Capello’s Carelessness Causes Chaos
Liverpool fans have been left fuming by Fabio Capello’s decision to play Steven Gerrard for almost the entire 90 minutes in last night’s friendly against France – a choice that proved costly for the Liverpool captain.
Gerrard was brought off with six minutes to go after suffering what has turned out to be a grade two tear of the hamstring – Liverpool’s medical team predict that he won’t be back on the Anfield pitch for a minimum of three weeks, a turn of events that fitness coach Darren Burgess branded “disgraceful” on the part of England management.
Burgess claimed on Twitter that the national team had agreed to play Gerrard for a maximum of 60 minutes; a deal that Capello reneged on by leaving the midfielder on the pitch until the 84th minute, though the England boss contends that the team needed “senior players” on the pitch following the withdrawals through injury of Gareth Barry and Rio Ferdinand.
“I’m upset about Gerrard,” said Capello following the game, though clearly not as upset as Burgess. “[Capello was] completely amateurish and now we pay for their incompetence,” he wrote on Twitter as the news sank in that yet another Liverpool player would be unavailable for a packed schedule of important games.
Joe Cole picked up an injury at Bolton and is unlikely to recover for the Reds’ next game against West Ham this Saturday, though good news comes in the form of Fernando Torres as he completed a full half in Spain’s friendly this week.
Liverpool is 3-1 to draw the weekend’s encounter with West Ham according to BetFred. The mounting pressure on manager Roy Hodgson continues too, as he slides to 10/11 not to survive the season.