Since Kenny Dalglish took over this was the first game we have played under heavy expectations and it did not go well for us. As Kenny said, we did not start well and frankly I think he made a mistake by restoring Andy Carroll to the starting line up. I don't think Carroll had that bad of a game but by having him in the team stopped Maxi from getting forward and left Lucas and Spearing very isolated.
We didn't' really get into any groove until the 30 minute mark, Spurs opening goal took a cruel deflection and until that point they had dominated possession without really looking dangerous. Modric was bossing the show and he is a fantastic footballer. Our fantastic footballer (Suarez) was involved in everything positive but Spurs were pulling him and tugging him to put him off his game.
Howard Webb almost always let it go. The one time Dawson fell over after Suarez barely touched him he was very quick to blow his whistle. Dawson raised his hand at Suarez and Suarez moved his foot at Dawson, both players should have been booked but only Suarez’s name was taken. Minutes later Crouch fell over Carragher and Webb was on the spot to blow for a foul, which was a complete joke. I thought Carragher was going to lose his mind.
Johnson was impressive on the left again and was getting forward well. Young Flanno on the right was equally impressive and these two were our best performers on the day. Every time we looked like scoring these two were at the heart of it. Howard Webb changed the game with a joke of a decision when he judged that Flanno fouled the blue-nose in the box. It was never a foul to start with so it really doesn't matter that it was outside the box. At 0-1 Ii felt we would get a draw, at 0-2 I didn't'. Of course this Liverpool side never stops trying so we did battle on but were denied by King and Dawson, who were in fine form. Carroll had missed a very good chance (in the first half) with his head and Suarez had a few half chances in the second half but nothing like we have seen from the men in red lately.
Kenny made changes throwing on Ngog, Shelvey and Cole with Shelvey the only one that has a future with us. In that sense the game was positive as it helps rein in expectations and it underlined how much we really do need to add to the squad. When everyone is healthy we do have a good squad but injuries are a part of the game and when a few key members of the squad go down we don't have the depth. This was the first time that we really missed Gerrard. He would not have let Modric boss the game like he did. We were also missing Miereles, Kelly and Agger!
Of course all the media talked about was how Spurs were coping with their injuries but you can see how much Harry has in depth when the likes of Defoe comes on! I would love to have him on our side personally. I’m pleased the owners go to see that everything is not rosy… but personally I think they were going to splash the cash anyway.
The final game at Anfield this season was a dud but as Kenny said we can't fault the efforts and I think we have been playing above our heads for a while now. I'm just hopeful that we can build on the last two months and go and really improve the squad at key positrons. Left and right wing first followed on by a quality centre forward.
Finally, as painful as this is, I would like to congratulate Man United on winning the league for the 19th time. As jammy as they are you must respect what they have accomplished. Hopefully it will be easy for us not to be looking over our shoulder. We need to concentrate on ourselves from this point forward.
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