Time To Be Honest: Liverpool 0 – 0 Swansea: Match Reaction
So that’s yet another two points dropped. What a shame. We really should be looking at Newcastle and saying, “That should be us”.
25 shots. 0 Goals. Can you believe it? 25 shots and 0 goals. That almost takes lacking clinal finishing a whole new meaning. To be honest, I think that Liverpool need to be a bit more patient. Personally, I think that Liverpool seem to be rushing their attacks too much – forcing the forward pass – resulting in us losing the ball.
We need to take our time to find the gaps. Charlie Adam picking out Stewart Downing for that early chance for Andy Carroll is what we should be doing more. Take the time, pick out the pass is what I am trying to say.
Provide the Runs, Be More Bold!
That’s my personal message to the Liverpool FC players. Luis Suarez looked really isolated out there on his own despite Carroll’s attempts to link up with him. The reality is that Carroll needs someone right by his side to collect his headers, thus we pretty much lose a player from that.
For more goals to flow in, one thing is going to need to happen: the runs must be provided. The likes of Downing, Enrique, Henderson/Kuyt and Johnson must be offering the fullbacks food for thought, dragging them out wide with their runs, along with providing crosses from the wings, that’s the way to go for me.
After all, you have to remember that we have a 1.9m center forward in the penalty box. Let’s use him. I struggle to believe personally that Downing hasn’t created/scored a clear cut goal for Liverpool FC during the season thus far.
His problem, I think is because he needs to come in to collect the ball, the Liverpool FC central midfielders are a bit to narrow, hence it’s hard to bring the ball out wide.
Furthermore, there just needs to be more movement. To me, the pressing is not necessary. Take your time and organize the defence should be the message going out to the Liverpool FC players. Pressing means, that the opposition can get behind you, leaving you out of position. Pressing also takes a lot of their ability to concentrate – causing players to be tired from the chasing.
Suarez, try and Stay Up More
To be honest, it happens a little too often. Slightly over-dramatic at times, and I, although a Liverpool fan, would like to see the Uruguayan just produce the magic on the ball, not try to draw the foul all the time.
He had a few chances on goal before he went down that I’m pretty sure he would have taken, only to go down before complaining to the referee. It’s happening a little too often and I’m personally getting a little annoyed.
Rodriguez the Answer?
I came across a great article just a few days ago. You guys can read it here. Basically, it suggests that Maxi Rodriguez was pivotal in Liverpool’s recovery last season under Dalglish. There is even a stat, where Liverpool’s win percentage with Rodriguez last season was 70%, whilst without it was 37.5%.
The reason? Perhaps because he knows how to find the net? Personally I think it’s because the pass and move philosophy is ingrained in the talented Argentine. He does it well, and the team plays well when he does.
What I’m trying to say is, if Downing and Henderson continue to underperform, don’t be surprised if Rodriguez comes into the team. He’s a talented player, no doubt, and I believe that Liverpool would play better with him.
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