But it must only be used for a shot seemingly launched from a catapult with reckless abandon. We also have mails on Dimi Berbatov, Cesc Fabregas and lots more...
That's the question posed in a wide and varied Mailbox, along with several others including Lloris dropping bollocks, Stewie Griffin's return & a thank you to David Healy...
If you have anything to say on any subject, mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
HE'S COMING BACK!
Kevin Kelly, Co. Armagh, living in Geordieland, relax mate. I have it on good authority that Ronaldo is coming back to United. Y'see Nike are apparently pissed off that their number one asset is running around every week in an Adidas shirt, so of course they're going to send over a wheelbarrow of cash to David Moyes to bring him back. BECAUSE THAT'S HOW THESE THINGS WORK. It's just common sense, innit?
Brendan And The Half-Time Problem
I am baffled by Brendan Rogers recent comments that the turning point in last night's game was the injury to Coutinho. Coutinho has been an ever present in an all of Liverpool's games so far this season, and the most notable turning point (with perhaps the exception of the the Stoke game) has been half time. The arrival of half time seems to have an allergic reaction with any creative spark or ambition within the Liverpool squad. A switch goes off in their brains as they revert to Neanderthal tactics in the second half and drag their knuckles around the pitch, batting the ball away from their own danger area and continuously conceding possession. As Dazza from Dublin rightly pointed out in this mornings mail, this tactic of soaking up the pressure in the second half is not going to achieve great things. We were lucky to get away with a draw in the end last night, and we were lucky to walk away with wins in our previous games, and inevitably luck runs out.
I fear that ear-marking Coutinho as the next messiah may have been a touch premature. Liverpool greats past and present were preaching all summer about how our young Brazilian was going to lead us to the promised land, and I would be very wary of lavishing this praise on his young shoulders after only five impressive months in a Liverpool jersey. Newcastle and Everton fans will recall how Cisse and Jelavic never quite hit the heady heights as they embarked on their first full seasons with the clubs. We thought we had stealthfully plucked an unpolished diamond from the rough of Inter Milan'ss ranks. But the bare facts are that he had achieved very little untill arriving at Liverpool and I think that it is unfair to have him up on this pedestal all of a sudden. Rodgers seems to be clinging onto the performances of last season, and is blind to the fact that Coutinho hasn't contributed any goals or assists so far this season, so it seems bizarre that he would point toward his injury as last nights turning point.
Saying that, to have 10 points after 4 games is nothing to be shirked at. Part of ManUs success was down to squeezing out 3 points when perhaps results shouldn't have gone their way. Liverpool's best player still to come back and fingers crossed that Coutinho will rediscover that form that had him carving open defences for fun last season, along with the new recruits to bed in over the next few weeks, and hopefully Liverpool won't have to be riding their luck any more.
Eamonn (hoping that Coutinho doesn't have a severe case of Jelavicitis), LFC
I miss the old curly haired, back street favella playing coutinho. I used to sigh jealously as he'd strut out onto the pitch and I'd picture him running barefoot after a plastic bag stuffed with newspaper as he played Keepy Uppy and tapped it off the local drug lords side wall untill the sun went down.
This manicured haircut seems to have eroded some of his free spirited, samba creative incision. Now all I can see is him sitting in front of his home cinema, flicking through the latest Ferrari, Lexus and Bentley brochures whilst deciding which exclusive key party to attend at the weekend.
Come on Phillipe ... Grow those lovely curly locks again so we can see that samba talent shine through once more.
After reading some of the comments by F365 readers in relation to Liverpool's draw against Swansea I was suprised to see some of the venom and lynch mob behaviour being directed towards Aspas.
We are 4 games into the season and there seems to be a small number of supporters who want to see his head on a stick at the Anfield gates.
The fact is he came on in a second half last night where Liverpool have developed an annoying habit of playing within themselves and with their backs to the wall. Fair enough, he hasn't set the world on fire over his 4 games but he deserves to be given some time, and in truth no real Liverpool player has impressed significantly apart from sturridge who continues to bang in those all important goals.
In the comments everyone was singing Coutinhios praises as he is a fan favorite, and quite rightly so after the impressive performances he put in the second half of last season. He had an impressive game against stoke and was probably unlucky that his contribution didn't reap more goals. However the last 3 games he has been more anonymous, and even last night when he was being played in the central role that rogers expects to see him in, he failed to make a major impact for the 60 minutes he was on the field. This season Aspas has one assist to his name, one more than any goal or assist to coutinhios name this season.
I'm not bashing Coutinhio, far from it, as I enjoyed his scintillating displays last season, and know that he will hit that form again. When on song he is one of our most important attacking options along with suarez and Sturridge.
It is important not to get wrapped up in the performances of Coutinhio last season and to use these as a stick to beat Aspas with. Some supporters blame the shoddy 30/40 minute implosion on that forced substitution. At the moment Liverpool are achieving results without being exceptional. I'm just confused at the current sentiment of having Coutinhio on this untouchable podium and Aspas set to be burned at the stake .... Or am I missing something?
As usual the sacred cows of English football are protected by Sky's pundits.
Whilst, no-one doubts that the Neviller, and now Carragher are bringing a new level of honesty to punditry they really need to apply this across the board.
