|Preparing for another incisive encounter|
A Uruguayan Assassin
There can be no doubting the bite that the Uruguayan hitman brings to the Liverpool attack and his absence will not be lamented by the Hammers. Undoubtedly ‘Killer’ Cole is a more desirable replacement than Jim Bob Shelver who is filling the role from his usual midfield berth. Moreover, magnificent Mark Noble will be relishing the opportunity to demonstrate to Roy ‘Blind boy’ Hodgson that he is a vastly superior option to the inexperienced and unpredictable Shelvey as well as the curmudgeonly half-pensioner that is Stevie G.
Although King Kevin Nolan was a Pool fan as a boy, Newcastle fans can attest to his ruthlessness when dealing with old friends. It seems likely that he too will want to emphasise the injustice in Stevie G’s 100 caps versus his being ignored at International level. Either way, the midfield battle will be intense. Let’s hope Momo Diame has another man-mountainous performance and that Yossi Benayoun reminds the Pool of their remarkable capacity to let the good uns go…