Anfield In Panic Mode

By on September 14, 2011

Saturdays loss to a frustrating Stoke side on a mentally frustrating day, full of squandered chances that should have ultimately have seen Liverpool bag all three points at the Britannia Stadium.

The game was full of moments that Liverpool would go on to rue as the home side ran out 1-0 winners, despite all the chances and opportunities falling the Reds way. From the turning down of penalties that were stone wall spot kicks, to squandered opportunities from Jordan Henderson and Luis Suarez, Liverpool should have sealed all three points. But with this, along with 70% of possession and 15 shots, all that can be said, is that it was just one of those days.

This is one of the most beautiful – if frustrating things about football – it doesn’t matter about stats, opportunities. possession or solid chances – although it helps – ultimately it’s about goals scored or not scored within a game that decides the points.

This being said, the apparent dash for the panic button following the 1-0 defeat has managed to really frustrate me. Before the season started, I was the first to ask questions about the signings made and the players released. I was not totally convinced that the players brought in; Messrs. Adam, Henderson, Downing and Co. had all flattered to deceive in my opinion and were not good enough if Liverpool were to massively improve this season and gain a Champions League qualification spot at the end of it.

However, since my expression of disappointment over the signings of some overrated and mediocre players, I am happy to admit that my predictions may have been wrong. The team and the new players have impressed so far by playing an attacking and entertaining style of football, with moments of mesmerising beauty and attacking prowess that had been missing at Anfield for a long time.

Did this come to a halt against Stoke City on the weekend as they bullied us off the ball like they do to so many other Premier League side?

No, this isn’t even close to the truth. Liverpool were great once more. They played flowing football, showing great awareness and understanding, creating an unthinkable amount of chances along the way. It was simply not to be Liverpool’s day, nicely summed up with Stuart Downing’s post match quote.

“The manager said to us after the game to keep doing what we’re doing. I don’t think there was a lot wrong with our performance. Stoke is a difficult place to go but at times we played some good football and cut through them. It was one of those days and we couldn’t hit the net but hopefully we’ll be able to do it at Tottenham next weekend”

However, the unfortunate and largely unlucky final score has sent many blogs, news outlets and fan forums talking as if Liverpool should already be worried, hitting the panic button already after failing to take all three points back to Mersyside.

Such a reaction is baffling to say the least. Not forgetting that Stokes Britannia Stadium is a notoriously hard place to visit that even Arsenal, Chelsea and United struggle at, the performance was still a good one. if Liverpool continue to play such football throughout the season, they will be more than fine, coming out as winners most of the time.

For this I ask for patience. It is hard to forget that this team still needs time to gel. Also, if they continue to play the football that they have been, we can’t ask much more than that.

Hopefully, against Tottenham on Saturday the luck will be on our side, after all, all successful teams need their fair share of luck. Maybe a little less panicking and a little more finger crossing will bring with it all three points on Saturday….

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17 Comments

  1. ynwa

    September 14, 2011 at 10:33 am

    We’re playing Sunday….

    • beadyred

      September 14, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      pedantic!

  2. chris

    September 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

    At last a liverpool website with a realistic assessment of Saturdays game. I’m a stoke fan and I was there! Liverpool we a 100 times better than last year and played fantastic football, It was our day but play like that for the rest of the season and you will be back to where you were before a top 4 to 6 side. You have a long way to go to be challenging for the title cos i cant see past UTD they are our next home game and despite how well we play and how poorly they play they will win they always do lol.
    Anyway good luck for the rest of season AND CHEER UP SOMETIMES IN LIFE YOU DONT GET WHAT YOU DESERVE!

    • Moocher

      September 14, 2011 at 12:06 pm

      I agree Chris, LFC were better but could not put the ball in the net. A lot of that put down to Stoke’s stout defending. We will have another day where things will go our way. Hopefully you can get a result against the Mancs.

    • Ged

      September 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

      You dont fancy changing allegiance to our team do you?
      I’d rather have you supporting us than some of the idiots I’ve been reading recently who profess to be Liverpool supporters

      Congrats to Stoke – they played like Trojans (the ancients Greeks not the condoms)

      • Deebo

        September 15, 2011 at 1:47 pm

        Like the condoms too. Big and nothing got through. Totally agree with the piece though. You’ll Never Walk Alone seems to be a way of existence abandoned by many of these so called fans. We need a purge of these clowns. They are a disgrace to the ethos of the club. Bill Shankly would be turning in his grave if he surf some of these ‘fan’ blogs. To quote Bunk from The Wire: “it’s a shame how far we done fell”.

