That was Liverpool's worst performance under Kenny Dalglish and the most disappointing by far. West Brom played us off the park at times, which is quite unbelievable considering who they are managed by. Their second goal came from a typical Roy Hodgson long-ball but with Sotirios Kyrgiakos struggling it was a wise plan.
Liverpool had two very good chances to score in the early minutes of the match, one after a Carroll knockdown to Suarez and the other after a corner which Carroll headed towards Kuyt. Kuyt's header was blocked and his shot was hit way over the top. Kuyt had a shocking game for us and looked knackered.
Liverpool's chances were not helped when the increasingly impressive Johnson went down with a hamstring problem and was then followed by our most accomplished defender in Agger. If Agger had stayed on the pitch we would not have lost but as Kenny said, we need to be able to overcome these injuries and we could not. Danny Wilson is not a left back at all. He looks nervous on the ball, doesn't jump well and can't really pass the ball properly. Carragher gets criticized for hoofing the ball up the park, which I think is un-deserved, but Wilson was guilty of this style of play on Saturday. Carragher made some great tackles and threw himself in front of shots; I wish some of our players would play with his commitment to the cause.
Our mid-field was awful, with only Lucas putting in a good display. Suarez was our danger man with Andy Carroll going home after he was forced to go into a shell because of the inept display by the referee. Liverpool were denied a clear penalty when Carroll was rugby tackled to the ground but anytime our big man jumped he was called for a foul. It's probably the only thing I have agreed with Alex Ferguson about; Martin Atkinson is incompetent.
I know Carroll has not played much so I will give him the benefit of the doubt but he sure does look rusty. He had a great snap shot on Saturday and won a few headers but other than that I thought he was very poor. Personally I would have taken him off with 20 minutes to go and changed our style. I thought Kenny waited much too long to bring on our final sub. I also think that when Agger was forced off we should have not brought on Wilson but rather gone with 3 at the back and made a change to grab hold of the middle of the park. I think Kenny got that wrong as well.
Overall it was very bad day at the office, Liverpool's number 1 priority, like has been for the last 12 years is to find a left sided winger. We are just woeful in that spot. Further bad news with Gerrard and Kelly suffering setbacks in training.
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