LIVERPOOL 1-1 SION
WELL, we got another draw. Do I sound a little unhappy about it? I think I am, because I’m just not as happy with being average as our manager seems to be.
Some fans may remember the club name “Sion” as somebody we’ve played before, way back in the 1990s. One thing that stood in my memory about it was that we had been losing by a couple of goals and then started to make a comeback. The team that was to play Sion at the time had players like Steve McManaman, Robbie Fowler (AKA God), Jason McAteer, John Barnes , Patrik Berger and more well known names from the 90s.
Despite these legends, the fixture hadn’t gone our way right from the first whistle – it all started with conceding two goals and looking like possibly losing the game, but we did not! We didn’t give up, we just played as well as we could and then eventually, we got goals of our own. We made it 2-1, then 2-2. By the time we were drawing with Sion, the fans mentality had gone from despair of likely going to watch our team lose to belief of that our team was going to draw or win the game now. A turnaround for everyone.
Sion would even score once more, making it 3-2. That did not dissuade the Reds fans from believing in Liverpool either and the score was changed to 3-3, 4-3, 5-3, and Liverpool 6-3 Sion eventually by full time. Unbelievable, a win from what could have been a defeat.
What had won the game was not so much great players but a great mental attitude. Strength of mind, determination and belief.
When we compare the players of 1996 to the players of today’s squad – it’s fair to say that both squads are equally strong. It wasn’t so much that Liverpool had better players back then than we did now.
I honestly think that what we may have been missing in our recent game at Anfield was the determination, belief and strong willed players that never want to give up on winning. Recently, the mental attitude that our manager seems to be showing examples of and persuading players to adopt is that “we’ll settle for a draw”. When did winning not become the best thing for everyone? Rodgers seems to be thinking that “the fans will be happier with 1 point than if we lost and got nothing”, but he’s not considering that we really should have all THREE points, the strong will and determination for victories instead of draws.
That’s partly why I’m unhappy with Rodgers. We’re lacking real determination. We’re just not as strong willed as those players from the 90s and it’s affecting our results, I believe this to be true. If the manager is setting this kind of bad example then I’d much rather he be replaced. This isn’t the only reason, but I don’t have time to go into the long list of ALL reasons we need a new manager right now. I think we’ll just get back to this game we played at Anfield recently
The lineup really was chosen in a way that allowed the manager to rest the most important players for the upcoming Merseyside derby (Everton V Liverpool on October 4th), which we couldn’t afford to injure any players directly before. That would create an opportunity for some of our youngest players to show what they can do in this fixture.
I enjoy watching a lot of the youngsters, actually. Some of my favourite squad players are Jordon Ibe, Joe Gomez, Jordan Rossiter – these are some of our most “valuable” young stars – valuable in the way that they are the future of the club, not valuable in actual transfer market value. The more experienced players would be worth more to sell, but they’d have less potential value for being the “best of a new generation of players”. That honour goes to the youngsters, some of whom came straight out of the Academy.
They certainly didn’t disappoint the fans at Anfield. We saw some exciting play and Liverpool were the first to score, which was nice. Fans could have gotten worried about inexperienced players if we’d conceded goals first but it didn’t go down like that, they gave their all and made sure we didn’t look weak. I wouldn’t complain about any of them, they did our fans proud in a major European fixture. The result wasn’t what we’d hoped for by the final whistle, but we’ve already established that with a new manager, we can probably start turning our draws into victories. The results can get better as the players have better role models (a great manager to look up to and be proud of playing well for).
I mentioned the first half was good and that we had a goal in it.
Adam Lallana would be the one who put the ball in the net, surprisingly. My money was on Ibe to score but it wasn’t him.
We worked our way up the pitch early on (around 3 to 4 minutes), with Divock Origi making strong moves against the Sion goalkeeper before eventually getting the ball out to his teammate (Lallana) who was in a great position unmarked and at close enough range to place the ball in the back of the net at Anfield. He looked happy about it for sure and celebrated in front of the Reds to many thousands of cheers.
After the goal on 4 minutes, it was just under quarter of an hour more before Sion had replied with a goal their own. A piece of defending by Nathaniel Clyne was an error which gave possession of the ball to our opponents in a dangerous position. They took advantage of our critical error and punished us for it as the scores were made level by Ebenezer Asifuah. From then onwards, we saw no more goals. I think both sides has been embarrassed enough by the goals conceded and really tightened up so as not to concede more.
So, the game would end 1-1 and we now have two points from two Europa League games in this competition so far this season. Is that good enough? Well, the “Rodgers out” crowd grow bigger all the time, so I can honestly say that I know some fans aren’t fully satisfied.
I’m naming Adam Lallana as my Man Of The Match for his contribution to the game, I enjoyed his goal and hope he can bring more options for goal scoring in the future. It shouldn’t ALL be down to strikers to get goals should it? No, it’s nice to see midfielders doing their part and claiming them too.
We’ll soon have to play the Merseyside Derby as I mentioned briefly earlier. That’s October 4th – Everton v Liverpool at Goodison park.
A win is a must for these derbies, but I’m sure you know that Reds. We’ll want victory or a new manager, pretty much! That’s how important the fixture is to some fans who will most likely take defeat by Everton so seriously that they’d demand a new manager if it isn’t delivered to them by Brendan Rodgers.
Until then, keep walking on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (about 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.