I hate to say it, but I don’t have high hopes for this. This has all the makings of Roy. This man has only been managing since 2008 and has spent no more than two years with a club, the biggest of which is Swansea.
He’ll get my full backing, no doubt, but I’m weary of being positive about this. I feel I’ll remain neutral until I see results. But I’m very excited for this upcoming season and I can’t wait for August.
Welcome to Anfield, Mr. Rodgers.
I agree, but still am optomistic. I don’t think they’d have hired him if they weren’t having some confidence in him. At least we didn’t get…y’know…Roy Keane or somebody. lol
Whether any Liverpool fan likes it or not, it’s been a fact well-speculated that Kenny Dalglish’s departure was all-but imminent at the end of the season. Yes, we managed a cup after so, so long and gave a decent cracking shot in another with King Kenny calling the shots.
And that’s great, but take a look at the rest of the season.
In just the Premier League alone, out of 19 games played at Anfield, Liverpool managed to win only SIX of them. Out of the remaining 19? Liverpool won only eight. Here’s the rest of the figures:
10 Draws: 9 of them at home, 1 on the road at Wigan
14 Losses: 4 at home, 10 on the road
14 Wins: 6 at home, 8 on the road
On the whole, Liverpool finished a very disheartening eighth, with rivals Everton seventh. The two teams of Manchester finished 37 points and 57 goals more than Liverpool (unless you’re United in which case there were 49 more goals).
Yes, we won the Carling Cup, and yes, we did make it to the FA Cup final. A great achievement, but look at what we missed out on. There was no shot for our contention to win the Premier League; we missed Champions League qualification by 18 points, a play-off spot by 17; the Europa league was a distant-grasp due to being 13 points out of reach. No place to play in Europe for the most successful English Club yet again.
So what was the problem? If the manager being sacked is any clue, then we should blame it all on him, right? I think not. A manager is someone who should be great, yes, and who does shoulder blame in situations like this. But it’s not all his fault. After all, he can only give orders from the side and make necessary changes in the game, but it’s the players that do all the work, or lack thereof. So why isn’t anyone blaming players?
The simple fact of the matter is those that Kenny have bought haven’t performed and the ones he’s had before haven’t done enough when given the chance. Andy Carroll is a massive flop, a huge waste of money. Stewart Downing could be a great player, if only he would learn to take his chances and not wait for help when he gets near goal. Jordan Henderson does well enough, but doesn’t play the best he could. Luis Suarez has been a good asset, when he isn’t in trouble for something. Charlie Adam was a decent player, that happened to make quite a few errors.
Take a look at the other players that weren’t used as much as they could have as well. Dirk Kuyt, a great, great asset was sat on the bench or substituted late many times. Maxi Rodriguez, is another. A blow to everything was when Lucas was injured and out from practically the get-go of the season. Fabio Aurelio was in the same boat.
With these conditions, it shows very well in the team’s performances. A lot of the players, particularly the vital ones, just simply didn’t seem to care when in actual matches about who won or not. This is most evident in the 3-1 loss to Bolton in January. Even Kenny reacted angrily and warned his players that “Some of those players won’t be in red shirts much longer if they carry on playing that way. … It was disrespectful. They’ve got to realize every game this football club plays is a big game, not just the ones that suit them.”.
While Kenny’s threat did carry on to inspire a draw with Manchester City for the Carling Cup, a win over Manchester United for the FA Cup, and a win over Wolves for a Premier League game, Liverpool couldn’t maintain this record. A draw at Tottenham, a loss at Old Trafford, then a huge win at Brighton for FA Cup, and a penalty-victory for the Carling Cup couldn’t keep this static season alive.
After the Carling Cup win, Liverpool lost two games in a row, one at home against Arsenal and one at Sunderland. With two wins after that (home against Everton & Stoke), they lost three more (at QPR, Newcastle and once at home against Wigan). The entire season played out like a game of “which game do we care about enough to try and win” versus the matches that were dull enough not to inspire effort.
Not to say that Liverpool didn’t try at times. The woodwork and the crossbar proved to be horrible adversaries, and those penalties and corners weren’t helping matters either. But isn’t that part of football? Manchester United and City have no problem converting penalties or corners, so why does Liverpool? If Liverpool considers themselves to be a truly great team, then they should be able to convert a simple penalty into something that could be potentially game-changing.
The simple fact of the matter is Liverpool is full of players that either don’t care or aren’t in a position to help the rest of the team care and is full of dreams and wishes that may not be feasible with the current set-up. It’s a sour pill to swallow, but it’s true. Liverpool is the greatest club, or at least they were back in the seventies and eighties. But that was over thirty years ago now. New records have been made and new challenges have presented themselves. New teams have come to try and make an effort to reach that ultimate prize, few have succeeded. With the red team of Manchester taunting us with 19 titles, it’s easy for them to sit back in the driver’s seat and just wait for maybe one day when Liverpool could snatch it from them, or maybe City will be the one that does so for the near-future.
With Kenny Dalglish being removed from his office, it’s only a matter of time before a replacement is announced. The only thing Liverpool fans should worry about isn’t who, but how they will make an effort to improve our team, and our club. How can they turn this ship away from an iceberg and back towards the right course of victory, glory, and championships? Yes, the who is important, because it’s not an easy job, but take a look at how they’ll get us back to our proper glory, our form from so long ago. We can’t raise Shankly from the ground and bring him back, but perhaps we can find someone who has the same fire and determination to make our club delightfully proud again.
= Me desperately wishing this was still the other night….but well done Liverpool
Also, bad tackle by Essien on Carroll at the end there. He got a yellow but should’ve been much worse :\ Be safe Andy!!! Also, Ivanovic elbowed Andy, earned a penalty in injury time, which Downing took and he hit the post. :\
“Our attitude wasn’t right, and if you go in with a bad attitude you’re going to get a bad performance. That’s what we got. I’m culpable as well because I changed the players to try and give everybody an opportunity to get in the frame for Saturday. I suppose maybe by doing that it was a contributory factor to what happened. There were one or two positives but there were too many negatives. If you go into a game with that attitude you’re going to get nothing, and that’s what we deserved.
It’ll not affect Saturday but that’s not to say it’s right for tonight, and it’s not something you want to dismiss easily. It’s just not right, not correct to go about your work in that way. If we’d have come in here and won 4-0 it wouldn’t have made a difference for Saturday.
We’ve lost and we’ve been honest in our appraisal of the game and the way we went about the game.”—Kenny Dalglish on today’s match against Fulham http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/latest-news/kenny-attitude-wasn-t-right (via suarezlfc)