Liverpool fans are a patient bunch. Patient in that any new player who wears the Liverbird on his chest will be given a chance to prove himself until a verdict is reached. Even the likes of Nicky Tanner, Paul Stewart and Istvan Kozma were offered a period of grace until they turned out to be quite below the standard required. Players who never really distinguished themselves at Anfield, still receive a warm reception when they return to the hallowed turf. Unless your name happens to be Michael Owen. One player who is still benefiting from the patience of the Kop is Alberto Aquilani. Another insipid display was ended in substitution against Fulham, but Anfield rose to their feet in acclaim. To say that things have not gone to plan for the former Roma star in England would surely be a candidate for understatement of the season.
It was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Any sort of reverse at the hands of St. Mirren would have put Tony Mowbray under even more pressure to hold on to his job. The manner of Celtic’s 4-0 hammering at St. Mirren Park made Mowbray’s position untenable. Sky Sports News’ Ed Chamberlain was seen scrambling around his desk to find a statistic that further emphasised the humiliation suffered. This was Celtic’s heaviest defeat to a Scottish side not called Rangers since 1980. No one wants to see a manager sacked (apart from perhaps Sam Allardyce), but even the most fervent Mowbray supporter could have defended him after what turned to be his final game as Glasgow Celtic manager.