Liverpool 2 Birmingham 2: Fall guy Ngog cheats to get Rafa off the hook

10 November 2009 09:49
Blame Benitez. Even the Liverpool manager's closest allies were able to, given the identity of the striker who landed the first blow for Birmingham before Cameron Jerome delivered the second in truly spectacular fashion.

But how long before even the Kop start to turn against their beloved Rafa? How long before they start to wonder if a manager who brought them such joy in Istanbul four years ago has started to run out of ideas?

After they meet Manchester City here in their next game?

Red relief: Captain Steven Gerrard spares Rafa Benitez from yet another costly mauling after converting a dubious spot kick

Benitez is a fine manager, as he has proved in Spain and here in England. But a draw that came only after David Ngog had secured a penalty with a quite disgraceful dive amounted to a result every bit as crushing as the six defeats they had suffered in the eight games prior to this contest.

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Source: Daily_Mail