Skrtel (og) (5)
So our Jekyll and Hyde season goes on. Sweetness and light in the cups but, despite the odd bit of enlightenment such as last Saturday, thoroughly horrible and desperately troubled in the league.
This latest failure had the spectre of the FA Cup looming over it so perhaps minds were elsewhere? However it seemed to make no difference to Kenny
“I don’t think that can be described as a performance and I take part of the blame I suppose, I thought it would be fair to everybody to give them an opportunity to get some minutes on the pitch with a game coming up on Saturday that’s important to the club, to try and put their case forward. But the performance and the attitude was very poor and that’s not like us.”
On can’t disagree with that. It was poor which one the whole this season hasn’t been like us. Sadly however the result was the same no, as Kenny suggested the other week, playing rubbish and wining. It was Fulham’s first win at Anfield and in this City, and this time the result was merited. Our forth defeat at Anfield this season and, in terms of performance, the worst?
I guess the more people go on about it the worse it becomes yet never, in all my years of supporting Liverpool have I come across such a wretched spell of form at home, stats might prove me wrong but I doubt it. If ever it needed to be spelt out our season is now just one game in North West London. and, truth be told, it’s been like that for some time now.
Kenny, understandably, made no bones that Saturday was on his mind by making no less than nine changes for this game. It would be easier, and less boring, to say that only Shelvey and Henderson kept their places fromCarrow Road.
The game was forgettable, unless you are a Fulham fan, as they had most of the good bits. Pogrebniak went close in the first half , Frei hit a post in the second. Riise had an opportunity to score against his old club and Dempsey had an even better one only to find Doni in good form. For us Kuyt and Shelvey had chances one of the latter’s efforts being cleared off the line by Hangeland with the Fulham back four all over the place. Andy Carroll, perhaps with his Wembley place not certain, seemed desperate to please however, his chances were few and far between as he was fed on scraps. The best was in the first half, a downwards header that hit Schwarzer’s legs with out him knowing too much about it.
The Fulham goal, the winning goal, summed up the game. After only five minutes Dempsey fed Riise on the wing his cross was low and hard, Pogrebniak got a touch on it but it was going wide until it ricocheted off a powerless Skrtel into the net.
What can you say? Clearly the side was a make shift so perhaps had difficulty in “gelling”. Saturday’s eleven will be totally different and presumably will show more desire and pride than was on show in this game. With Saturday on his mind Dalglish may well choose not attach to much importance to this result however, surely he will have noted that if our players can show this attitude in this game then they can again in others and he won’t like that.
“Take some pride in yourself and the club and go and play. It was an opportunity to play, go and play. The goal was unfortunate for us, but I think we got what we deserved and that was absolutely nothing.”
Liverpool: Doni, Aurelio (Jose Enrique – 65′ ), Coates, Kelly, Skrtel, Maxi, Henderson (Downing – 46′ ), Spearing, Shelvey, Carroll, Kuyt (Raheem Sterling – 76′ ) Substitutes: Jones, Jose Enrique, Carragher, Flanagan, Robinson, Downing, Raheem Sterling
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, JA Riise, Hangeland, Hughes, Murphy, Duff, Dempsey, Kacaniklic (Frei – 58′ ), Pogrebniak (Etuhu – 80′ ), Dembele (Baird – 86′ ) Substitutes: Stockdale, Baird, Briggs, Kasami, Etuhu, Frei, Sa