Skrtel Own Goal Sinks Reds
If anyone was left in any doubt that Liverpool are a mid-table team these days then this match showed exactly why that is so.
As soon as one issue seems to resolves itself, so another throws a spanner in the works.
The striker problems have been well documented but with Suarez finding his shooting boots and Andy Carroll starting to look like a player at long last then it looks like the addition of A.N other in that department would be good enough in the summer.
Last night the midfield pair of Shelvey and Spearing showed their lack of technical ability and creativity.
When one or the other plays alongside Gerrard or Adam then their deficiencies can be masked but being paired up in this game highlighted how far their development still has to go before they can be considered regular first team material.
The passing, particularly in the first twenty minutes was woeful and the shooting abysmal. Shelvey firing into row Z on one occasion and producing groans from the Anfield faithful.
Shall I go on or should I just copy and paste any of a multitude of dismal home performances from the archives?
Liverpool have a long way to come back from this mess and don't look to the academy to solve all of the problems in future. Getting thrashed 6-0 (against a very good) Ajax in the quarter finals of the Nextgen is not a good omen.
In truth this was a nothing game with a host of players being rested for the Cup Final against Chelsea on Saturday but it was the lack of passion and desire that will upset paying supporters.
This looked like a team that knew it was not going to be on the team bus on Saturday and it showed badly. Only Andy Carroll looked like a player wanting to prove he was worth a spot in the starting line-up.
Roy Hodgson must be rubbing his face in disbelief at the about turn in fortunes.
Both of the clubs he has recently managed have done Liverpool at home and now he has landed the top job.
Football is a funny old game?
There is nothing funny about the current predicament.
We support Liverpool because we are fans of the quick passing game. The rapid counter attacks and devastating pace of our forwards.
The ability to keep the ball and close out 1-0 victories to the sound of the Kop in full voice.
Last night you could hear a pin drop and that antipathy and lack of expectancy is indicative of what the supporters are coming to expect at Fortress Anfield.
Doom and gloom? I can't help but thinking that we would never have plumbed these depths under Benitez.