The blinkered fans of Liverpool FC won't see it like that of course. They have bragging rights this morning and that's all that matters. After winning the League Cup and thumping their Stanley Park neighbours, some will now be regarding this as a great season. Beat Stoke next game up to qualify for the semifinal of the FA Cup and everything in the garden will be smelling of Red's roses. What fools!
Two big questions arise from yesterday's game:
1) Why can Liverpool hammer Everton 3-0 but struggle against lesser teams - what is wrong with the attitude of the players?
2) What happens when Gerrard retires or slows down significantly? He's been a truly great player for the club but his body has always been fragile and his all action style is not suited to playing into the mid and late thirties.
Yesterday's victory was meaningless, aside from the local territory dispute. Dalglish belongs in the past and Gerrard is heading for the past. Aside from Captain Fantastic, what do Liverpool have to offer? Suarez wants away, despite Dalglish's ill advised support; Carragher has one foot in the footballing grave; and Gerrard will miss as many games as he plays for the remainder of his season. £100 million has been spent, and the absence of two ageing local boys will cripple the team ludicrously.
To become a force again, Liverpool FC need a new manager; but the chances of that happening were set back yesterday. Now Dalglish will groom Carragher and Gerrard to replace him in a new boot room dynasty. But the boot room is an echo of an era long gone. Liverpool need Jose. And unless they go out and get him, they will continue to feed their fans the scraps of domestic cups and victories in the Merseyside derby.
One man has an even broader smile than Kenny Dalglish this morning; Sir Alex Ferguson is chuckling over his porridge!