If we look past the many poor refereeing decisions on Sunday, it was quite evident from the defeat to Spurs, that Liverpool still have a long way to go before they are competing for a Premier League title. I have highlighted five key examples from yesterday as to why the Reds have a big rebuilding job ahead of them in the summer.
1) I have given tremendous credit to Jay Spearing over his last few matches. He had seemed to be getting towards a consistent level of pressurising opponents, winning the ball back and passing simply to team mates. Without being too harsh, Jay didn’t really have one of his best games yesterday and didn’t play to his best in any of the three areas highlighted. Consistency is key when you want to become a first team player, and after a few good performances, I thought I had saw a new Jay Spearing emerging but the display against Spurs demonstrates that there is a need to look for another holding midfield player in the summer. Jay can still be a squad player, but when Christian Poulsen departs, somebody with greater qualities than the Dane and Jay must come in to strengthen this area. King Kenny has shown a lot of faith in Spearing but I think he would have realised too, that more steel is needed in midfield.
2) Maxi Rodriguez – A typical performance from the Argentine. After seven goals in 3 games, he puts in a performance which can only be described as anonymous. To win Premier League titles, you need players, especially on the wings, who can change games when things are not going your way. Maxi typically turns up when the team is playing well, and when the team doesn’t perform, he is normally one of the eleven who has underperformed. Again, like Jay, he can be kept as a squad player, but a couple of top class wide players have to be the priority in the summer.