Well Liverpool were awful over the 90 minutes and deserved to get beaten against West Ham. This was our worst showing since Kenny took over as the players lacked imagination and looked very jaded.
It's very worrying that Lucas, Liverpool's best outfield player this season, has now had a run of a two games were he has looked very tired. He was getting caught in possession during the match and our entire passing display was just not quick enough.
The opening 20 minutes of the match was a cagey affair with neither team finding space. Johnson was lively on the left but Suarez and Kuyt were not seeing any of the ball. When Scott Parker picked up possession about 35 yards out Liverpool did not seem to be in danger but after a clever one-two, Parker flicked the ball up to himself and found the corner of the net with a sweet shot.
Kuyt could have equalized minutes later but shot wide. Liverpool huffed and puffed but still looked shaky at the back. Kelly was injured going down the wing and we were forced to go back to a 4-4-2 formation which did not work. Danny Wilson, making his league debut, was doing well in a 3 man back line but when he was forced to move to left back he seemed to get very nervous. He was out jumped for the 2nd goal and then he failed to keep up with his man, who headed in to make it 2-0 before half-time.
It really irritates me that even Kenny still plays Gerrard in the middle of the park in a conventional 4-4-2 set up, it just doesn't work. I thought Gerrard was totally out of it and had a very poor game. Joe Cole came on for Kelly, but like many of his Liverpool team mates, he had no impact on the game. Our Portuguese man was also forced off with injury and on came the inept looking Ngog. He was very poor.. Suarez came to life with about 20 minutes to go and he hit a fantastic shot that Green did well to save. Green also did well from a shot by Gerrard as Liverpool were starting to play better. Suarez turned Tomkins and hit a shot across the face of the goal that Johnson turned in to make it 2-1. An un-deserved draw seemed possible at this point
Liverpool then had a good chance but Ngog chose to shot from distance rather then play in a team mate. At the death Carlton Cole man-handled Martin Skrtel and beat Reina at his near post, the keeper and the defender were both at fault. Even Reina played poor today! My man of the match for me was Johnson, followed by Suarez. The rest of them could have stayed home.
It was a very disappointing result, especially as Spurs lost to Blackpool during the week. It just goes to show everyone that given the start we have had 4th place was always going to be out of reach. Liverpool have been woeful against the clubs who are looking at regulation. Everton have picked up 4 points against us, Wigan 2, West Ham 3, Wolves 3, Blackpool 6! Just awful.
Typically I don't like to use the blog to talk about other teams or other players but how could the referee in the Wigan v United game say that he saw the Rooney incident and then gave only a foul. If that is the case and he actually saw it he should be given a few weeks off from the top flight. If he didn't see the incident he should be man enough to say he didn't see it and let the video take his course. That was a straight red card and if you put the lie detector on Ferguson even he would have to admit it.
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