I don’t usually do this. Comment on articles penned by sports journalists. Maybe, it’s because I understand where they’re coming from. They need to be awfully skewed in their assessments (I’m generalizing of course) to sell their papers. Rile up emotions amongst sports fans and wham! — they’ve swirled a whirlpool of controversies to start tongues wagging.
However, when a football journalist gets it so wrong about a club (Liverpool) I’ve supported as a child, I feel obliged to respond. The journalist in question is Kenneth Goh, a football correspondent whose column appears in a local newspaper aptly called — Today.
The title of his piece — Robbie Keane’s No Torres. Brilliant. At this point, he needn’t have continued, because every Liverpool fan knows that.
Fernando Torres is currently the most fearsome striker in the game. His goal, which won Spain the Euro 2008 confirmed that. So, why did Kenneth even attempt to juxtapose Keane’s calibre against Torres’? To discredit himself as a genuine football correspondent? At least that was the impression I got from the headline.
No matter, I figured the headline was probably a tongue-in-cheek attention-grabber for what would actually be a magnanimous evaluation of Liverpool’s acquisition of Keane. I couldn’t have been more wrong.