Arsenal v Liverpool...Bloody Hell!!!
A 3-0 loss...just where do we go from here? We can't go much lower surely? Didn't watch the match (kickoff 2am Monday so work beckoned) but I saw the highlights show and read the reports. Did not seem as bad as the shocking MU performance thankfully.
I won't atatck Benitez really. In the past few matches he's minimised the rotation system and shown a willingness to listen to others, if not publicly then at least by his selections.
A 4-4-2 against Arsenal was a positive move. It showed a willingness and a belief to go for broke, which we have to if we are to make a most unlikely challenge, one definitely gone now. Sissoko would have been indispensible for this match given the collective lack of pace of Carragher and Hyppia and his injury is not Benitez's fault. I only question playing Zenden rather than Gerrard in the centre not because I don't think Zenden's up to it but because 2 years ago Gerrard and Alonso did make quite a good combination in the centre and I would have been willing to take the chance that Pennant would have been fired up to play well on the right against his former side.
The goals conceded was poor. All 3 were defensive errors and for the 1st 2 that's the players collective fault; the 3rd harks to Benitez's zonal marking system, which surely has been studied ad nauseum by the opposition.
I was happy to read Benitez say that he's going to concentrate on the Boro game-that's right; just move on. I was not so happy to see his post-match interview on the highlights show. It reminded me of 'Comical Ali,' Saddam's Information Minister during the 2nd Gulf war. Very selective indeed...
We've played away and lost to our 4 nemesis-Everton, MU, the Gunners and Chelsea plus a very tough Bolton. Done and dusted. Can't possibly be any harder than that. Don't feel sad and sorry. Don't make excuses. We must finish 4th, no less, so let's not over-analyse and just play some good and tough football away from home.