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A Little Concerned…….

We are now 4 games into the Premier League and already there is a familiar pattern and feel to how we are playing, predictable, slow and lacking of any imagination in the final third. After the first game against Arsenal where the team showed passion and commitment there has been a complete lack of the same since then. In my previous blog ‘Return of the Mojo’ I praised the team and in particular Mascherano so before I go on and following the events of the Argentine midfielder moving to Barcelona I want to make it clear that I want to retract the ‘legend’ status I attributed to him and in my eyes will only be known as a someone who used to play for Liverpool. So since the Arsenal game what has gone wrong? The senior players have come out and said they are enjoying what Roy Hodgson is bringing to the club so is it the players not performing or is it the tactical awareness of our new manager? I have written previously that I had ‘mixed feelings’ about Hodgsons appointment and wasn’t sure if he was the ‘right’ person to manage our club but with some good signings during pre-season and how we played during the Arsenal game he had started to win me round. However since then the signs have been less than encouraging with a heavy defeat to Man City (where no substitutions were made until the last 10 minutes and even though the system clearly wasn’t working the shape was never changed), an unconvincing win in Europe, a very unconvincing win at home  to West Brom and a grateful draw away to Birmingham on Sunday. We have only scored 2 goals in 4 games and have conceded 4 which again is a worrying sign and the way the team played on Sunday we only ever looked liked adding to the conceded column. Is this the fruits of Hodgsons tactics or simply players off form? Well for England Gerrard has been in great form but in a Liverpool shirt he hasn’t been able to recreate that form so far. So therefore is it the tactics? The game against Manchester City concerned me, yes because of the result and poor performance, but more so because even though it was clear to everyone watching that the tactics were not right and City were controlling the midfield the management did not feel (even after 2 nil down) the need to change it or bring on substitutions. It felt to me that after going 2 nil down the management conceded there was no chance in coming back and that a defeat was the only outcome of the game. Something on the same lines that Fulham would accept…. Since that game the team has been set up with 2 holding midfield players who between them seem to struggle to find a forward pass and therefore limit any creativity through the midfield area. Don’t get me wrong I think that Lucas and Poulsen as players do a good job but in my opinion should never play in the same team together. Admittedly Hodgson has been without Joe Cole who if had been available may have meant only one holding midfielder being played. We will find out in the next game at home on Thursday in the Europa League if that theory becomes reality. The lack of goals is also a concern – Torres is becoming increasingly isolated and because there is a lack of urgency and creativity in our play he is also becoming frustrated. If Torres (or Gerrard) isn’t scoring then the team struggles. There is a distinct lack of goals from the rest of the team and I don’t see that changing any day soon. However I was impressed with Miereles when he came on against Birmingham – he maybe the player who will get into the positions to score goals but can only be accommodated if we stop playing with 2 holding players As a passionate Liverpool fan I want Hodgson and more importantly the team to succeed but I am worried that we are becoming a a clone of Fulham and comments such as ‘I am very pleased with a point at Birmingham’ is not what I want to hear or expect from a Liverpool manager. We are Liverpool Football club not Fulham FC. Being realistic I am not expecting us to be challenging for the title come May but I do expect us to be and perfom better than a mid table team so for the moment and even at this early stage of the season I am a little concerned…… YNWA

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Too Blind to See it……

Posted by Spencer | Posted in Liverpool FC | Posted on 18-10-2010


Another game ANOTHER defeat….

It seems after re-reading them, my recent blogs have had a depressive and negative feel to them but in all honesty that is how I have been feeling whilst writing them and yesterdays result did nothing to help this but only contributed in making it worse.

After the euphoria of finally being free of Hicks and Gillette and now in the hands of what we all hope are good stable owners with the best interests of the club at heart, I think we were all hoping that these feelings would transmit towards the players and manager alike ready for the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Unfortunately this did not happen on any front….

Although the sale of the club was as important as anything to happen in its recent history I believe that we have used this as an excuse to take our eyes off the team and its current predicament in the league.  That is in no way wanting to patronize fellow reds because the events of last week did require our attention but in the same time the events of last week would never have, in my opinion, made any difference to the problems that are currently being faced on the pitch. When I tweeted these concerns last week I received a lot of comments saying that players and the manager alike will now be able to play with confidence and free of worry and this would be shown against Everton. I was never going to be convinced by this argument. My previous blog ‘Results not Excuses’ was based on the theory that the problems upstairs were not the fundamental reason for the problems on the pitch and I still stand by this view.

The performance on Sunday was as predictable as the Liberal Democrats selling out their principles for a taste of power. No passion, no imagination, no commitment, no flare and no idea. Sadly this isn’t new and has been the standard all season (Arsenal apart) and it was never going to be any different. We have finally had a change of ownership and it is now in my opinion time to change our manager. I never like talking and now in this modern age, writing such views about any Liverpool manager as this is not our way but we are in serious danger of being cut adrift at the wrong end of the table if things don’t change sooner rather than later.

Robbie Fowler stated yesterday on Sky that Leeds were a much better team than the current Liverpool side and they still went down so lets not kid ourselves about the situation we are currently in.

Unfortunately our current manager continues to see things differently. His post match comments after the game on Sunday were quite staggering. ‘This was the best we played all season and we were unlucky to lose” “I was pleased with the 2nd half performance and thought we totally dominated them”. Now if he had quite simply said that the performance was not good enough or expected from any Liverpool team then I would have had some respect for him but to come out with what he did just confirmed what I had already thought – Roy Hodgson is simply not good enough for our club.

Any non-English manager would have now been sacked on the back of the worse Liverpool start to the season for 57 years but we are faced with a situation where we have a manager who is loved by the media managing a team that is not and they (media) are finding it very difficult to balance their views and reporting as a result. Most sections of the media (Sky mainly) continue to blame Rafa Benitez for the current performances and it is quite staggering the ‘facts’ they reel out. He has left a squad that is the poorest ever at Liverpool (whilst forgetting the Souness era and the end of Houllier’s run), he is responsible for the debt the club had, he spent millions of pounds (whilst forgetting he recouped est 80% in sales) etc etc. What they don’t comment on is that he also won the Champions League, FA Cup, Super Cup, reached another Champions League final, 3 CL semi finals in total, Carling Cup final and a record points tally of any post league winning Liverpool manager. Not bad really…

However whilst the media continue to blame Rafa for the current performances and ignore the facts, they need to understand it is Roy that picks the team and sends them out to play the way HE wants them too.

As a passionate fan I do not want to see any Liverpool manager sacked but at this time of new ownership that gives us glimmers of hope, the Liverpool board need to be strong and make the right decision because I want to see my Liverpool team play with passion and commitment and also start to play football again. I want to start writing and talking again about the positives of our great club as that is far more enjoyable but until the required changes are made then my blogs will continue in this fashion. The players are quite clear in their views of the manager by the way they are going about their jobs on the pitch and in particular the body language so Mr Henry please do that right thing and change the manager before its too late.

Unlike the media we as Liverpool fans are not too blind to see it……….

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