For the first goal Stevie G turned his back on the strike. Virtually every week in analysis, Neville slates "foreign players" not having the guts to take one for the team. (See recent filleting of Chamakh). For the second he simply doesn't track Shelveys run and allows him in behind. Cue much analysis of "new foreigner" Sakho taking the rap along with Skrytel for not tracking across.
And finally....I'll name him for you Gary....it's Wayne Rooney (see end of invincibles run)
Carra & Neviller
So Sandy in this morning's mailbox reckons that Jamie Carragher's presence on MNF this year reduces the amount of time that Neville speaks? When there was previously one pundit talking and now there are two, doesn't it automatically follow that the first will say less? Roughly 50% less or so?
I personally would watch MNF to hear the debate between these two, even if there was no match in between! Already there have been some great exchanges (Neville calling Carragher a burglar and Carragher stating last night that no one grows up wanting to be Gary Neville!)
James, LFC, London
Pleased To Michu
I'm going to take the bait laid by Dazza in his 16 conclusions from this morning's mailbox:
"It's quite funny that Swansea were allegedly looking for £25m for Michu - all the while looking like a case of first season syndrome"
I'm not going to get bogged down in valuations but I think Michu has made a cracking start to his second season at Swansea. He has 3 goals and 4 assists to his name already (including a goal last night, Dazza).
Now if goals and assists don't float your boat, Michu made 7 key passes in one game against West Brom (As pointed out by F365 at the time).
His movement off the ball is excellent. Also after the West Brom game, Alan Shearer (Yes, Shearer) pointed this out quite nicely on Match of the Day, showing how Michu's unselfish runs create space for midfielders to exploit.
He is an expert at catching defenders out when they are not concentrating and stealing the ball from them. There was a good example of this last night when he tackled Enrique on the edge of the Liverpool area late in the second half.
I expect Michu have another great season this time around.
Sam The ("Low! Lie! [mumble]) Swan
Isn't That Missing A 'S'?
Just a word of warning. Reading through Mediawatch I got to the part about Martin Keown in which he discusses the Champions League groups (well, those with British clubs anyway, natch). Out of curiosity I decided to widen my vocabulary and find out what 'natch' actually means. It of course means Naturally.
It also has an urban slang reference as well. Let's just say it's like the surname of a certain German footballer who scored the equaliser against England in the 1-1 semi final of Euro 1996, and very difficult to pass off as casual reading material to anyone passing by at that moment.
Honestly, you crazy kids and your attempts to get down with the yoof are going to get me fired, natch.
Chris ITFC, Liverpool
More Diving Punishments
I've a pretty draconian idea on how to help eradicate diving from the game, certainly in the penalty area anyway. If a player contrives to win a penalty by diving / simulation and is caught, the referee awards the other team the penalty. The diving player in question then has to carry the ball the length of the pitch and place it on the other penalty spot. No yellow or red cards are needed in this situation as I believe the humiliation of being caught cheating, then being made to carry the ball in front of tens of thousands of baying fans to setup a penalty for the opposing team would make Ashley Young et al. think twice before ever trying it again.
I'm sure it would never be put into practice but it'd be fun to see.
Daniel, London CFC
I'm not entirely sure how Hugo plans to enforce his refereeing code of conduct point that refs can't write books. Imagine the scene...
Mike Riley - "Mark, you can't write that book, or we'll suspend you from being a ref"
Mark Halsey - "I've already retired"
Mike Riley - "right you are. Crack on"
Mark Halsey - "by the way, given what a bad ref you were, how on earth did you get this job?"
Mike Riley - "good question, no idea. All I did was text Sir Alex to say I quite fancied it and before I knew it here I was. Amazing, isn't it."
Australia has a ref that can't count to 6? Pffff, we have Graham Poll who can't count to 2!
Geoff the quietly confident Evertonian
Keeping Track Of Degsy
Degsy watch. Now I know the Cheeky Punt is just a bit of fun, but I really hope Degsy doesn't actually bet on his tips. The current total is 7 successful bets from 36 tipped, with this weekend just gone contributing solidly with a stellar 1 out of 9 effort. But I am not worried - I fully expect a 5-4 prediction to come in at 50-1 later in the season, which we will hear about for the next 6 months.
Love your work Degsy - funniest column on the site.
The Peng, FFC, SW6
In response to James McCormack's question, in the late 90's Newcastle were known for their "Shear Speed" (Alan Shearer, Gary Speed).
...Surely not a more pious name combo in the PL at the moment than the attacking duo at Spurs.
Christian Eriksen and Robert Soldado - aka Christian Soldier.
How long before the catchy ditty "Onward Christian Soldier" is heard ringing out from the WHL terraces?
Probably a long time.
I thank you.
Sean, Spurs, Maryland
Little Red(mond) Riding Hood and the big bad (van) Wolf(swinkel).
I'm really, really sorry.
...In response to James (I hope you're reading this Alan) McCormack, EC1 about footballing partnerships with fittig names; the first two names on the Ajax team sheet (literally, it's the keeper and RB) are Vermeer and Van Rhijn (as in Rembrandt). Talk about Dutch Masters!
Joe (they'll be painted black after playing Barca tomorrow though), FFC