THERE’S literally no point dwelling on last week’s result anymore. Manchester United were a tad better in the first half, Liverpool weren’t good enough. We conceded 2 goals which could’ve been avoided, then came back with a single second half goal. It happens.
Just concentrate on Norwich City now. Let’s think about the Canaries, then Arsenal and Manchester City. Daniel Sturridge seems to be adapting to life as a Red already but this Suarez admission of diving against Stoke was a bit of a counter-productive one.
If he did, then admit it in private, get told off and be done with it.
Not to play devil’s advocate but Manchester United, Chelsea, and the rest of European football today is strewn with divers. Cristiano Ronaldo has done it, Didier Drogba could’ve won the Olympic Gold if he’d taken to that particular springboard.
The only difference with these guys is, they never came out and said they actually did it, despite it being blatantly obvious. Even lesser infamous players like Park Ji Sung and Dimitar Berbatov have done it against Liverpool and won penalties for them.
Let’s not try and play the truthful martyrs here. Let’s just get on with it. Yes diving is wrong so let’s doing that as well since criticising others for doing it is a lot harder when our own players do it as well.
Going back to the bigger issue at hand, I’ve got to strongly agree with one of the previous pieces by one of my colleagues, saying it’s not just about ability but also mental ability. Liverpool haven’t lost most games because of not playing well, they’ve done so for not being confident enough in themselves to begin with.
The moment you’re on the pitch and don’t think you can’t even pass the ball 5 metres without getting it wrong, then chances are you will make a hash of it. In the past Liverpool have ended up winning incredible games with average players, just because the team’s played like champions.
Many disagree with me every time but on paper we have a solid side. We just haven’t played like it most of the time. Against Manchester United, there was once again ZERO movement off the ball. In addition, the United wingers were given far too much time on the ball.
Robin van Persie should never have received that cross for the first goal, because it should’ve been closed down ages before the cross came in to the penalty box.
If we keep getting caught on our heels against top sides, then there’s nothing much left to say.
Criticise the managers, the new signings all you want. We need to start playing like we’ve kicked a ball before in our lives.