Yet again, another frustrating game for the Reds. A game one would have expected us to win but as been the case for most parts of this season, we have failed to find the back on the net against teams who come out to defend against us at Anfield. With Torres back in the starting lineup I thought that we would find the cutting edge no matter if Fulham defended with all they had. I was shocked when I saw the teams walk out onto the pitch and I saw that Lucas was starting and Alonso was on the bench.
Okay, Alonso had played for 90 minutes for Spain in midweek so he could have been tired but I would have expected him to start ahead of Lucas. I was a great admirer of Lucas when he came to Anfield but of late he has not impressed me. He is meant to be a slightly more attack minded midfielder than Alonso and Mascherano but he just does not seem to have that x-factor you would expect from a Brazilian midfielder. And against Fulham he just did not do much!
We huffed and puffed for 90 minutes but could not score. Robbie Keane had a glorious opportunity to take the lead in the first half but somehow he struck the keeper instead of finding the back of the net. It was clear that we were missing Stevie G’s drive from midfield. We certainly could have done with him being on the pitch. But we will not have Captain Fantastic all the time and we need to find a way to unlock teams without him.
The only consolation from this result is that Chelsea and Man Utd also drew so no one pulled away or closer to us. It would have been perfect if we took 3 points against Fulham and Chelsea and Man Utd were both held.
We can not sit down and cry about this draw and we just need to pick ourselves up and continue working our way and see where we are come May.