The so called football in the first 30 minutes in the 1-0 win against Burnley is the worst Liverpool has produced in a long time. The rest of the match wasn´t much better. If we continue to have this kind of luck then we will win the league. Joking aside, displays like this will in the future mean heavy defeats. A better team would have murdered us yesterday.
After the aggressive and fine football versus Arsenal the Reds were back to their worst self at Turf Moor. In the first half it looked like Bayern Munich had dressed up as Burnley. Liverpool was outplayed and outfought. The Reds missed passes, made inexplicable errors in defence and had not a single idea of how to lock up a mediocre opponent. Burnley was all over us and could and should have been out of sight after the first 45 minutes. After the break we upped our game a tiny notch, not more. The relegation threathened newcomer was in the driving seat throughout. The top four candidate looked like an average Sunday League side.
It´s beyond me how we one day can be passionate and outplay Arsenal and a few days later look completely uninterested, lifeless, drained of self-confidence and let a inferior team humiliate us.
Is it not fun to play against Burnley? Is it only possible to fire on all cylinders when a top team is the opponent? Sadly it´s seems to be the case. The Liverpool of old hated to lose and always gave 100 percent, regardless of whom they faced. They were ashamed if they performed badly. The present team doesn´t seem to bother.
There is not so much more to say about the showing at Turf Moor. It was poor, bad, lousy or any other word you like to choose in the same cathegory.
An observation: After the draw against Arsenal manager Brendan Rodgers claimed that Liverpool deserved more. I guess he meant a win. His opinion was based on the fact that we created more and played better than them. After the game against Burnley when they created more than us and played better then Rodgers claimed that Liverpool deserved the win. This is self-contradictory statements in it´s most pathetic form.
If a team scores two goals and the other one also two then both teams deserves a point apiece. If one team scores one goal and the other one none, then the former deserves three points and the latter no points. How hard can it be to get the hang of this? Only a wrong and decisive call from the ref can result in an unfair outcome. But often enough the ref decisions even themselves out.
So Brendan: Stop this ridicoulous talk about Liverpool deserves this or that. The result speaks for itself. Leave it at that and instead talk about how you are going to rectify our present shortcomings. That would be interesting to hear about. Not this tedious patting on our own backs when it´s not called for in any way, shape or form.
Here are my ratings for the Reds who participated in the 18th league match of the season (on a scale from 1 to 10):
GK Brad Jones 2.
Only played for a 15 minutes and didn´t do anything bad or good.
RB Kolo Toure 2.
Not so assured as in recent times. Seems to have gone off the boil.
CB Martin Skrtel 1.
Committed himself too much and missed some easy clearances.
LB Mamadou Sakho 4.
Best Red player. No mistakes in defence, tackled firmly and passed the ball well. A few lapses in the closing stages.
DM Steven Gerrard 1.
Never got into the game, didn´t seem to realize his job and was at the wrong place too often.
DM Lucas Leiva 1.
Back to his clumsy self. Missed passes and conceded unnecessary free-kicks.
RM Jordan Henderson 1.
Had his moments but on the whole a passenger kind of performance.
AM Adam Lallana 2.
Mixed fine actions with inept ones. His form took another dive.
AM Philippe Coutinho 3.
Lively once again and even tackled well a few times. Must release the ball quicker. Fine assist to the goal. Why is he always substituted?
LM Lazar Markovic 2.
Tried hard the whole match but not so much came out of it.
CF Raheem Sterling 2.
Back to his meaningsless dribbles and lost possession all the time. Got lucky with his mishit shot for the goal.
GK Simon Mignolet 1. (Replaced Brad Jones after 16 mins).
A showcase of errors and nervous actions. Not even worth the grade 1.
RB Emre Can 2. (Replaced Kolo Toure after 45 mins).
Steady in defence, useless in attack.
CF Rickie Lambert 1. (Replaced Philippe Coutinho after 73 mins).
Ran offside a couple of times and not much more.
Three points is the only thing to be happy about from the horror showing versus Burnley. It´s a no-brainer that a similar display versus Swansea will derail our season for good. We need a top performance to down the Swans but I won´t hold my breath. But as always:
We Go Again.