WELL, this great Al Pacino quote sums it up really. Many a Liverpool fan thought that the Reds have turned the corner with three wins on the bounce, only to be given an unexpected reality check on Saturday.
To be fair, I wasn’t getting carried away with those results as I’m one of the loudest Brendan Rodgers critics, but I couldn’t even begin to imagine the horror show we were in for.
I know exactly who is to blame for that, although I don’t think FSG are ready to sack him just yet.
Southampton at home was OK, but a 1-0 win against relegation favourites with one of the worst defensive records has hardly made LFC world-beaters. Udinese away was good but far from convincing, considering that Reds played against the mid-table second-string side from an average league. And West Ham was the one to forget and thank fortune for; otherwise there isn’t an explanation for the 3 points Liverpool snatched last weekend.
But they were three results out of three, which is what football is about. Results make or break you as a club or a manager, and so far this season Liverpool have failed in that department. And don’t even get me started with all that “work in progress”, “long-term project” type of nonsense. I’ve already heard them from Rodgers on too many occasions. Excuses, excuses.
I won’t even try to analyse the latest instalment of Liverpool’s Anfield Bad Day at the Office show. I’d rather give you two quotes to compare:
Kenny Dalglish after Bolton one-three away loss: “They ever play that bad – they will be out. We’re Liverpool. We give our best every game.”
Brendan Rodgers after Villa: “I think the players were terrific and unlucky not to score an early goal. The goals were avoidable. It was just bad day at the office.”
Let’s start with formation. I think it’s time to go back to basics and play a good old 4-4-2 for a change. It would provide more men in the box, width and defensive solidity. The defence needs to be sorted out, surely. Stop playing Downing at left-back, it’s nonsense. The lad is not a defender by any means and is the only member of the back four who is blameless because of that. Put Carra at centre-back with Agger moving to the left. Carra is a true leader no matter the age and Daniel loves going forward. I know he doesn’t think of himself as a left-back but needs must. That will do the trick at the back.
In midfield, Steven and Lucas in the engine room. They’ll work their socks off with the Brazilian sitting and the skipper given license to thrill. I’d go with Downing and Henderson on the wings. Stewart has got a lot of stick from fans and experts, but in the last couple of games he was one of the best going forward and he’s the only one to provide the width. Jordan will do the job on the right, moving to the middle when Johnson runs forward. Raheem needs a bit of rest as it’s unfair to ask an 18-year old to play so many games – he will be a good impact sub if required.
In attack two up front is a must for me against a mid-table club with little ambition like Fulham. Luis would be an automatic choice in any team, never mind Liverpool’s current state of striking affairs. I’d put Adam Morgan alongside him. The boy has scored quite a few for the U-21′s, so he has got an ability to hit the back of the net. His on the ball may be questionable, but a striker’s job isn’t passing the ball around. It’s playing on the shoulder, getting into the box and scoring goals.
Oh, and I forgot to explain one notable exclusion; Joe Allen needs to be rested. Until the end of the season.