No one could doubt what Liverpool manager Brendon Rodgers would have done if Morpheus offered him the blue or red pill in the “Matrix.”
Liverpool is about to go back down the rabbit hole after England’s sleeping giant agreed a 16 million fee for Italian maverick Mario Balotelli. Well, it was either that or take the blue pill, Ricky Lambert, and spend the season trying to stave off Tottenham and Manchester United for fourth place rather than challenging for trophies.
Three years ago, Liverpool spent 22.8 million another mad genius, Luis Suarez, who was serving a ban for nibbling on a Dutch league player at the time.
Suarez never lost his taste for defenders. But he scored 69 goals in 110 appearances, led Liverpool back into the Champions League, was the joint top scorer in Europe and got his club a whopping 52.2 million profit when the “Reds” sold the Uruguayan striker on to Barcelona.
If that is madness, then can Mr Live Wire have some?
There was nothing clever about text messages exchanged between former Cardiff City director of football, Iain Moody, and manager Malky Mackay.
One club official was called: “a snake, a gay snake. Not to be trusted.”
Presumably, the gay snakes are damaging the hard-earned reputation of everyone’s lovable reptile.
Moody and Mackay growled at the impending signing of South Korea international midfielder Kim Bo-kyung.
“Fkn chinkys,” stated one message.
“Fk it,” came the reply. “There’s enough dogs in Cardiff for us all to go around.”
Safe to say that this pair do not deserve man’s best friend.
A potential list of transfer targets, which might have included Trinidad and Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones, brought some colour commentary: “Not many white faces amongst that lot but worth considering.”
Moody and Mackay claimed their texts were “friendly banter.” Which, as a euphemism, might be like policemen offering civil rights protesters the chance to pet their oddly ill-tempered dogs during the 1960s.
Of course, as in most things football, England plays second fiddle to Italy.
And so, while Moody and Mackay traded racist quips in supposed privacy, Carlo Tavecchio vowed to crack down on banana eaters in a campaign speech as he bid to beat ex-Italy World Cup player and AC Milan star Demetrio Albertini to the post of Italy FA president.
“In England, they identify the players coming in and if they are professional, they are allowed to play,” Tavecchio said at the summer assembly of Italy’s amateur leagues. “Here instead we get Opti Pobà (not real name), who previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first-team player with Lazio. That’s how it is here.”
The end result? Italian clubs decided 71-year-old Tavecchio was the man for them as he won with 63.63 percent of the vote, despite the fact that UEFA is investigating his racist comments.
Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Joevin Jones probably should not pin his hopes on another Serie A trial anytime soon.
Closer to home, United States’ German-based star midfielder Jermaine Jones has agreed personal terms with Chicago Fire in what might be another coup for the MLS. Only MLS rules state that Jones must enter a draft and there is no guarantee he will not be snapped up by a club other than Chicago.
Oddly, Jones does not like the fact that he cannot pick where his next office is. Picture yourself acing an interview at KFC in Arima but getting stationed in Charlotteville. Only, in this scenario, you’re tied to a five-year contract that does not allow you to work anywhere else.
Forget Jermaine Jones; what the MLS needs is former WIPA boss Dinanath Ramnarine and some player-power!
Editor’s Note: Mr Live Wire has a transfer offer for Moody and Mackay. My Adidas; your back pockets. Worth considering?