Thank god that is over. That was the worst league campaign in my lifetime (I'm 43) in terms of goals scored and our performance at home. All those supporters who wanted Rafa out, after one year of not making the champions league, should be ashamed of themselves. We were spoiled back then and didn't realize how good we had it. Well now that we have had an additional two years of inept performances we have our previous ownership, Christian Purlsow, the supporters and media who drove Rafa out to blame.
Of course, we have spent a great deal of money last summer in the last transfer window and it must be said that all of the major signings did not perform as expected this year. Our January transfer window of last year, which included the sale of Torres and Babbel and the purchase of Suarez and Carroll was a good one. Carroll has shown signs of life in the last month but last summer might be compared to Gerard Houllier's summer of Diof, Diao and Cheryou. Downing, Henderson Adam and Enrique have been extremely disappointing as a group. Henderson is young and certainly has some promise but he is very inconsistent (as are many young players). Enrique started well but fell off towards the second half of the season. Adam was pretty poor all season and Downing might just be the worst piece of business this club has ever done. I have never seen a player take so little pride in their game as him. He doesn't ever seem to want the ball and is always passing the buck. If I never see him in Liverpool shirt again I would be totally fine with that. Today was no different for him, he was shocking and how he was not dragged off at half time I will never know.
Liverpool were out passed and out thought at Swansea and luck played no part.t. We had two fowards playing very high up the pitch and then the next bank of 4 was some 30 yards behind them. I'm not sure what the point of that was, either we drop off completely or we press high up the pitch. We did neither and we allowed Swansea to play their game. Shelvey and Henderson were just chasing shadows for most of the first half I suppose the second half was a bit better but I'm not just not understanding why we didn't take off a defender with 15 minutes to go to bring on Sterling. What harm would that have done? At a minimum once we went a goal down we should have taken off a defender and brought him on.
Honestly I just don't know what the answer is and what FSG do from here. Our league performances have not been good enough while we had some great wins in the cup; beating Man City, Man United, Chelsea and Everton. We have also played some decent football at times but failed to get our just rewards (see Arsenal game for the prime example). We also had some tremendous bad luck with the woodwork and some scandalous referee decisions this season. The injury to Lucas and losing Suarez for 8 games dented our season but at the end we only have to take a long hard look in the mirror after this terrible season.
I would not want to be in FSG's shoes at the moment as I don't have the answers. Should they stick with Kenny and give the opportunity to get things right as that is the "Liverpool Way" Or do FSG bring in their own man and back him to the hilt as finishing in eight place is not the Liverpool Way?
I know that some supporters believe that questioning our manager is scandalous and I understand where the are coming from. Kenny is my idol. I love the man to bits for what he did on and off the field but no man is more important then the club.lub. If FSG back Kenny I will back Kenny 100%. If they don't I will back the new manager, they just need to make sure he is better then Kenny, as the last reign showed what happens when we do replace a Legend with a incompetent manager. If we dont' get this summer right we could end up in a regulation fight next year.
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