YET more points dropped at Anfield. Earlier in the season, the problem was the inability to take 3 points from games witnessed by the Kop.
Now even a point seems too much to ask. Such has been the wastefulness of the Liverpool frontline, they’ve had the highest number of efforts come off the post or crossbar, in addition to the innumerable chances squandered by wayward shots and ill timed headers.
West Bromich Albion should’ve been blown away in the first-half itself.
Peter Odemwingie’s 76th minute goal should’ve been a consolation for former Anfield boss Roy Hodgson. Instead, it became a victory for the man sacked from Anfield after just 191 days in to the job. Nothing taken against the man – sacking him was more a culmination of the entire team looking like fools on the pitch, than the manager himself.
He paid the price and went nevertheless. Kenny Dalglish’s side though, somehow look like starry eyed schoolboys themselves when they find themselves with an opportunity to score.
Dirk Kuyt’s first half shot sliding wide off the far post was a complete far cry from the Dutchman’s usual prowess in front of goal. Maxi Rodriguez had numerous chances but hardly hit a single shot on target.
Most telling of his chances came when Luis Suarez’s effort was blocked from the edge of the area and following a scuffle, fell perfectly for the Argentine to try and tap in to the far right corner. Instead, the shot went flying over.
Until West Brom scored, they looked shaky. With this is mind it would’ve made more sense to have a good few shots on goal to test the keeper. The players did that, except for the one crucial element – hitting the target.
Ben Foster must’ve thought Christmas had come early for him, watching the ball whiz several feet wide past his goal every time. Having said all that, it seems like the ridiculous luck is back to play its dirty omens against the Reds.
Henderson and Kuyt’s efforts both looked like going in, only for the crossbar and post to say otherwise. Henderson’s effort could’ve even ricocheted off Ben Foster and gone in, but alas.
Only against Liverpool, miracles seem to come true for the opposition. Just can’t imagine a Sergio Aguero or Wayne Rooney effort doing that in front of the Liverpool goal can you?
All said and done, the season’s over. Whether Liverpool manage to beat Chelsea and win the FA Cup, or not – it seems the more likely outcome anyway. Liverpool have been inspirational on their cup runs, both the Carling and the FA Cup, so may well end up with both trophies in the bag.
Either way though, the year has been a disaster, but for a few mild glimpses of brilliance. Hardly what you expect on the back of £120 million. Andy Carroll’s beginning to spring to life even in the middle of the park, winning formidable headers and fighting hard to win possession.
There were a fair few occasions when he jumped higher than anyone else and set Luis Suarez on his way. Whatever Dalglish does, if he decides to change this format of playing Carroll behind the main striker, expect an even less than favourable outcome.
Playing Henderson in the middle of the park worked well. The youngster looked more confident on the ball and looked at times like he could do something telling. What was the problem on Sunday then? Nothing. Well apart from the usual.
Convert your chances! Simple math tells you, the odd goal conceded wouldn’t make a difference if you’ve netted in 3 or 4 of your own chances.
Liverpool created plenty but carry on with their seasonal trend of blasting them high or wide, then holding their heads to look up at the sky.
Got some news for you chaps. God can’t come down and do it for you!
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