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Success is a Relative Concept


As I mentioned yesterday, let's reign it in.

Fernando Torres' surgery was a success, meaning that the Spanish striker should be available in the previously reported six weeks. Apparently his surgeon nurtured Cesc Fabregas back to pre-pubescent health, so there's reason to believe that Torres could be back sooner than expected. The article also mentions that Liverpool are in pursuit of Kenwyne Jones, the Sunderland striker who has emerged as one of the finer front men in the league. Relatedly...

There's no chance of that happening. Steve Bruce is not feeling the swap deal that was proposed--Ryan Babel for Jones--or a loan. Bruce would sell the striker for £12 million, not exactly a price that Liverpool could cough up at this time. Of course, something that could get them headed in that direction would be...

The sale of Ryan Babel to Birmingham, which Alex McLeish is chasing for the third time. Certainly the fallout from Babel's Twitter comments the other day (which have since been deleted, along with his account) has not been positive, and if Liverpool can make in the neighborhood of £8 million for the Dutchman it has to be seen as a good move for the club. If this "new Liverpool" is going to be one that grinds out results, I don't see Babel as a part of that plan...

But Rafa seems to be content with the squad he's got, but also wants more. Speaking of tempering expectations, Rafa asserts that,

"If we cannot (add talent) we will stick together for the next challenge. We have a good team, a good squad and not as bad as people think."

Once again proving that if you can't be with the one you love, love the one you're with.

Enough with the cutesy elipses shit, we've got LFCCTV taking a look at the Herculean (special double meaning because Hercules was Greek too!) performance of Sotirios Kyrgiakos. I'm pretty sure that he was everybody's man of the match the other day, dominating in defense and scoring Liverpool's only goal. The match ended horribly, but Kyrgiakos came away with his stock soaring. With Carra as a reluctant but capable right back replacement, I see no reason to displace the Greek as long as he keeps his form up.

Preview up tomorrow for a match that, for the time being, could see Liverpool drag themselves within a point of fourth place. No pressure.

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