I am never one to criticize Kenny Dalglish but I feel he got is wrong on Tuesday night against Manchester City. When I saw the Manchester City starting lineup prior to kick off, I had a really good feeling that Liverpool could be able to match and beat that side.
But then when I saw what King Kenny had opted to start with, I was largely disappointed. In my opinion and from what I have seen of Liverpool so far this season against the ‘bigger’ clubs, we tend to play them on the counter and we have had great success with that. I would have thought we would have done the same against City but alas.
Do do well on the counter and against a side like City, we needed some pace in our side and for me, Bellamy should have started ahead of Kuyt. Yes, Bellamy may have been a bit tired following the Newcastle game but he would have been up for the challenge against his former club and given 110% for 90 minutes.
You could see when he came on off the bench last night how his injection of pace helped the side.
The second point Dalglish got wrong was not starting with Steven Gerrard. Yes, Gerrard may only be coming back from injury but he has looked good in his previous two outings and in such a big match, you need a big player and just the sheer presence of Gerrard on the pitch for 90 minutes could have been the difference.
I am still not a fan of Andy Carroll and I believe that his presence in the side is changing our style of play to suite him. All too often last night we were sending high balls towards Carroll and crossing the ball to the big man but with no final product. Pass and move on the ground is the Liverpool style of play and we should stick to that even if we do not have Suarez in the side. It is difficult to pass and move with Carroll upfront as his ball control and touch needs a lot to be desired.
Liverpool are going to bounce back against Oldham in the FA Cup and I am sure Kenny is going to look back at the City game and see where he can tinker the squad.