What a disaster! I do not think I have seen Liverpool play so badly as they did in the first 45 minutes of yesterdays Carling Cup game against Tottenham. We looked lost and seemed to forget that one has to defend when playing the game. Well it would have helped if we had forgotten how to defend but remembered how to attack but even the definition of attacking was not evident in the first half. I do not think we actually tested the Spurs keeper in the first 45 minutes and this is probably the worst keeper in the Premiership!
It was no surprise to see Rafa make 10 changes to the team that beat West Brom as he gave the fringe players a run. After all, no one really takes the Carling Cup seriously and the bigger teams use it as a chance to blood the youngsters, but on yesterdays showing, our ‘youngsters’ did not seem to be that great. I know you can not judge players from one game but there really was not much to show for last night. I am not going to sit here and criticise every player individually but the whole team just did not play well and Rafa has been quick to say that after the game.
We were down 3-0 at the break and even though we are well known for coming back from the dead, I just looked at the players we had on the field and I honestly did not think they were capable of pulling back from such a score. Even when Plessis scored early in the second half to make it 3-1, I did not even move out of my seat. The next goal in the game was going to be critical but unfortunately Spurs got it and we were dead an buried at 4-1. Sami did manage to pull one back to make it 4-2 but that was it.
We should just forget about this game. There were virtually no positives to take out of it besides the fact that Torres got a run out in an aid to boost his fitness. We now just have to look forward to Bolton on Saturday.