So Kenny’s first two games in charge could hardly be called a success. But as Liverpool fans we’re renowned for giving managers time… All jokes aside, the first two games have been a mixed bag. Thankfully, there have been more positives than negatives.
People may look at the result last night and ask ‘where are the positives?’ and they’d be right; last night’s result was totally unacceptable. Whether the manager is Kenny Dalglish or Roy Hodgson, losing to Blackpool should not be a consideration. However, given how far we’ve fallen in the last 6 months the performance last night was a big improvement. We actually gave Blackpool a game; we had a played a fairly expansive game and a couple of lapses (that you have to forgive, given that the defence has spent most games this season on a knife-edge) aside, the defence looked more of a unit.
They have been playing a more cohesive game and are passing the ball out from the back, as opposed to the ‘hoof and hope’ game that we’d become accustomed to. And for the second game in a row we can bemoan a dodgy penalty decision that, had it gone our way, might well have changed the outcome of the game completely. The other dodgy penalty call obviously coming in that FA Cup defeat on Sunday, in which, minus our Captain for most of the game and a goal down for over 90 minutes we battled away and came close on several occasions to getting an equalizer. Make no mistake, after a couple of months of improvement and rebuilt confidence under Kenny, United will not be a scary prospect. They’re not half the team they were even a couple of years ago and Liverpool easily have the players to match them.