Editorials, News — September 19, 2011 00:34

A Bad Day At The Office For Liverpool

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With plenty to dissect, one place to begin is to name the Man of the Match for Liverpool…and it quite simply had to be ‘The Travelling Kop!’

Singing throughout the game and remaining behind the Redmen, The Travelling Kop unreservedly won our vote.

A Bad Day At The Office

Watching the game unfold from kick off, in the early exchanges Tottenham had the better of the Reds. If, I am honest, and as much as it pains me to say this, Tottenham were a stronger team and deserved the victory on the day. We were at sixes and seven trying to keep up with the Spurs pressure and Luka Modric’s goal was just a question of time. Our response to opening goal was not positive and the game was seemingly heading to an inevitable outcome. Tottenham were on the front foot very early on and chances for The Reds were few and far between. It was a disappointing showing from The Reds with yellow and red cards being picked up.

So what went wrong today? Was it the two red cards? Were we on the receiving end of poor decisions? Should Kuyt have started? Did we ever get going?

Whatever the questions, it certainly was a bad day at the office. The players and the manager will be hurting but this game will be one to forget and to quickly move on. Every team will have a game, that just doesn’t have their name on all 3 points, and 3 points is what it was. We are not at the business end of the season but if a League title or a Champions League position hinged on this game then it certainly would be something to be disappointed with. Thankfully the season is still young and there is plenty to play for and room for improvement and progression.

A Team In Transition

New look Liverpool have been bolstered by the signings of Adam, Henderson, Downing, Coates and Bellamy who will need time to gel and there is no question about that. Allowing time for these new players remains key in Liverpool’s progression over the season. Liverpool are building for the future and no matter how dire things may look on the back of today performance, things still remain positive.

Liverpool’s opening fixtures have seen them only play twice at home with three difficult away fixtures. Apart from today’s result, Liverpool displayed determination and grit against Arsenal that eventually saw The Reds pick up their first away victory Arsenal for 11years. This was followed up by a five star ‘pass and move’ exhibition at Anfield against Bolton that was reminiscent of Liverpool’s great past. The Stoke result last weekend was contentious but Liverpool looked strong and were very unlucky. Liverpool will need to go back to the drawing board but the direction we are heading is brighter than the one a year ago.

Steven Gerrard

Our captain has not featured since the 3-1 victory over Man Utd in March this year. The revolution under King Kenny has been gaining momentum without our inspirational captain. To have Stevie G back could be the final piece in the jigsaw. Everyone Red knows what Captain Fantastic brings to the team and to be playing for so long without our talisman, just has not been right. The timing of our captain’s return could not be better and having Stevie G would be like having a new signing. Teaming up with Suarez and Carroll could be a mouth watering prospect. It is just a matter of time before the gloom of Tottenham’s result will be in the past.

We did lose today and it probably did look like a horror show. The last time I remember Liverpool having two players being sent off in a game was against Fulham in a 3-1 defeat 2009. Jamie Carragher and Phillip Degen were sent off in that game. I remember how the game just slipped away from us and the two red cards were the final nail in the coffin. I also remember how I felt travelling back from that game, very very low. But those memories were washed away when I returned to Craven Cottage the following season to witness Liverpool in buoyant mood and were shredding their opponents from the first whistle. The Putney End was hosting a carnival and the terrible memories of the previous game at Craven Cottage were forgotten for me.

Regardless of the disappointing result against Tottenham, we must remember the season is a long one with games beginning to come thick and fast, points will be won and dropped. Every team will experience a set back or a bad day at the office. Last year I remember Chelsea starting off like the way Man Utd have started but then Chelsea came to Anfield one mild November and a Torres double turned their season on its head. They did not seem to recover from that game. No matter what is happening in and around the top of the Premier League, certain moments will shape a team’s progress and with no guaranteed wins in the Premier League there are many twists and turns to come.

In Kenny we trust.


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