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Letter: Moyes is right to bring back Yakubu; Blues need striker firing in Euro clash.

DAVID Moyes has made the right decision by drawing a line under the Yakubu affair because we desperately need him back scoring goals.

We had just enough to beat Reading, but against SK Brann we're going into the unknown and need our strongest possible side out tonight.

What Yak did was out of order but he has been punished and keeping it going wouldn't help the morale of the players, the management or the fans.

It's going to be tough without Arteta and we've got other injury problems as well but hopefully Yak can make amends for going AWOL.

Steve Davies, Liverpool

WHAT Yakubu did showed a complete lack of respect but you don't cut your nose off to spite your face! The fact that we have only scored once in the last four games proves that we need him back in the side. Plus the striker has a lot of European experience which could be crucial to our hopes of progressing.

Helen Jones, Wirral

ALL the talk about doubts over Yak-ubu's Everton future was ridiculous.

He was a bit daft and offended a lot of people but I can't really blame the guy for what he did.

How often does he get home? It was a chance for him to catch up with friends and family.

If he had phoned Moyes to ask, Yak knows he would have been on the next plane back.

As it is, he took a cheeky couple of days off. He has faced the music and now it's all done and dusted.

A couple of goals tonight and everything will be forgotten!

Andy Bell, Merseyside

I TOTALLY agree with the way Moyes has dealt with the Yak.

It was shocking behaviour to treat the club, manager and team with such little respect.

Much as we needed his firepower against Reading, the individual cannot be given special treatment to the rest of the team.

If any of us turned up for our jobs after two days AWOL there would be absolute hell to pay.

The striker has paid the price for what he did and I think it's the right decision to put him back in against SK Brann.

Dan Phillips, Liverpool

YAKUBU has the chance tonight to prove his commitment to all the Blues fans.

He has had his card marked and we'll see how he goes for the rest of the season. He needs to shape up and show some character. He owes us all a big performance.

Jamie Evans, Merseyside

IT'S a massive blow that Mikel Arteta is out with a groin problem but it probably explains why he has not been on top of his game recently. I hope Moyes is positive with his team selection and plays two up front - Yakubu alongside Vaughan.

Then we can bring on AJ in the second half to give them something different to think about.

It's vital we get an away goal to set us up nicely for the second leg.

Jim Jones, Merseyside

I DON'T think we will miss Arteta as much as we think tonight because his distribution hasn't been the best over the last month or so. Hopefully the break will do him good and there's no point bringing him back until the problem is totally sorted.

The good thing is that we are not a one man team and with Yakubu back we should be fine.

Injuries have left us short in mid-field but the fact that Brann's domestic season doesn't start until next month should work in our favour.

We have to keep it tight and hopefully sneak a goal or two on the counter attack.

Martin Harqreaves, Liverpool


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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 13, 2008
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