  3. Dale Marlow

    September 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

    This bunch of players have been playing together for a matter of weeks, once they get through this bedding in period they will play even better together. There are going to be no shortage of hiccups, but you can already see the team playing the way Liverpool fans love to see their team play. Chsing down the opposition when we haven’t got the ball, playing for each other and with passion and commitment. YNWA

  4. darren peloe

    September 14, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Don’t get to frustrated, we did (Liverpool) make chances and the play was good. Yes we lost but the team is still gelling. We should not waver our Hope in King Kenny(all hail) BELIEVE.

  5. PBJ

    September 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

    ‘Frustrating game’, ‘one of those days’ or ‘good performance but bad result’

    How many of these equals ‘we’ll build for next year’?

    How come some teams never seem to have as many of these as we do?

    Love the footy but let’s start being killers.

    • Ged

      September 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

      You not taken the blindest bit of notice from the article or the comments?

      It’s precisely this demand for instant perfection that shows little understanding of the game

      ‘Some teams’ aren’t basically building from scratch – we have lost some 14 players and acquired some 7 or 8 players in the last 6 months – most of the new players have had less than 5 games together
      For me I only expect to see the real Liverpool in terms of results some time after Christmas

  6. Kail

    September 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    U will all Neva wak alone.u guys r gr8 red faithful,kp it up.d new luk of LFC is evry team nitemare,our tuning point ll b against spurs.kep it crossd

  7. Anand

    September 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    I have no idea why some quarters are quick to jump on the band wagon to criticize LFC on their 1st defeat. Is one defeat out of 38 games enough to judge a team especialy when the defeat comes in the 4th BPL game? I believe a true Liverpudlian will allow this new team some time to gel together and get their understanding correct.

    As for me, I’m not expecting EPL trophies from Liverpool for season 11/12. It’s way too much early to burden the new boys with this target. My main hope is that we qualify for next season’s Champions League and as for a bonus, maybe either Carling or FA Cup.

    Our owner, manager, staffing coach and players or rather our entire LFC needs our undivided support. Instead of downgrading them, we should be sticking together and raise our team’s morale. A true fan will do it and so will I.

    YNWA

  8. Anthony Finnigan

    September 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    kenny is still king and in may we judge him and the players if we want to

  9. Stevie G (Walton)

    September 14, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Liverpool’s frustration is justified, simply because if Stoke’s opponents had been United last Saturday do you think Fergie would have took kindly to those awful decisions by Clattenburg!! Of course not!! I will tell you why too!! He would not have suffered at the hands of a biased referee – Clattenburg would not have given Stoke a penalty and he most certainly WOULD have pointed to the spot at least twice in United’s favour had United been Stoke’s opposition. I am overjoyed that Dalglish got Riley (another Manc-loving referee) in for a chat because in each of our first 4 games we have had some diabolical decisions either given against us or not got the right decision (i.e. Eagles sending off against Sunderland). Hopefully, King Kenny will have reminded Riley that there are 19 other teams in the Premiership beside United and they ALL expect the right decisions to be made for every team!! Clattenburg should be demoted to the Championship for his poor performance on Saturday.

  10. gaz

    September 14, 2011 at 11:54 pm

    I’ve been a life long Liverpool fan and if losing 1-0 away to what I would consider a definite dark horse and vastly improved team in Stoke City, puts us in Panic mode then ship Dalglish back to whence he came, get on the phone to Rafa and ask him if he wants to come back.

    As being from Liverpool and living in London I often hear (even now) words we should all take into consideration

    CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALM DOOOOOOOOOOOWN!

    CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALM DOOOOOOOOOOOWN!

  11. Martin Badger

    September 15, 2011 at 12:07 am

    I can’t believe anyone would think Liverpool played well! In my book they were very slow, created one chance – the miss of the season from Henderson – and never really threatened Stoke at all. When your best player is Lucas it really shows how badly you’ve played. As for Carroll! Oh dear. Oh dear. What a waste of money.

    • Steve S

      September 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

      1 chance? What are you on about? Henderson had 3 chances i less than 30 seconds, Suarez missed an open goal and we had 20 shots on goal compared to Stoke’s 3. Their only one on target was the penalty!

      You quite clearly were watching a different game from the rest of us if you think we only had one chance!!!

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