A DEFEAT at home is disappointing, a defeat at home to the manager you wanted gone in place of the current one is even more disappointing. Even if you try to console yourself, deep down, that it might just help his England chances.
Liverpool’s league season ended, really, a week after winning the Carling Cup. Six days after, if we’re being accurate. Arsenal played like a team who’d have been happy with a draw and Liverpool played them off the park. But Arsenal had a bang-on-form van Persie and Liverpool were still struggling with penalties. Arsenal got all three points.
They weren’t the first ‘big’ team to come to Anfield this season looking like they’d be happy to go back home with a point; a sign of the respect, maybe, that opposing managers have for this Liverpool side and its manager. Respect that, sadly, some Liverpool fans just don’t have for this side or its manager. This side isn’t without its faults – far from it – but maybe those opposing managers have more of an idea of Liverpool’s qualities than the tabloid headline writers that some of Liverpool’s supporters seem to gravitate towards.
Remember, Liverpool’s league season was over after that defeat at home to Arsenal. European qualification was already assured, Champions League qualification was now out of the question. The transfer window was closed too. Internally the club would be looking at what changes were needed for next season’s league campaign – and Damien Comolli was clearly one of the changes identified. Externally that’s more or less all we know about any changes that were identified and which of those will be implemented. The transfer window is still closed.
Defeat to West Brom – the first one at home since a time long before Roy Hodgson became anybody’s manager – looks bad. In reality Liverpool were far from bad, it was a performance that would win most games for most teams. But it wasn’t the first time this season that Liverpool’s chances haven’t been turned into goals and, like the last game that followed a Wembley victory, missed chances cost the Reds all three points.
Two of those missed chances hit the woodwork, making it 30 times now in the league this season that the frame of the goal has foiled Kenny’s side. All in all Liverpool have got 40 goals in the league this season – four of them own goals – from a total of 594 shots. 354 of those shots were either on target, blocked or hit the woodwork, only 36 of them went in.
Earlier on in the season, to paraphrase him slightly, Kenny Dalglish said that if Liverpool play like this every game they’ll win more than they lose. And he was right too. But at times this season Liverpool haven’t played like that for all ninety minutes or – in some cases – at all. Liverpool need to hold their nerve now and play like that for the rest of the season. The law of averages will overcome sod’s law sooner or later.
Liverpool need tweaking, a bit of rubbing out and adding to, not screwing up and starting again.
It’s a side that can win – once it works out how to get the ball the right side of the woodwork.
The Twitter Blame Wave
As for the angry minority on Twitter, it didn’t take long for the blame wave to start flooding timelines. Disappointment becomes anger and that anger needs a focus. Some of it isn’t anger and a lot of it is understandable but maybe, just maybe, it’s better not to look for scapegoats but to look for small things that can make the kind of difference that matters.
Here’s a selection:
Kenny brought three attacking subs on, but:
Anyone for Raheem????? 2 x unused CBs and a FB on bench
Mocking Hodgson before the game
slating hodgson haha ur a w****r look at kenny u clueless f***,listen to anfield wrap u making joke of woy.were midtable
Liverpool can still be relegated? (They can’t)
Don’t worry Jim, we’re heading towards the bottom half of the table.
Sacking Hodgson in the first place?
what an irony the manager who was shown the door has done one over us.
(a minute later) has woy done us over twice this season? (no)
well RH couldn’t have asked for a better return and two finger salute to those that wanted him out!!!
Blame one of the subs?
bellers stunk the place out since hes come on, player we should be relying, looking unable to move ball with ne purpose 25yds!
Sack this manager?
if we don’t win daglish should go. Worse than woy? (At least spell his name right).
must be kenny fault we (We what?)
Today is not about luck. This has been happening all season. Its poor finishing/coaching. Admit it
We are a joke mate,and to lose to this b***** is painful. yes we created a lot today,but look at the table,its not bd lck ffs
If we can’t blame luck who can we blame? Let’s blame Jim:
happy with that then ?
“@JimBoardman: Oh no, here comes the Twitter blame wave.” come off it, it’s not undeserved is it?!
“@JimBoardman: Oh no, here comes the Twitter blame wave.” and rightfully so.
your hero dalglish getting stick is he
that’s ok jim, everythings just rosy. Its only the 20th time its hsppened this season. You uber fans keep your chin up though.
Someone is to blame?!? Who do you think should take the rap?!
But we have to blame someone surely?
so should everyone just remain silent and forget about it?
what wrong with that I support them on the pitch .. We ard entitled to an opinion not just use experts
All clubs have the same resources of course:
Never mind mentality, the players are mediocre & nearer to the level of WBA than the likes of united, city etc
Should every1 be ok with being nearly 40pts behind the Mancs?? The #blamewave is deserved!
we missed easy chances, we missed chances professional top class footballers should score, then they missed them again…
This next one is constructive isn’t it? It says it is anyway:
Am not goin to moan at LFC but constructive criticism is a must. Sell Hendo, JonJoke and Spearing! They wudnt get a game on Stanley Park!!!!
I think we’ve established we can’t get relegated and that European qualification is assured, but…
time to stop blaming bad Luck and start blaming bad finishing, 4 games left and counting
The owners sack the director of football, but:
in Kenny we trust but at what cost if he didn’t see that this team need a goal scorer in Jan that’s down 2 him blind faith
Since that director of football left Liverpool have played twice, winning one and losing the other. But…
think the uncertainty re coaching staff, DoF etc hurting the team. Has to be on players minds.
Remember, it has to be somebody’s fault. And if it’s not the players it must be…
so players immune to blame now? Shocking result. Everytime lfc let fans down its fans fault?
That’s not what I said. But it’s what someone else said, sort of:
not blaming anyone but don’t you think from the start fans inside Anfield could have offered more support
the results are unacceptable. No amount of piety can disguise that.
Definitely Jim’s fault:
do you actually watch the game? Instead of tweeting a blade of grass has grown another inch
The best one of all, someone with a sense of humour and a touch of perspective:
If I catch the f***wit who keeps rubbing the post with the leather magnet., he’s getting a Chinese burn
These are obviously the worst examples of what Twitter can be like – it’s generally a good place to talk about the Reds, as long as you remember you need a sense of humour in the hours following anything less than a two-nil win. And yes, that means a sense of humour has been needed a lot this season.
Next up for the Reds are Norwich, whose biggest threat is to kids who post photos of their new kit online a few hours before launch. They are also one of those teams who got points at Anfield this season with a bit of help (twice) from the woodwork in a 1-1 draw in October. Whatever happens, injuries and red cards aside, it won’t make much of a difference to Liverpool’s season or the work needed in the summer.