I guess it is pointless crying over games that have gone, particularly when they go the way of Saturday’s at Britannia Stadium.
Surely everyone is best served by looking forward to the next one, which is Spurs next Sunday lunchtime. However, we are fans and the temptation to pick over the entrails of despair is always irresistible. Plenty of team members have also gone on record and given their views on the defeat to Stoke. Stuart Downing summed up the general consensus of opinion.
“The manager said to us after the game to keep doing what we’re doing. I don’t think there was a lot wrong with our performance. Stoke is a difficult place to go but at times we played some good football and cut through them. It was one of those days and we couldn’t hit the net but hopefully we’ll be able to do it at Tottenham next weekend”
Agreed and the stats back this up, various papers over the weekend put our possession share at around 70% and said we had around 15 shots on target compared to Stoke’s two. However, stats are stats and the only important one was the three points Stoke picked up.
I guess this puts a bit more pressure on the team for Sunday’s game particularly as Spurs were encouraged by their first win of the season this weekend? However that is the way it falls sometimes. I guess one advantage of not being in Europe is that we will have a rest whilst Spurs have to travel to Greece, a trip that Harry Redknapp has already described as a “nuisance”. Nonetheless many will be looking to us to bounce back and if we don’t the doubter’s heckles will be raised, even at this early stage?
Much was made of Saturday’s penalty appeals. Two, both of them for us, were turned down and one, for Stoke, was given and scored. Jamie Carragher, who bought down Stoke’s Walters said
“We have to be disappointed with the penalty decisions. We had one go against us and a couple not go for us so we feel a bit aggrieved and when you do that you normally get three points. I thought we reacted really well to going behind and deserved something from the game”
I was wondering if our reputation goes before us? Players such as Suarez have, rightly or wrongly, a reputation for trying it on with referees. I’m not criticising Suarez but referees read the papers and know his history so perhaps this is backfiring on us when we appeal? On balance I suspect this is just another theory cooked up because we’ve had a small run of bad luck with decisions. It’s a cliché but people always say these even themselves out over the season – a cop out line and I wonder if anyone has tested this theory?
Meanwhile Kenny’s somewhat cryptic comments after the game many have lead many to conclude that he thinks there is some kind of vendetta against us from the men in black and that he is slowly losing it. Said The Guardian
“….there may remain concern over his loss of temper, the sense, even, that for the second time in two decades the task of managing Liverpool is proving too great a responsibility for the club’s greatest player.”
Yes right presumably in the Guardian office everything is all sweetness and light no one has a bad day. Nothing hardly ever goes wrong and if it does, everyone just smiles and laughs! Surely Kenny was just complaining, expressing his understandable frustrations just like Liverpool fans up and down the land. Does it mean he’s going gaga, a potential wearer of an Adidas straightjacket? Of course not even though speaking in this way makes him sound just like Fergie!
And there’s more. The fact that Jamie Carragher conceded the penalty, and was at fault for Bolton’s goal the other week, has lead many to suggest his days as an automatic first team pick are numbered. This of course is nonsense. No doubt there will come a day when this happens and Jamie has to bow to the inevitable, and presumably that is why Kenny has bought players such as Sebastian Coates, however, I don’t think now is the time. No one in our back four has Carragher’s experience and defensive nous or, as far as I can see, organisational ability. Moreover it is wrong to single out Carragher for Saturday just as it is wrong to point the finger at Henderson for missing three chances in one move or Suarez missing an open goal at the death, collective responsibility and all that?
In short it’s the same old story, one defeat and many jump to silly conclusions and write and speak in a way that suggests the whole house of cards is going to come tumbling down. During the summer no one pretended Liverpool were going to win the league or sweep aside everything in their path. In short it was still “work in process” and the results so far this season, even at this early stage, have proved to be just that.