Liverpool put in their worst performance of the season on Sunday away to Tottenham we went down 4-0 and it could easily have been worse. What concerned me was how poorly we started the game. We let Spurs get out of the blocks well and we never seemed to have them under control thus it was no surprise that they took the early lead through a goal which should never have happened if Agger had not gone down injured.
Dalglish said after the game, “They started better than us and Modric scores a great goal to put them one in front. Then Daniel Agger gets injured in the process of trying to make the tackle, but it’s a great finish.
“That was the start of our downfall. We started poorly and they began better than us, despite the other incidents which are best left unanswered. We can look at ourselves and the start we had in the game because that dictated what was going to happen to us.”
The red cards to Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel did not help our cause at all. Adam’s sending off was very harsh and if he had stayed on the pitch we could have fought back and gotten something out of the game but it is never easy playing with only 10 men away from home let alone 9.
Skrtel had a torrid time on the field yesterday as Bale was causing him all sorts of problems. I have heard many fans today saying that Flanagan should have started ahead of Skrtel as he at least has the pace to keep up with Bale. It was really no surprise that Skrtel got sent off after failing to deal with Bale.
It is really hard to find any positives out of this game and it is a game we should quickly forget about. I was glad to see Coates make his debut. It was not the best game for him to come on in and it could be seen that he has quite a bit of work to do before he gets used to the Premier League. I hope he gets to start in the Carling Cup in midweek as Skrtel is suspended and Agger could still be ruled out by his injury.
We know it will not be easy for you to come up with a name for Liverpool’s best player against Tottenham but let’s see what you think.