Was that a point won or two points dropped? As hard as it is for me to say this, I actually think we won a point and that should not be the case against teams like Birmingham. No disrespect to them, but a team like Liverpool should be getting 3 points against Birmingham if we are to be challenging for some form of honours this term.
The fact that Birmingham outplayed us for large chunks of the game is a huge concern. And if it were not for two world class saves by Pepe Reina, we may be talking about a humiliating loss this morning.
For crying out loud, can we please get rid of Lucas! What is he still doing in the starting lineup? I thought he was Rafa’s golden child thus he played him all the time but I hope Hodgson has not fallen into the curse of picking Lucas. I call it a curse coz clearly it is not logical to pick Lucas to start! Lucas look woeful again yesterday, giving the ball away too many time and straying passes into oblivion. When I saw the starting lineups, I was concerned to see Lucas and Poulsen starting in midfield. Those two offer to creativity going forward and we should never start with those two together again.
Why did Raul Meireles not start? Maybe he is not up to speed yet but when he cam on he made a clear difference. I was a but stumped that when Raul came on he played just off Torres and Gerrard dropped back into midfield. I would have though Raul would be in the middle with Poulsen and Gerrard would continue behind Poulsen? But I guess we will see as the season goes how Row decides to use these players.
Konchesky made his debut and he looked shakey. That was not one of his better games and I hope he gets better with time. I will excuse him as I think he has not gelled yet with the backline and Javo down the left.
I am reading reports this morning that Jamie Redknapp was slating Torres’ performance yesterday saying he is not working hard enough. It is no lie, Torres is not looking his normal self. I hope it is just a lack of form and he will pick up as the games go on and he is not being distracted by what is happening off the field.
Not a lot went right for us yesterday except knowing that we have a world class goalkeeper in Reina who kept us in the game. Besides that, there is nothing much to be happy about. Hopefully we can catch a wake up call before going to Old Trafford on Sunday.