MAN UNITED 3 – 0 LIVERPOOL
Well, that’s all folks! We spoke about rivalry already, but now we need to talk about the actual game we played today… and that’s not going to be fun for me after today’s result, but I’ll do it anyway.
WHERE DID IT ALL GO WRONG? Well, there was the line up to start with.
BRENDAN RODGERS STARTED WITH BRAD JONES in this game! It’s true that Simon Mignolet has been out of form this season and you know what? Fans have been saying that since about the first time we lost, but Brendan Rodgers has never listened to them before and stuck by him for most of the season, never giving Brad Jones a single chance to prove himself better than Mignolet who wasn’t playing to his best. NOW… in this game, the MANCHESTER UNITED GAME – one of the biggest games of our entire season where we need a dependable goalkeeper with experience, Brendan decides to go “LETS GIVE BRAD JONES A CHANCE”… well, it’s “WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE” to do that, Brendan.
If Jones was going to get his big chance to play well enough to keep Mignolet out of the side, he needed to be able to show you what he could do earlier in the season and maybe get a string of consecutive appearances together. You can’t just throw him up against Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin Van Persie and go “SHOW US WHAT YOU CAN DO, Brad”.
He could barely even be called “match fit” after not playing enough competitive games. It was a HORRIBLE decision to put Jones in the starting line up for this game. Almost a form of cruelty…. cruel to Brad Jones himself and cruel to the fans who had to endure a 3-0 thrashing from our rivals. We’ll hear about this for months, maybe years… “remember that time we beat you 3-0!”.
Then there is the issue of our “strikers”. Though Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling are capable of adapting their roles from “attacking midfielder” to “striker”, they aren’t natural strikers. At the end of the day, they are natural midfielders. We didn’t play Lambert (who is a natural striker) and we didn’t play Balotelli (until the second half when he replaced Lallana) in the most attacking roles available. Where does the manager expect the goals to be coming from?
The first half was quite even (despite the fact that we went in 2-0 down at half time). Liverpool had their chances to score and they were either blocked by defenders or saved by the goalkeeper. The first goal of the game came after 12 minutes when Antonio Valencia provided a cross for Wayne Rooney, who looked to be offside but the referee or linesmen did not call it and as Rooney put his right footed shot into the net, it became clear that we would get no help from the match officials at Old Trafford today.
Liverpool did not give up (we never do, no matter what the scoreboard says), but any opportunities we did get were either well defended against or just wasted by our own players. We could not find the net (it’s the one that didn’t have Brad Jones in it guys, I know you don’t really recognize him but he does play for us, I promise).
The second goal of the game would be much nearer half time. At about the 40 minute mark, Robin van Persie chipped in a cross that was met at the six yard box with a header from Juan Mata and anyone who knows how well he has been doing this season knows he is not going to miss an opportunity to score from 6 yards. He proved he “matters” to the club he plays for 😉 LOL. WHAT? My team just lost 3-0, I need to laugh at something other than ourselves. Don’t tell me that’s not funny.
Anyway, the second half was better than the first at least. We gave our all to go down with a fight, if we were going to go down. The manager replaced Adam Lallana just after the half time break so Mario got to play 45 minutes, but he was not so “super” and scored no goals. If he was ever going to prove that he was worth the money we spent on bringing him to Liverpool, it would have been done by scoring against a big club like Manchester United, but he hasn’t proven that today.
Liverpool fought and fought and showed plenty of intelligent attacking football, but they couldn’t even claim one goal to look like they were going to make a comeback for a possible draw at least and eventually, after replacing a defender (Alberto Moreno) with an attacker (Lazar Markovic), Liverpool’s defense seemed to be vulnerable and Juan Mata would assist Robin van Persie who would put a left footed shot past our helpless goalkeeper and we had realised by this point that we were not going to be equalizing today.
It was over and we knew by about 7o minutes into the game. We played on with our usual determination and “never give up” attitude, but it was certain we were going to lose by then. Nothing more than a few bookings would come from the game and it was a relief for the ordeal to be over by the time the referee blew his whistle for full time.
I fear this is the last big “failure” the owners will be forced to endure from Brendan Rodgers before they decide to find another manager to replace him. He hasn’t taken us to the knockout round of the Champions League (we’re out of that competition now) and many fans are questioning the quality of the players that Rodgers spent more than £100M on during the summer and if the owners wish for a manager that knows how to spend so much of their money wisely on high quality players, then they will have to sack Rodgers and find someone new by January 1st, when the next transfer window opens up. I’m not sure it will be a “Merry Christmas” for Brendan as the situation looks like he could well be out of a job by Christmas day or New Year.
We have more important games coming up shortly, Reds fans! Liverpool have a Capital One Cup Quarter Final on the evening of December 17th, a 7:45PM kickoff.
Look to the future, for now and walk on with hope in your hearts. You’ll Never Walk Alone, Anfield Family.
[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.
I’m a die hard Liverpool fan (only supported ONE club in my whole life, Liverpool) and one of the most dedicated fans you’ll ever meet.