Not only was this a lesson in football from the current manager’s former side, it was also a reminder of how urgently Liverpool need to master the art of passing and retaining the lion’s share of possession, along with quick and free flowing movement to stretch defences to their limits.
That’s more or less what Swansea did on Wednesday night. They were fearless and almost made it look like they were the home team at Anfield – that’s something they managed last year as well during the 0-0 draw in front of the Kopites.
Their wingers were quick and full of ideas to either draw the Liverpool defenders out of their comfort zone and create spaces for their team-mates to exploit, or provide exceptional service from the flanks for the forwards to try and take advantage of.
Gerrard Houllier has now come out in support of Brendan Rodgers, saying the Irishman needs time to inflict the same quality he managed to don Swansea with.
While, the Frenchman’s absolutely right in saying Rodgers needs time, he’s also being slightly unrealistic regarding the time scale he suggests.
Two years may be a bit too much to expect from Fenway, although at the risk of drawing a lot of angry replies to this post, I will say they got the decision to fire Kenny Dalglish spot-on.
Some of the effects of Dalglish’s decisions are still haunting the club. Jordan Henderson, for a start, just doesn’t belong at Anfield. He has been below poor throughout his tenure and has yet to show any signs of turning in to the player Dalglish promised he’d seen in him.
Then again, Rodgers may be guiding the club in the right direction, albeit at a slower pace. But he’s made a couple of blunders as well.
Letting Dirk Kuyt leave, banking on Fabio Borini setting the stage on fire, and showing Andy Carroll the door while also depending on a transfer of Clint Dempsey – which as we all saw towards the end of August, fell through.
Furthermore, he had a decent few appearances for England at Euro 2012. Of course his detractors will say letting him go was right since he’s been injured for West Ham, but Liverpool couldn’t have predicted the future at the time of letting him go.
Rodgers has come out to the media and said he hasn’t got enough resources, which is painstakingly true. So bring Carroll back in January. Give the lad a chance.
This talk of him not fitting in to Rodgers’ system is just an excuse. Currently none of the players seem to be taking to Rodgers’ style very well. Apart from a few decent results here and there, there’s still a lot of work to be done with whoever’s playing at Anfield.
Give the Geordie a chance to get himself acquainted with that style as well, instead of writing him off repeatedly.
Otherwise, even when Borini does return, it’s going to be a lot of pressure on him to duplicate the standard of performances displayed by Luis Suarez, in terms of giving opposition defenders once nightmare after another.
Don’t be surprised if the Italian buckles under it and doesn’t meet the expectations.