IT’S happened again. A week after a sort of glorious silverware with the Carling Cup visiting Anfield for another year, King Kenny shows he’s still not ready to keep doing the best for the club ahead of his ego.
He decided yet again to start with his foreseen right-wing prodigy Jordan Henderson on the wide right who hasn’t done a useful thing since signing from Sunderland.
That wouldn’t have been too much of a bad thing, given the way the team started. Yes Liverpool ran Arsenal out of the park most of the game.
Passing was fairly good, well co-ordinated, and with strong intent. But the same old story seemed to be lack of numbers in the final third, especially in the box when the crosses were being delivered.
It’s hard to see how Stewart Downing’s been criticised as Dalglish’s worst signing ever when Jordan Henderson is on the same list as him. Downing’s been productive on the left-wing and the rest of the team’s failure to get on the end of his crosses surely reflects more poorly on others, than him.
Secondly, what does it take for Dalglish’s men to have a greater presence in the opponent’s box when the wingers put the balls in?
Coming back to the fairly humiliating defeat against Arsenal at home – it’s humiliating not because of the manner of the loss but more because they didn’t do much throughout the game apart from scoring twice.
When Arsenal equalised, there was still a fair while to go before half time. Then we enter the second-half and Liverpool continue with the onslaught but the Arsenal defence seems to have them figured out. Dalglish has Craig Bellamy on the bench. Why bring him on in the 88th minute? What’s his fascination with waiting until five minutes left to play?
He’s done that throughout the season, whether the team’s chasing a 1-0 deficit or trying to get a breakthrough past a 1-1 or a 0-0 stalemate. What’s wrong with making a change, say on 70 minutes or even 65?
Round about the hour mark, Liverpool’s game was crying out for pace, especially down the right-hand side and Bellamy would’ve been the perfect option. A straight swap with Henderson and the difference would’ve been there to see. Or Switch Kuyt to the right and bring Bellamy in the middle.
Either way, Arsenal would’ve had a lot more to deal with. King Kenny however remains arrogant with the tactics that have proved futile throughout the season.
Now of course he has a Carling Cup win to justify his decisions. Oddly enough, this could be Liverpool’s undoing. It’s nice to win silverware but it’s not really a strong statement of success in the bigger scheme of things.
But bringing on anyone with 2 minutes to go when you’re chasing a win or as Saturday turned out – an equaliser, it’s a farce.
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