AFTER losing by two goals to Zenit St Petersburg, Brendan Rodgers comes out and tells the media he’s confident they can pull the tie back.
Why? Because they created enough chances to win.
Take a look back through this season. Liverpool would be the champions of everything if results were calculated on the number of chances CREATED. But sadly it isn’t.
Liverpool create chances all the time, well most of the time. It’s the finishing that leaves more than a few chunks to be desired.
It’s getting tougher and tougher every week to say the same thing over and over again. It’s like an under-confident child who can only handle two things at one time.
One game it’s the passing and positioning that gets taken care of while the defence falls through. Or everything else works while the finishing is reminiscent of a 6 year old learning to kick a ball for the first time.
What’s the point of dominating teams if they end up sneaking in a couple of chances and take them. That’s the difference right there. Against Manchester City, Arsenal, West Brom, Zenit…the list goes on and on.
Forget tactics and all that fancy gibberish. The way Liverpool players have been performing on the pitch, they might as well just be sent out every day to run their backsides off, then just have shooting practice all day.
Of all the time the players spend dilly-dallying with the ball when they have it, a clean shot on goal’s too much to ask from professional footballers? I hardly think so.
Daniel Sturridge, in his first few games has scored 4 goals already. It’s because he’s taken a shot and he’s got it on target.
Where are the midfielders attacking it, looking for a lay off to give it a good old fashioned whack? That’s how Liverpool have scored many a goal in the past. Where’s the presence of mind?
This is unbelievable, and we can’t blame Rodgers for trying to keep up the spirits after that first leg loss. But if that’s what he said to the players in the changing room as well, then it’s trouble.
I’m sure he hasn’t as no manager would ever be that positive after a 2-0 loss, regardless of who the opposition was.
This is beyond belief though. Two successive 2-2 draws which were 3 points on a plate waiting for Liverpool to take home, but ever so generously given away. Then you think the natural progression would push the results up and it set up perfectly. West Brom at home, then a tricky away tie but come away with a 1-0 win or maybe or a goalless draw and no problem.
Instead, there was a couple of juicy old 2-0 losses to stare at. I hardly think that’s a reason to be optimistic.
Steve Clarke may have said right before the game that Dalglish’s signings are beginning to show effect. While he may have meant it to imply the results were finally showing the quality King Kenny had spotted. It’s been ironically followed up with a very real reflection of where the club really are – middle of the table and stuck there for a while.
Whether that’s a result of bad signings or bad management, there are opinions going both ways.
Mind you, the results are staying firmly in one place – and it’s getting a bit tiring to watch.