Blackpool – The Aftermath

Posted on October 4, 2010 by

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After sitting through another abject performance from Liverpool yesterday I have come to conclusion that I have been in denial about the situation at Anfield. Every week im looking at games thinking, right, we are gonna win this one.. but Liverpool seem to be getting worse with each game and there is only so much blame you can apportion to the ownership issue. Something isn’t right at Liverpool,  Torres’ body language is not good, the defence seems to be so shaky its unreal, Blackpool had chance after chance in the first half – it was embarrassing at times.

The game against Blackpool, at home, should be a Liverpool win but all credit to Blackpool, they outplayed Liverpool in the first half and fully deserved their two nil lead at half time. Liverpool then pulled one back on 54 minutes when Soto was picked out beautifully by Gerrard, a sustained spell of pressure followed. Blackpool were tired after their first half efforts and were on the ropes yet Liverpool couldn’t find a knockout punch, or even draw level. It doesn’t bode well when a strong Liverpool team loses at home to a newly promoted side.

Liverpool have lost their aura and opponents sense this, as a Liverpool fan I am surprised that the fans are turning so quickly on the manager Roy Hodgson. Calls for him to be sacked are too premature for me, although Roy seriously needs to step things up and quickly as at the moment he looks out of his depth. Its early days yet and as bad as the league table looks im not too concerned about that, it’s the performances which concern me more. I havent seen a good performance yet this season, maybe 45 minutes against Arsenal but ever since then its been very poor.

On paper, the side is good enough to be top 6 material, it’s just not working out on the pitch, too many players are not pulling their weight. The form of Johnson/Skrtel has been poor at best, Gerrard can’t do it all in the middle and Torres has the hump. And this is all before I think about Poulsen and Maxi.

A big mention has to go to Blackpool FC and their manager Ian Holloway, he got it absolutely spot on yesterday with their game plan and they thoroughly deserved their win. Charlie Adam was immense and Luke Varney looks like a Premiership striker, it’s a good demonstration of what team spirit and unity can achieve. The interview with Holloway after the game was very humble as well, the more I see of Holloway the more I respect him. He isn’t just the joker that he was known for previously, just a real honest manager doing a great job.

Even more frustrating is that we have to wait 14 days until Liverpool play in the league next, a trip to Goodison is next, oh joy.

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