Every red fan was disappointed after Sunday’s performance.
Looking back on it there is very little one can take from it however, and I admit my memory may have been addled by the ravages of time I still think it was better than some the efforts we turned out this time last year? Perhaps not?
Anyway I guess the trick is to channel this disappointment and use it constructively. One can understand lashing out and saying things in the heat of the moment but some of the nonsense that has been written is just stupid. Equally some of the premature solutions suggested are just plain impractical the equivalent of saying lets sack everyone and bring in everyone from Barcelona lock stock and barrel. You know it ain’t going to happen so why bother with such wooly minded thinking, get real!
I’m tired of stating that patience is needed and have lost count over the number of times I’ve written pieces about this. All that can be said is that after five league games it would take a dimwit of the highest order to start judging the team now and if they applied to same philosophy’s to life that they’ve applied to the team over the Stoke and Spurs games they would probably be on skid row with no friends – think about it!
More than ever the team needs true fans that have the foresight and the patience to appreciate what we are trying to do and get behind the team. Criticism of a players performance in the game is one thing however those who cowardly snipe and bitch and bully players be it verbally or on line and suggest their days are numbered after short space of time have no appreciation of the Liverpool Way and have been influenced by the kneejerk reactions form fans and owners of other clubs. It is the easiest thing in the world to sit back and slag the club and its players off, trying to understand, accept that tings will go wrong and encourage is harder? A lot of time and effort has gone into assembling this team and we should make the time and effort to support them through thick and thin, show some patience rather than behaving like spoilt divas and having counter productive hissy fits at the first hint of something going wrong. We are Liverpool and we are not like other clubs or fans?
And so to tonight’s game in the third round of the Carling Cup at Brighton. The last time I was at Brighton for a Liverpool game was in the FA Cup in the nineties. We’d drawn 2-2 at Anfield and eventually beat them at old Goldstone Ground in the replay. I can’t remember too much about the game (I think it was close 3-2?) but the trip back was memorable. We went in my mate’s car which resembled something from the space age and went just as fast. He was about to quit his job the following day and had to hand the car back to his company so on the main road, just half a mile from his house, he decided to give it one last blast and was promptly stopped by the police about fifty yards from his front door! He expected a ticket, he was miles and miles over the speed limit but no, the policemen just wanted to have a look at his car and he ended up giving them a blast up the same road he’d been speeding on!
Normally I guess this game would be a chance to give squad members a run out however, as there is no Europe and we’ve lost our last two so perhaps Kenny might be tempted to field a stronger side than normal? One also has to bear in mind that Brighton sit in the top three of the Championship so will be no pushovers?
Sunday has also slightly overshadowed the fact that this game is rumoured to the one where Steven Garrard will make his return from injury. If nothing else this is timely for the simple reason that Charlie Adam is suspended however if Gerrard hits the ground running the Scot will surely find himself out for longer? Elsewhere Martin Skrtel is also out, for the same reason as Adam, and will perhaps welcome some time to lick the wounds Gareth Bale caused on Sunday? As Daniel Agger is also out with rib problems I wonder if we will see and entirely new defence with the inclusion of Coates and the likes of Flanagan or Robinson? The inclusion of Coates will attract the most attention even though he played on Sunday where the circumstances ruled out any meaningful assessment of his performance. Upfront I’m assuming that Bellamy will play and I’d be tempted to rest Suarez and field Kuyt or perhaps persevere with Carroll as he needs the games to build up his confidence and fitness?
Prediction? I don’t think this will be easy. Brighton are playing some good football and I wouldn’t be surprised if this goes over ninety minutes. However, amid everything I still have faith, 2-1 to us.