Before Gary Neville got fined £5k for his celebration against Liverpool, what irked me the most about Robbie Fowler’s five digit salute a week before was that he had no claim to Liverpool’s European success.
Whilst wearing City’s blue shirt, he had ten years at Liverpool, 330 appearances to his name, and just five trophies… none of them the European Cup he was bragging about.
That was a horrible moment of that season, just as Fernando Torres’ goal against us last season, before the scousers went on to beat us 4-1. Why Nemanja Vidic allowed the ball to bounce with Torres on the prowl I will never know. But it happened. I never watched highlights of that game, understandably, which is probably why it is only now I have seen how Torres celebrated his goal…
95 appearances, no trophies, certainly not any of the five European Cups he was bragging about. He saw his team get dumped out by Chelsea in the quarter-finals last season and by the same club the season before in the semi-finals, before United went on to win in the final. Five trophies? Was he simply reminding the East Stand how many trophies United have won since he joined Liverpool? How kind.
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