I am not too positive today on how well we can do at Liverpool today – but thankfully I’ve been wrong quite a few times before.
It will be terrific if we can take anything from this game this afternoon, but Salomon Rondon seems confident enough when he spoke to the Chronicle about the game.
One of Rafa’s job, when we play a top-six team, is to convince the players we can win the game with the game plan the manager comes up with.
Salomon Rondon – we can win this game
Rafa seems to have managed that with Salomon seeming confident we can even win the game today.
That would be really something!
This is what Rondon has told the Chronicle:
“Salah, Firminio and Mane are great players but every game is difficult.”
“Liverpool are playing really well, Salah and Firminio have a lot of goals, but we must think of our players and what we can do.”
“We will respect our opponents but we know we can get a result.” “The manager has told us if we can’t win, don’t lose.”
“At home it is always difficult. We know we have lost points against Fulham but we have to keep going home and away.”
“We must keep working hard. At the moment we are not bottom of the table or even in the bottom three.”
“We are staying above the drop zone. What matters most is not losing at home and we have to keep going.”
“At home we know have to improve but we can only do that by working.” “We’re looking forward to it because it’s the next game. We have to play it!”
“But it will be difficult but you could say that about a lot of teams.” “We’re going there to get some points.”
“The best example is Crystal Palace beating Man City at home so you never know what can happen. Again, we will go there to win, but if not – don’t lose.”
“Liverpool is a big club. I watched a lot of La Liga, Barcelona and Real Madrid.”
“But Liverpool is a big game and one of the big teams in Europe right now.”
“We play Watford after that so we have a busy time.” “For me, it would not be a surprise result if we won.”
“We work very hard. We are always looking to get points and like I keep saying if we can’t win, don’t lose.”
“The Premier League is difficult and we will try to do our best to stay up.”
Since the last game, Rafa has come out and said it will be a miracle if we can survive in the Premier League this season.
We assume that’s part of his plan to try to get the thrifty Mike Ashley to come up with some money so he can significantly strengthen the team next month.
And there’s now a chance that if Mike Ashley doesn’t sell the club before June, Rafa is unlikely to want to sign another deal with Ashley still the owner.
That’s one reason Mike Ashley should be coming up with the goods for Rafa next month.
But he’s never done it before – that’s the worrying bit.
What do you think?