what do you make of that result against chelsea?
not just the result, but the lacklustre performance that went with it.
if this game had been played 3 weeks ago a chorus of boo's would surely have greeted that display of inadequacy, condemning them to an 11th premiership defeat (an unwanted record for them). what spared them? the fact that by chelsea winning, liverpool's proud title record is kept in tact for one more season.
but surely even that is just a matter of time at this rate? sounds harsh, but honestly did any liverpool fan beleive 19 years ago that it would be (atleast) 20 seasons until they lifted the league title again? a year ago liverpool were very close indeed to winning it so it doesnt quite wash to hear the excuse that "liverpool just arnt good enough" as jamie redknapp said earlier.
they were good enough a year ago, so what's changed?
well, what has changed is rafa benitez selling his linch-pin midfielder who worked perfectly in tandem with steven gerrard, allowing him freedom to attack. this year steven gerrard has had his worst season in a liverpool shirt, but you can't blame him. the guy cannot carry an entire team, and neither can the goals of fernando torres. rafa benitez made a massive mistake earlier in the season i well remember with him not even playing down newspaper reports linking him to the juve job. he should have just said he wasnt interested. and he has continually moaned about not having any money? im pretty sure rafa spent a fair amount of money on players last summer and one or two definitely (should have) improved them with the correct management
xabi alonso shouldnt have been sold but that isnt the reason liverpool are where they are this season. they are their because the manager appears to be not focussed on the job, has made bad signings, bad decisions and failed to deliver promises and motivate the side. the moment he promised a top four finish in december he basically put his head on the block. its just a shame that liverpool arn't in a position to sack the bloke.
tom, i really hope things look up for your side soon, because liverpool are good enough, they just need a manager that can motivate the team again.