There’s no ‘i’ in team – but there certainly is in Balotelli!
JOHN ALDRIDGE has slammed Liverpool’s underperforming stars – and says he’s EMBARRASSED to be a fan.
Kenny Dalglish’s Premier League flops have lost six of the last seven games to slump to eighth in the table.
And angry Kop idol Aldridge has slammed that form as “shambolic”.
Aldo, who won the title at Anfield in 1987-88, said the club had become a LAUGHING STOCK.
He insists the players are to blame – not Dalglish – for the five-times European champions being closer to the drop zone than a Champions League spot.
“I want to see some pride,” said Aldridge.
“That’s all we’re playing for in the league now, but there doesn’t seem to be much pride around.
“There’s no getting away from the fact that Liverpool are now in a crisis.
“To have picked up just eight points out of 36 since the turn of the year is shambolic. That’s relegation form.
“The fact that this is the worst run in the league since 1954 speaks volumes.
“Questions are being asked and they need to be answered.
“The eyes of the world are on Liverpool and the critics are having a field day.
“We’ve become a laughing stock. We’re all proud to be associated with the club and everything it has achieved over the years, but at the moment being a Liverpool fan is just embarrassing.”
And Aldridge is in no doubt who is to blame for the club’s current plight.
“You can blame the manager and the coaching staff, but at the end of the day it’s down to the players,” he added.
“They are the ones who are getting paid unbelievable amounts of money and they aren’t producing the goods.
“Some of them should take a long, hard look in the mirror.
“They are playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“They need to start doing it – or their Anfield careers won’t last much longer.”
AGENERATION of football fans seem to believe there’s only one answer to cure club football’s ills – spending money. Yet there’s evidence all around that there’s much more to it than just splashing the cash like some real-life game of Fantasy Football.
Roberto Mancini has blown bucket-loads of dosh at Man City – but he’s going greyer than Gandalf as he watches what looked like nailed-on title glory slowly slip through his fingers.
And why? Because he’s got a bunch of talented footballers, but he hasn’t got a team.
The sum of the parts is greater than the collective at the Etihad.
Everyone can see the pressure is getting to City – and Mancini’s indulgence of Mario Balotelli clearly hasn’t helped matters.
The fella can play a bit. It’s a shame he’s a complete clown.
And the rest of the squad don’t look like they’re laughing.
Team spirit is vital when it comes to the crunch. As is all that boring stuff like organisation, planning, belief and confidence.
Time and again, footie fans say the current Manchester United side is crap. The league table says otherwise. atch United and it’s clear they believe. They flood forward, turn the screw and get results.
They are one, despite some iffy components within their usually well-oiled machine.
The only “one” at City is Billy Big Balls Balotelli.
And while he’s good, he’s not that good. He’s certainly not worth upsetting a whole squad for.
After the 3-3 draw with Sunderland, Mancini said: “Mario has everything to do his job well, but he doesn’t understand very well his situation.”
None of this should come as a surprise. Mancini was warned by none other than Jose Mourinho – the man who could succeed him at City if (when) he fails to deliver the title – that Balotelli was a bad apple. What City need right now is every member of their squad to