Leicester 2 Liverpool 0

Some people don’t care about the League Cup, but I’m not one of them.  This was the chance for all those on the fringe to show what they can do, they didn’t do it.  There were strange decisions again but I think even Jürgen is becoming as baffled as the rest of us.

Liverpool 1 Burnley 1

Football can be so annoying and games like this don’t help.  The Stats tell you one thing and they bombard you with them but they’re all so pointless.  The only one that matters is the result.  We ran out of ideas pretty quickly and when Burnley took the lead I feared the worse but we got back on level terms if nothing else.  The problem I had was nobody in our team seemed to know what to do to try and resolve the situation which faced us.  I include Jürgen in that equation as well.

Liverpool 2 Seville 2

All things considered this was a decent enough game and I thought a draw was a fair enough result.  We have to live now with our defending deficiencies and strange goalkeeping rotations, not that Karius was to blame for the goals we conceded in this game.  We came back well after the early setback and could have been in a stronger position at halftime and not just because of the missed penalty.  I thought we lost our shape in the second half although that might be down to the way Seville played.  The red card for Gomez was a cheap one and didn’t affect the result but personally I thought Moreno was begging for one after being booked in the first half.  Albert is a useful asset going forward but still a liability at the back, however as far as our defenders are concerned he’s not the only one.  I think the Spanish side are group favourites and because the other game ended in a draw as well, a couple of wins on the road would help the cause.

Manchester is full of Sh1t by Wm Sheikh-speare

Why would a bunch of Arabs buy a toilet, albeit a brand spanking (?)  new one ? I always used to think Citeh fans were a bit better than their Manc brethren, but after Saturday, when we happened to be a few seats away from the refugees and squatters from Wythenshawe and Mosside, I can’t see much difference (except the Manc excrement doesn’t come just from Manchester). “Always the Victims”, ”Steve Gerrard, Gerrard” seem to be the only 2 chants they have, apart from the dirge that is Blue Moon. I know why they stand alone. Don’t they have any heroes to sing about? perhaps Denis Law, but only since he sent the Mancs down, not because Citeh were any good.

The Arabs have assembled a formidable squad, with more depth than ours, a management full of Barca old boys, including the most successful manager ever, and our own Rodolfo Borrell, sacked by Rodgers, and at a cost which defies belief, but for 37 minutes there was nothing in it in what was a great advert for attacking football. I have little doubt that with our attacking formation intact (instead of toothless without Mane, then Salah, then Firmino), we would have won 3-5. And then John Moss decides to ruin it all by sending Mane off for an unintentional foul that messrs Shearer, Lineker and Wright all said on MOTD that they would have committed in going for the ball, that even the Scouse hating Gary Neville claimed was not a sending off offence. Where does intent come into it? if a hand ball has to be intentional, why does a reckless  challenge not have to be? MOTD’s coverage was poor however. The only attack of ours which was shown was the Salah pass back into their goalie’s arms. They missed both the Citeh bookings, both for intentional cynical (and reckless?) fouls, an inch or two outside the box, so avoiding penalties. Was Mane’s offence worse? of course not.  Was the referee on the take? Funny what Arab money can buy (but certainly not love)

It doesn’t buy fans either. For a top of the table clash, they can’t fill their stadium. They have blue seats so that on TV the viewer might think someone with a replica shirt is sitting in them. Be in no doubt, this is a small club with a small fanbase which is benefitting from non football money for the time being. UEFA needs to get a grip on Citeh (and PSG etc) and start docking points, not fining them,  for cheating on the financial side.  Can our own FA do something to level the playing field? they didn’t bother with Chelski when they bought the title. Would they be brave enough to do what the Scottish FA did to Glasgow Rangers even though it was against the short term interests of Scottish football? of course not. No balls, or rather continue the tradition of incompetence or of taking the bungs in true football fashion.

However, the most disappointing thing about yesterday was the number of our fans who left early. I hope they got soaked in the tropical rainstorm as they trudged back to Piccadilly. And I don’t mean 5 minutes early. More like 20 or 25.  OK, our team put up no fight in the second half but they are still OUR team. Leaving is what other teams’ fans do. The droves who left should be ashamed of themselves ( but probably won’t be ).

 

End of rant

Manchester City 5 Liverpool 0

There can be no doubt the sending off of Mane changed the game and whether or not he should have been sent off depends on where you sit. I thought it was harsh and there was no intent or malice. Others think it was right but agree there was no intent or malice.  It might have changed the game but I doubt it changed the outcome. Long before the red card our defence had been opened up like a can of beans and it got worse.  Whether it would have been as emphatic is irrelevant, we looked hopeless at the back and surely even Jurgen can now see we’ve got a problem? Klavan is nowhere near good enough and TAA showed he has a lot of learning to do about defending.  However, citing individuals isn’t right, there were very few who performed and one the sending off occurred we looked clueless.