Bordeaux V Liverpool Football Betting Tips 17-09-2015
It's a wretched time to be a Liverpool supporter. Constantly being presented with a glimpse of a brighter tomorrow through a gap in the clouds only to be shown that reality is a cold rainy wet and overcast September day with the prospect of more of the same to come for the foreseeable future.
What happened to the exciting team that tore Norwich a new one and went so close to winning the title less than two years ago?
There are a myriad of reasons why we are where we are but lack of spending or ambition is not one of them. Say what you like about FSG but John Henry has backed the manager in the last transfer window and you can't hold him accountable for this sorry mess.
Suarez is a big loss in all this and the fact is that of the trio of players most responsible for running Liverpool so close that season, not one of them was on the pitch against United on Sunday.
Suarez and Sterling have moved on whilst Sturridge does a very passable impersonation of Mr Glass from the movie “unbreakable” these days.
The whole is less than the sum of the parts. Quite considerably so. There is a malaise in this Liverpool team that someone needs to put their finger on and eradicate quickly.
Either John Henry needs to pull the trigger and rid himself of a manager who has succumbed to believing in his own hype or the manager needs to get a damn grip of the situation and show us that he can not only talk the talk, which he does admirably, but also make the hard decisions, which uncharacteristically are going to do for him if he doesn't wake up and smell the coffee.
Liverpool fans are beginning to turn the tide on the manager and once that happens it's a very difficult job to stop it engulfing you. Rodgers simply has to start winning or he'll be money in the pockets of those who have backed him at 7/4 today to be the next manager to leave his post.
On the face of it seven points from the opening five games, two away to top four material, is not a bad return at all. But it is the manner in which Liverpool tried to stifle the game against United that rankles.
Couple that with some very average team performances and but for a couple of dodgy refereeing decisions Liverpool could easily sit below Chelsea in the league table. Which would mean in the relegation spots.
Brendan Rodgers has potential to be one of the great Liverpool managers but he is blowing his opportunity with some baffling transfer and team selection decisions. These choices look like a master-stroke when you are winning but explode in your face when things aren't going to plan. And things are definitely not going to plan.
Your honour I present you with a litany of mismanagement for the prosecution:
The humiliation of Sterling in “The Liverpool Way”. Would you ever forget that public dressing down? No wonder he was so keen to leave. The abominable treatment of Borini, the “gamble” he took on Balotelli when every fantasy football manager in the land would have shied away. The purchase of Markovic for £20 Million. The loaning out of Markovic.
Perversely persisting with 4-3-3. Constantly playing players out of position. Marginalising Lucas and then making him a first team starter, shipping out Andy Carroll in his first season in charge because playing with a target man didn't suit the “philosophy”. Buying Benteke to give a physical and aerial presence up front in his fourth.
The list of players going through the revolving transfer door makes you dizzy. After four years the manager is still replacing half the team in the transfer window.
We've gone from passing it around at the back to parking the bus at United and everything in between. Liverpool are rudderless and drifting towards the rocks. The last fifteen games have garnered 18 points and conceded 24 goals, scoring 13 in the process.
Losing 6-1 to Stoke, 3-1 to Crystal Palace and 3-0 to West Ham at home, the spineless display in the semi final against Aston Villa.
I don't want to see the manager sacked because I believe he's got what it takes. But if he can't gain some consistency in performances after four seasons then will he ever get there? Yes he's a young manager and learning his trade but so are Eddie Howe and Gary Monk. Good honest performances are what you get from their teams game in game out with far less talent on hand to accomplish it.
Come on Brendan. Let's have less of this “best defeat I've ever had” garbage and sort this out beginning with a performance at Bordeaux.
4-4-2. You know it makes sense.