Following his suggestion that Luis Suarez should reject Arsenal and stay at Liverpool after seeing 'the sheer size and status of the club' on the Reds' pre-season tour, Brendan Rodgers refuses to put the shovel down and returns to his explanation for Pepe Reina's departure.
"It was obviously a difficult decision. From last season I was led to believe that we were going to get an offer for Pepe that would probably see him leave the club," said Rodgers.
"An opportunity arose for Pepe and it was one we felt as a football club was best for him to take. As a senior goalkeeper, he needs to be playing. It's a very important year for him with the World Cup next year.
"It wouldn't have served any purpose, both for the club and him personally, if he'd been the one missing out."
It wouldn't have served any purpose, Brendan? Purpose such as competition for places?
Said Brendan on June 22: "Pepe Reina and I went out for a meal a couple of months before the end of the season and I told him exactly what we were going to do, which was to provide real competition in that area."
Sometimes this s**t writes itself.
Mediawatch has enjoyed the sudden rise in footballers' parents giving interviews about their children's transfer prospects this summer. We've heard Mama and Papa Cavani speak about almost every club in Europe aside from young Edinson's chosen destination of PSG, and old man Alcantara has also chipped in with a few nuggets here and there on his boy's future.
However, anyone thinking these proud parents can bring any clarity to the rumours and bulls**t in the gossip columns need look no further than Thiago and dad Mazinho's differing views on reported interest from Manchester United.
Said Thiago: "The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie."
From the press, you say? We wonder what gave them that idea...
"Thiago was very close to signing with Manchester United. They had talks. But they couldn't find an agreement."
Mediawatch never had Mazinho down as an embarrassing dad.
Forcing A Point
In comparing Luis Suarez's goalscoring record to Edinson Cavani and Falcao and what that means for the striker's value, Steven Howard writes in The Sun: 'Cavani, though, scored 104 goals in 138 games for Napoli, runners-up to Juventus last season.
'Falcao scored 72 in 87 for Porto, then 70 in 90 for Atletico, who qualified for the Champions League last season.
'Suarez, despite last season's 30 in 44, has 51 in 96 in a league where defending is increasingly poor and whose club have finished seventh and eighth in the last two seasons.'
Talk about forcing a point. Not only does Howard cite Falcao's record in Portugal before claiming the Premier League is suffering from a decline in defending standards, he dismisses Suarez's record last season almost as if it holds no significance when it comes to Liverpool demanding a fair price.
And surely scoring so many goals for a club who have 'finished seventh and eighth in the last two seasons' is evidence that Suarez can perform without needing the highest calibre of teammates around him - i.e. It's a good thing.
Mediawatch notes that Arsenal players have been keen to point out that the squad is in a stronger position to last year with no first-team regulars departing the club so far this summer.
Said Olivier Giroud: "The whole team is a lot stronger now than it was a year ago. And we've lost nobody this summer, which is the first time for Arsenal in maybe four years."
Do you ever wonder why that is, Olivier?
Said Jose Mourinho on Fernando Torres' reaction to Chelsea's striker hunt: "I think he'll be pleased because during his time here he was basically the only striker."
Yes, Jose, Mediawatch is sure Torres will be pleased as Punch. Just like he was after Didier Drogba started the Champions League final.
Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino, speaking on Wednesday: "I don't know the details of the situation, (but) I have no doubts that Messi spoke with the club directors. I'm sure that Jorge (Messi's father) and Leo have had some weight in this decision."
Lionel Messi, on Thursday: "I have nothing to do with Martino's signing nor do I have to give any explanations. It was down to president (Sandro) Rosell and the club. I said before that he seemed a good coach, but I don't have to explain anything. I don't know him personally, I've never met him."
Brendan Rodgers on Luis Suarez: "He has been given a team built around him. I made some big calls to make it work to suit his strengths. It is no coincidence he had a great season apart from the end bit and we would love to have him continue the next phase."
'Bit' is probably the right word.
Mediawatch notes that The Daily Mail's Matt Barlow reports on Friday that Jose Mourinho's fixture 'plot' has worked as the Premier League rescheduled Chelsea match against Aston Villa for August 21.
Remember folks, the success of that 'plot' and 'coup' was all down to Mourinho's 'psychological mischief'. If was nothing to do with Chelsea not having a single other midweek free in 2013 because of international fixture dates, Champions League and League Cup commitments.
Phil Neville provides a lovely piece of propaganda in The Sun on Friday, in which he claims David Moyes' Glasgowness will help him achieve at Manchester United.
"He is from that part of Glasgow where they tell the truth and say it how it is," said Neville.
(Mediawatch assumes there must be another part of Glasgow where they love to...erm, be a little creative with public statements.)
"So if you are doing well he will tell you, if you are doing bad he will tell you - he won't sugar-coat anything.
"But he has a humble, human side as well which most Glaswegians have."
What is it about Glasgow that stirs the loins of football folk? Is it really a mysterious land of humble truth-tellers?
Mediawatch implores a member of Norwich's squad to step forward and tell us all how Chris Hughton epitomises the gritty qualities of Forest Gate.
Worst Headline Of The Day
'We Won't Give Up On Roo' - The Sun. We'll beg if that's what you want.
'Chelsea 8 Indonesia All-Stars 1: Or should that be NO-Stars?' - The Daily Mail. Yes, very clever. Well done you.
Non-Football Story Of The Day
'Swedish politician Lars Ohly hastily deleted an Instagram picture on Wednesday when he shared not just his new Liverpool tattoo, but his manhood.
'Inexplicably, Ohly decided to take a picture of his new Liver bird ink on his leg without wearing any underwear, and showed off his penis as well. The 56-year-old former party chairman of the Swedish Left Party tried to see the funny side, though.
'"Ha, ha, I accidentally posted a picture on Instagram that showed more than intended. Now corrected," Ohly said.
'"Summer's wonderful. The willy picture is today's hot topic. Completely by accident, though. The future will see a more thorough uploading review process."
'There were some cross-party jokes at Ohly's expense, as well. Former Social Democrat leader Hakan Juholt tweeted: "I'd planned to grill sausages tonight but now it's going to be chicken."' - huffingtonpost.co.uk
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