The imminent arrival of out-going European champions Liverpool will be greeted somewhat differently to any other team to visit Fratton this season, we can relax! Safety being assured at Wigan means fans can sit and watch the football with heart-rates somewhere near normal, and St. Johns can keep the oxygen in the tank this week.
Liverpool are eyeing second place in the league, but also have one eye on the F.A cup next week, Pompey are looking at Villa and a possible cash injection of £500,000 for a higher finish, but also have an eye on the beach, the football should flow but I don’t envisage any crunching tackles or too many yellow cards.
One aspect of the game fans will look at, is whether it will be the last chance to see some players in the blue, white and red of Pompey colours, D’Allessandro’s loan is up and O’neil and Taylor have caught the eye of more glamorous clubs, it’s up to Pompey now to show the ambition in keeping both Englishman and signing the little Argentinian from Wolfsburg.
Harry Redknapp has stated this week that all three are in his plans for next year, as is Brian Priske who has really turned Redknapp around with some storming right-sided performances.
Azar Karadas may say goodbye from the bench after a disappointing loan spell from Benfica, although he did grab a great equaliser against Bolton, which earned another vital point.
Lua Lua may yet also make the bench, farewell? Who knows, he says one minute his heart is at the club and the next that his options are open, if a more glamorous were to step in, I think he would depart and go on to delight and frustrate in equal measures in pastures new.
There will be a few world cup stars in the Liverpool side, and maybe one on Pompey’s (D’Allesandro) so beside these players it will be the last action we get outside of the cup itself we get until the end of August, our nerves have been frayed, tempers tested, hearts strained and fingernails chewed away. Now is the time show our appreciation for a job well done, the players have performed nothing short of spectacularly in the last ten games, and even the most ardent anti-Harry fans must give credit to the man, he may not coach, but he can certainly motivate!
Let’s raise the roof Sunday and roar on the team to one more effort, next season could just be different!
Play up Pompey
P.S. Congratulations Gary O’Neil in being voted Vital player of the year, I’m sure it won’t be your only accolade this season!