able or capable of showing the energy levels required to succeed in such a game.
David Moyes could not have put out a better team even considering minor quibbles over the recently equally ineffective Anichebe and Jelavic but there was just not enough in the tank. With increasing number of players clearly carrying knocks, looking lethargic and on a plane to the Maldives in their heads it is clear that a failure to strengthen in January has once again punished Everton.
As we limp towards the end of another nearly season we are once again on the cusp of something great but we may as well be a million miles away if whoever the Manager is does not see some money from somewhere in the summer. This remains a good team but one that is destined to continually come up short while it ages and quality replacements cannot be bought. Liverpool lined up with one of the most average teams I have seen but it is almost certain that they will improve next year and their squad is far younger. I for one would be distraught if they once again overtake simply because they can buy the quality to move forward.
It seems that every season I feel we are at a crossroads but perhaps now more than ever it is one in which we have to make the right turning or risk being run down. It’s going to be an interesting, horrible, exciting and tortuous summer. I might stock up on the ale now!