First off, I have to admit I’m writing from a somewhat biased position as a Leeds United supporter, but the review of last nights game that Tommy Smith (ex-Liverpool defender) did for the Liverpool Echo goes so far beyond biased, I suspect he watched the game through a shiny new pair of rose-tinted spectacles. If he watched it all that is!

He starts with the following;

APART from a couple of minor scares Liverpool were never in any real trouble against Leeds last night.

And the result was never really in doubt.

Did he miss the debatable goal that was ruled offside? Did he miss the final score of 1-0? Because, if he hasn’t then someone needs to send him a calculator. Had the original goal stood (and for the benefit of this rant we’re going to assume the rest of the events played out as they did) then the score would have been 1-1. That’s not a comfortable victory Tommy. Infact, by my reckoning, it’s not a victory!

Whether you only have “a couple of minor scares” or not Tommy, you can still lose a game! More to the point, you only gave us a couple of minor scares too. There was very few clear cut chances either way. On another day, with different officials, last night could well have seen you exiled from the League Cup in your first game.

Tommy then moves on to show us why he isn’t the manager of Liverpool FC, by claiming Beckford was so impressive they should sign him;

I have to admit, though, that Jermaine Beckford was the one player for Leeds who caught my eye. I can’t help but think he is just the type of striker who perhaps could do a job at Anfield.

Torres needs a bit of help up top. He cannot be expected to shoulder the burden on his own this season.

I don’t know how much Beckford would cost but for me he’s an interesting one and I’d happily take a punt on him if I was Rafa – and the deal was right

I’m totally lost now as to which game Tommy was watching. For me, Beckford was missing a little last night. His pace did cause Liverpool’s defence some problems and he did have a goal ruled out, but to suggest he’s Premier League (and Champions League) quality is ludicrous!

Maybe it’s old age that’s catching up with Tommy, or maybe he couldn’t be bothered going to the game so just made up any old nonsense. Either way, I’m pretty sure his opinions don’t match that of any of the 38,500 fans at Elland Road last night, or the millions watching on Sky for that matter.

  • JAG

    As a Liverpool supporter who watched the match on television I agree with the author. The result and the performance was anything but comfortable from a Liverpool view point. Both teams created few chances but Leeds came closer. The Leeds play was very impressive overall and I hope they can make a return to the Premiership over the next few years. I’m happy to progress from a difficult tie.

  • West Stand Rebel

    How right you are TSS. What a great game it reminded of those wonderful European nights of yesteryear with a fabulous atmosphere.
    I hope I live long enough to see them again but that aside well done to Simon Grayson he really has made a silk purse from a sows ear. Just hope we can hold on to him long enough to get us up a least one division.On a different tack it does seem there is some truth behind the rumours regarding KB’s state of health. He was there last night but certainly does not look a well man.
    It would be good to know from any readers of this site if they have any inside information on this matter as it may well explain some of the odd financial decisions being made.

  • G-4-Liverpool

    Another Liverpool supporter here agrees with the author. Having watched the match on TV, I cannot say there was any point where the result was never in doubt. I will be the first to admit that Leeds played the better game and were unlucky (just as much as we were lucky) with the line man’s flag. If we had managed to get that second goal it would have been a comfortable win, but with our shaky defence it was a nervous game till the end.
    I would like to disagree on the Beckford issue though. It was my first time seeing him play, and even without the learning about his goal scoring history, I would still recommend him to any premiership team, even liverpool. As you know, Torres is the main man, so he would not play as much, but he could definitely be an impact player off the bench to trouble tired defences. There are lots of players in lower leagues who have the talent and potential, but never get the opportunity for some reason or the other. Snodgrass was also very impressive as well!

  • Will S

    Firstly, even in defeat congratulations must be extended to Grayson and the Leeds players for how well the team performed against Liverpool last night.

    Secondly, full marks for Grayson and his post match interview when he dealt with the obvious disappointment of being so unlucky to lose after 90 minutes with sincerity and integrity; I would argue in the style of an old fashioned gentleman! If only everyone reacted so well and with such civility then this blighted country of ours might not be so bad a place to live afterall – yes, we can all learn from Grayson’s conduct.

    Finally, as for Tommy Smith’s “comments”, I imagine they were put through the Echo’s journalistic mirror of distortion and should not necessarily be attributed to Smith directly – it could well be a ghost written column, with Smith not even aware of what was written!

    The Echo’s article is indeed laughable, and Smith himself should be embarrassed to be assoicated with it.

    Such journalistic cheerleading blindness is not limited to the Echo nor to football – you only have to watch the BBC talk positively about Grodon Brown/Zanu Labour to realise how pervasive such *crap* is these days!

    I would say Smith is more innocent in this blatant example of nonsense compared to the daily BBC diatribe we suffer.

    Anyway, to end more positively, a great performance from the Whites; we are clearly on the road back to the top under Grayson’s astute leadership, and League One should be a stroll this season based on this performance. The big question is, will Bates financially support Grayson in the seasons to come? That said, this team should do well in the Championship if I am nopt getting ahead of myself.

  • Poolman

    As a Liverpool supporter who was at the game last night, I have to agree with most of your analysis – Liverpool rode their luck at times. Having said that, I thought your keeper made a tremendous stop from Riera, and both sides had one or two other chances which, with better finishing would have produced a few more goals. I thought Becchio looked better than Beckford – and Spearing, on his first start for us, did very well. So, yes, a bit relieved to get through. Great atmosphere too – brought back a few memories of games between the clubs down the years !

  • pato

    Tommy is spot on

  • ste

    I am Liverpol fan and I agree that Leeds should feel slightly aggrieved that their “goal” was disallowed, and they should be really proud of the way they played. The game last night was a great cup tie played by two of England’s greatest clubs, and I really hope Leeds get back to where they and their fans belong, in the Premier League, as soon as possible.
    I wouldn’t worry too much about Tommy Smith though, he’s been spouting shite in the Echo for years.

  • What game was Tommy watching?
    Jeeze! First half we were the better team i’d say, Upto the goal we were the better team, we lost it for a bit after but regained it towards the end.
    To count the teams between ourselves and Liverpool would suprise anyone after the way we played last night

  • glorious

    Benjamin, you should remember we only played our 2nd string! Good luck to you anyway.

  • Mark Warburton

    Doesn’t Tommy Smith have a drink problem and was found down a ditch a few years back?

  • West Stand Rebel

    How right you are TSS. What a great game it reminded of those wonderful European nights of yesteryear with a fabulous atmosphere.
    I hope I live long enough to see them again but that aside well done to Simon Grayson he really has made a silk purse from a sows ear. Just hope we can hold on to him long enough to get us up a least one division.On a different tack it does seem there is some truth behind the rumours regarding KB's state of health. He was there last night but certainly does not look a well man.
    It would be good to know from any readers of this site if they have any inside information on this matter as it may well explain some of the odd financial decisions being made.