5 concerns for Liverpool following the Spurs loss

3) Andy Carroll – Lacking match fitness, the Geordie was selected to start against Spurs yesterday after the injury to Raul Meireles. I will be discussing this issue in another article later today, but it was apparent that Carroll’s inclusion did disrupt the Reds’ style of play. It is mostly not Andy’s fault though. For one he had little or no service from wide areas, which is crucial if we are going to get the best out of him. Secondly, it is very hard to expect a top class performance when he is lacking fitness, and addition to this, coming in against a top class opponent such as Tottenham.

4) With Raul Meireles and Steven Gerrard absent, there was a distinct lack of creativity from the Reds. Our first attempt on goal came after 35 minutes and we only forced a first save from Cudicini in the second half. The introduction of Andy Carroll in the team may have disrupted our rhythm in the attacking third, but it must be said that our only creative outlet Luis Suarez was well marshalled by the Spurs defence with both Michael Dawson and Ledley King marking the Uruguayan tightly and not allowing him to turn into space. With only fleeting moments from Suarez, there was a reversion to long ball tactics to Carroll as the match went on. The introduction of three strikers for the last 10 minutes was an act of desperation on our part as there was no creativity in central midfield or wide areas to cut open the solid Spurs backline.

5) With things not going our way in the second half, Kenny decided to replace Spearing with Jonjo Shelvey. Although I am great admirer of the youngster’s talents, it was evident that, other than Joe Cole, we had very few other options on the bench who could come on and change the game. Spending wisely in the summer is therefore a necessity to address this lack of depth.

Article is courtesy of David at Live4Liverpool.com