The days of player power are getting absolutely ridiculous. The headline on this article is:
Rafa clears air with Gerrard.
Can someone enlighten me as to why a manager would ever feel the need to ‘clear the air’ and ‘hold talks’ with a player, after substituting him?
It’s not like Gerrard was axed from the squad for a few weeks, or dragged off embarrassingly after a quarter of an hour. He wasn’t even in that humiliating position where he was subbed off after being subbed on. He was taken off with twenty minutes to play, not an unusual time for a change, because Benitez wanted to alter the way his team were playing.
It was an entirely ordinary substitution, except of course for the fact that Gerrard seems to be bigger than Liverpool these days. So, when he talks in an interview about being hurt by the change, it actually gets newspaper columns as if it was a story.
The only story is the notion that Benitez should have to explain himself to Gerrard, the media, or anyone else.
And it is frankly ludicrous.