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Time To Hit The Panic Button?

Liverpool have endured a tough last two games, losing 3-0 on both occasions, but is this a temporary blip or something more deep rooted?

It’s a strange place to be. Liverpool have now lost their past two pre-season games to that same 3-0 scoreline. What’s happening?

They lost to that scoreline albeit playing pretty much their reserves/fringe players, but I’m very sure that the side should be strong enough to at least topple the likes of Hull City and Galatasaray. Players supposed to be fighting for their place in the first team should be putting in far better displays.

True, Suarez and Lucas are still out on holiday. True, Pepe Reina isn’t between the sticks. And true, Steven Gerrard is not ready to play games yet, but still, Kenny Dalglish needs to seriously work at lifting both the morale and the standard that Liverpool have to offer.

What was offered at the KC Stadium wasn’t appealing at all. The fact that we only managed to get one shot on goal against a Championship side in the first half is absolutely disappointing to watch. Doni, to be honest wasn’t at fault for both goals he conceded in the first half, both were superb strikes and they got lucky with one, coming off the defender.

Against Galatasaray, I can safely say that it was a team that is very youthful, very eager to make an impression, perhaps the fact that it the game came in Istanbul took the pressure up a notch, because of the strong bond we have to that city (3-3 Milan, Champions League Final). But they could have done better to show what they were capable of, they could have really made an impression and begin to solidify their way into the first team.

One more thing, Christian Poulsen’s defending in the match was simply dreadful. One of the goals conceded by Liverpool against Galatasaray was pretty much his doing. Players are often accused of ball watching, and allowing opponents to get behind you. He was player watching, simply watching he player he was supposed to mark and having no sight of the ball. You need to get in a position to see both, otherwise you won’t know how the attacker is going to attack the corner. It was ridiculous stuff.

This is a reality check for the Reds, following rather easy victories in their Asia tour against Malaysia and a Chinese club side. But we have to remember a few things. First of all, it’s pre-season, and as Dalglish has mentioned it’s time for fixing the mistakes and to make sure that they don’t happen again.

Second of all, it is really difficult to realistically judge how good our side is without the likes of Lucas, Suarez, Gerrard, Reina and Henderson at full fitness. The fact that the players have just returned to training and then come out losing two games simply suggests that they require more time to regain that fitness.

But looking at the performances, Kenny Dalglish certainly needs to trim his wage bill by selling some of the unwanted players on Merseyside.

Watch goals from the Galatasaray game here, and Hull game here.


Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans




  1. Sib

    July 31, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Against galatasary the following team could have been made from players who did not travel: reina, aurelio, agger, carra, Johnson, Lucas, Adam, gerrard, downing, maxi, Suarez. Subs: skrtel, Henderson. Worry if we lose tomorrow night to the Norwegians, but not until then!

  2. Wazza

    July 31, 2011 at 10:35 am

    It’s not the result or the scoreline that worries me. It’s the lack of match preperatoin towards the new season that is frustrating. We haven’t seen a first choice eleven – or anything close that playing 45 minutes together yet – and there’s only two matches left before the season starts. I think we need 3 matches involving mainlny first teamers to prepare ourselves propoerly.

  3. Carrard

    July 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Two games are enough. Remember when Kenny came it took him only two games to get the players play his system.

    Way to many fans are already panicking because of nothing. They have clearly no clue about football, but that’s the modern society: No patience!

    PS: We all know that Poulsen and co should be nowhere near this club.

  4. Kopking

    July 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Wasted loads of money carrol looks useless

  5. tonylfc

    July 31, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    CARRARD:- firstly people have got a clue, fans have had enough patience the last 20 years. The defence is woeful, people go on about the second half of last season, but forget the last two games of the season we were outplayed. We clearly needed a new defence, were told the best players will be signed, were are they then?????? We havnt bought outstanding players, just half decent british players. Championship teams could easily get past our defense. Left back and centre half required as a minimum before first game, or you can forget champs league, coz if he waits until january, it will all be over. We have 11 central midfielders but no left backs and very dodgy centre halfs, carra is going down hill, skirtel inconsistant, agger good but always injured and then the greek woopdy doo!!like you said though we aint got a clue ye rite!!

  6. Carrard

    July 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Trust in Kenny and have some patience: The transfer window is still open for another month. Getting rid of the dead wood is priority for now. Then there will be some more signings, you’ll see. Do you really think Kenny has no plan? I have trust in him, genuinely believe, that he is doing all he can and that he will succeed!

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