If you want to have a chuckle this afternoon, read Dominic King’s report on Saturday’s game in the Liverpool Echo. There are some genuinely funny moments, like:
Four times in the first half he was the victim of crude challenges, each one leaving onlookers wincing, four times referee Lee Mason did nothing; if anything, it was a surprise Benitez actually allowed Torres to get as far as the hour mark.
Who could he be referring to? Fernandes Torres. Surely not? Perhaps we could have some examples because I remember Torres falling over and clutching his knee when Mark Schwarzer came out for a routine catch and Andriy Voronin displaying that he’s a lot better at losing his footing than scoring on a couple of ocassions but I genuinely can’t recall a crude challenge.
And is failing to protect Torres really what you want to pick out from Lee Mason’s poor performance? There’s no mention of Jamie Carragher’s two attempts to haul down Bobby Zamora. Both were successful and only one was punished. Of course, both red cards were ‘harsh’. No credit for Fulham’s football either – just the bitter assertion that they ‘pilfered two breakaway goals’.
Little old Fulham could have had a hatful in the second half. Benitez gave us some assistance but reporting like that isn’t what the Echo – one of the country’s top regional papers by the way – became famous for.