Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Liverpool Frozen Out. A Blessing or a Curse

Liverpool FC Forced to miss Second Match in Two Weeks due to Weather

By Rhydon Atzenhoffer
December 28, 2010

Another freezing weekend across the British Isles has caught the match day calender of the Liverpool Reds in a bind again. A second straight week of poor weather has caused the Reds to postpone two games on the bounce and the Merseysiders will be looking at this as either a blessing or a curse. The blessing is that their Captian Steven Gerrard will have had an extra week of training to ensure his full return to fitness. The curse however will be a fortnight off that may have affected any momentum that they might have been building had they secured a victory in either game following their humbling 3-1 loss to Newcastle United at St. James Park.

Last weekend the match against Fulham was called off due to weather, which included reports of up to two feet of snow around Merseyside and at Anfield, and now this weekend's saw the trip to Blackpool and the Seasiders fail to go off due to no underground heating for the pitch at Bloomfield Road. The match has been rescheduled for January 12, 2011, and the Fulham Match for the 26th of January, 2011. This now creates another blessing or curse for the Reds. Having been given a break of the holiday fixture cluster muck, the team has had time to lick their wounds and regain their captain. The curse now is that instead of enduring the daunting fixture cluster with the rest of the group they will now face it in January. Many other matches did get rescheduled in the same instance but some teams will have been happy to get it over with.

The time off continues to allow for more and more speculation in the press about transfers, and about the security of Roy Hodgson's position in the drivers seat. The manager has recently been noted in the press for sounding out the praises and belief that Fernando Torres is about to explode for the Reds. If El Nino does indeed explode in his goal scoring exploits it could not come at a better time for the Merseyside club whom are in the midst of their worst start in over half a century and for a club historically renowned for their goal scoring, a table position with a negative goal differential is unacceptable to everyone. Wednesday will see the Reds clash heads with the Wolverhampton Wanderers with hopes of getting back on the right foot before the start of the year.

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