With verbose Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers squaring up to softly-spoken Argentine Mauricio Pochettino in the Reds’ Premier League home clash against Spurs, there’s sure to be plenty of chat flying around Anfield ahead of this top-six tussle.
Of course, they’ll only be adding to the reams of bluster produced by football insiders on a weekly basis. Here’s a selection of our favourites from the past few days.
“West Brom manager Tony Pulis believes new signing Darren Fletcher, 31, can help to monitor the club’s young players.”
The BBC gossip column gets it all wrong when evoking the on-loan Manchester United midfielder pacing around the Hawthorns academy like a drill sergeant. The linked headline in The Times actually reads ‘Darren Fletcher can mentor young stars, says Tony Pulis’
“Alan can definitely be an England manager because he has the temperament…”
When pushed, John Carver insisted ‘he never saw anything like’ Alan Pardew’s headbutt on Hull’s David Meyler last season, nor the expletive-ridden rant at Manchester City’s Manuel Pellegirini, when they worked together. If only there was some way of recording these things…
“It’s not helpful when the three fountains of knowledge on Match of the Day make a mountain out of a molehill.”
One of reprieved Leicester coach Nigel Pearson‘s many oddities following his incident with Crystal Palace’s James McArthur, which was more UFC than EPL.
“If I was I’d tell you that he was sacked by one of the owners’ family and reinstated by another, but then I’m not”
One of the ‘fountains of knowledge, in Leicester-born former Foxes striker Gary Lineker, responds.
“I got a bit scared, to be honest!”
We don’t blame McArthur. Pearson’s built like a tank and clearly off his rocker.
“I have had the desire to throw a punch at Ibrahimovic more than once. We have said things to each other in English that I can’t repeat in public. He is playing a role with his arrogant behaviour and he is doing it very well. They should give him an Oscar for it.”
Rod Fanni joins the Zlatan unappreciation society.
“It’s the same story every time. Umpteen times this season we’ve been our own worst enemy and it’s not good enough. Last year we were better away because we faced teams who didn’t have the quality of the Premier League. You make a mistake at this level and it’s in the back of your net.”
Don’t fret Joey Barton. It will all be over soon.