Just Another Day

"Any idiot can handle a crisis, it's day to day living that wears you out." - Chekhov

Thursday, July 07, 2005

My Thoughts on Stevie G

His agent was leading him around, no matter Stevie's protests. We've long known that he is an emotional person and that he loves the club in which he has played since the age of 8 years. I think his agent was whispering into his ears that there were bigger and better fortunes to be found elsewhere and that he wasn't wanted at LFC. Gerrard is simply too trusting a/o too naive, he's a professional footballer so may not be the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, and listened. Of course, his new deal is not going to mean he is a poor man but he certainly could have done better contractually elsewhere. However, in the end, this may be more financially rewarding for him since he will be able to claim a large increase from LFC, probably increase his sponsorship deals now that his name is even bigger, and ensure that LFC are not going to turn their back on him in the future (he seems to need that, you know). On that last point, there are good and bad sides to it. The good side, as I see it, is that he will become closer with Benitez, i.e., distancing himself from the agent, and Benitez undoubtedly knows the game and can teach Stevie much about tactics, leadership, study, etc. Benitez will become a father figure to him which will help him with his emotional maturity helping work on that temper of his, for starters. The bad side is that we are now stuck with him even should his form dip dramatically for whatever reason. I don't think there is too much worry on this, though, since he is dedicated to LFC and has always tried to give his best, when emotions allowed...furthering the point on Benitez' stewardship of bringing Stevie further into manhood.