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MIKE DRUMMOND, Speke SO after beating Chelsea and Manchester United in consecutive matches, we crash out of Europe and get beat by Spurs, just to give us Evertonians a little dose of reality. Don't get me wrong, we fully deserved the wins against the top two but all good runs come to an end at some point I suppose.

There is no point in commenting on the Spurs match. For anyone who managed to see the Landon Donavon miss, it basically summed up the game! However, seeing Jags come on and get some minutes under his belt was reassuring.

Looking forward to the Hull match, it is a great game to pick ourselves up from and I don't see any reason why we cannot comfortably win. The internationals should not affect our squad too much and hopefully Tim Cahill will be back to give us some aerial threat which we have lacked during his absence.

COLE FRASER, Litherland THE past week has been a tough one to handle, following the previous couple of weeks.

The exit from Europe was particularly disappointing.We showed at Goodison that we were more than a match for Sporting, but we didn''t turn up in Lisbon. It was a shabby performance that deserved little more than it got.

The return of Phil Jagielka was the obvious highlight. Upon his introduction he immediately tightened up the defence and begun barking out his orders, something we have missed.

At Spurs, on Sunday, we showed a slightly improved account of ourselves. When Tottenham went 2-0 up, it looked as though we might have keeled over and taken a real hammering. Credit to the players, though, for fighting back and we were unlucky not to grab the equaliser.

DEBBIE SMAJE, Up Holland YET again, after all the excitement and brilliant performances in the wins over United and Chelsea, Everton let themselves down away from home. With all the Cups now gone, the aim has to be getting back into Europe. But just like at Spurs on Sunday, we have left ourselves with far too much to do. If we can go away to an in form Arsenal team and play like that, only two deflections stopping us from picking up a win, why do we approach games away to everyone else like we're already beaten? We have had a decent away record over the last few years, but only three wins this season, all with a degree of luck against strugglers isn't good enough. The home form seems sorted, the Birmingham Cup game the only time we haven't won at home since Christmas, and with that in mind, we should beat Hull on Sunday. But what is the point in beating them at home, if you're not going to start playing against them away until we're two or 3-0 down? TONY SCOTT, Walton ONLY two sides have beaten Everton in the league since November so let's not be too negative on them.

That said, it does hurt when it looks as though any slim chances of qualifying for European football next season are now over but nothing would surprise me with Everton.

One option I would like to see from now on is Seamus Coleman having more starting roles in the side.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet Fred Armstrong on Monday night and watch him pick up his Everton Fan of the Year award at the Echo Sports Awards.

The man is a true gentleman, who has attended more Everton matches than any other fan that will sit in the ground this Sunday.

If fans could transfer from club to club, money just couldn't buy true supporters like Fred!

IAN RICHARDSON, Rock Ferry NOT welcome here. That's the message from The Spirit of Shankly Liverpool Supporters Union to the club's owners. This week it was announced that Liverpool Football Club is the seventh richest in the world, with annual revenue near pounds 200million, so where is all this money going? It is paying for Gillett and Hicks to own our club and they are bleeding us dry in doing so. We should be competing for the best players in Europe, instead we find ourselves being outbid by the likes of Sunderland and Stoke City, scrambling around for players on loans and frees.

To compete at the top level we need top players, the noose of debt is tightening, Rafael Benitez continues to work wonders balancing the books and keeping our heads above water, just. But for how long? Failure to finish in the top four is a real possibility and unless the situation at the club changes we are going to fall further and further behind.

ANDY COLLINSON, Aigburth AFTER witnessing the drab, lifeless games of recent weeks, most notably Man City, it was quite refreshing last Sunday to see Torres back, running around frantically like you''d expect a professional footballer to do, embarrassing most of his team-mates into copying him! Gerrard began running again, as did Masherano and even Lucas. In fact, the first half of the Blackburn game saw more running than a Rocky Balboa training sequence.

If some of the other players like Rodriguez and Insua can now remember to run into space, rather than the opposition and, the Reds can learn how to pass the ball using six touches or less, then the bookies will soon be cowering in fear of our charge for fourth place.

With more meaningless internationals this week, everyone''s hoping that Torres and Gerrard remain injury free.

ROBERT GILLIES, Aigburth THE significant problem for Liverpool this season has been a goal scoring alternative to Torres who scored a remarkable 13th goal in 17 league starts at the weekend. Imagining what he would do in a season is fanciful as his injury record at the age of 25 suggests he will have to be nursed through his career.

Class alternatives will cost and there is an ominous silence about investment.The Echo articles this week have clearly laid out the difficulties and how far we are behind rivals as we enter a recession. Realistically we need a cash rich billionaire not looking for a quick financial return.

If the Americans hang on and remember they are now 'cash rich' following the sale of their other franchises, will Liverpool fans be patient yet again or will they consider more radical action? The only language the owners understand will be a reduction in the revenue stream from boycotts. Every Red is behind you, Mr Purslow.

PAUL ANDERSON, Orrell Park FIRSTLY , I'd like to congratulate Sam Allardyce on his ninth league visit to Anfield without victory. Perhaps his 'grinding out' of results explains the sparse away end at Anfield on Sunday.

At last it looks as though Liverpool have found some consistency and I'm confident we can clinch fourth place as well as progress in the Europa League.

Against Blackburn Javier Mashcherano was outstanding at right-back and Pepe Reina once again proved that we have the best goalkeeper in the world with a vital save in stoppage time.

Manchester City are adding pressure each week and we must take the confidence from previous games.

El Hadji Diouf came to my attention at the weekend, a player who typified the downfall of the previous regime. He was an embarrassment to the number nine jersey, and brought shame to the club.
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