I expected another poor effort and got one. There is not so much to say about Liverpool´s 1-0 defeat at Hull yesterday. Just the fact that there is no chance of Champions League football next season.
The Reds performed a litte bit better this time compared to the match against West Bromwich on Saturday. We were a bit more eager and moved better. But the attacking play was not up to par. Almost everytime we tried to penetrate in the middle where a couple of buses were parked. The gilt-edged goalscoring opportunities were few and far between. In defence we were caught napping now and then and on the whole Hull deserved their victory.
We could have created more with better wingplay but it was almost non-existent. And when Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling tried, they had a low rate of success. Their intentions were easy to read and the ball was lost.
I can´t understand why a lot of Liverpool players must take several touches and then try to dribble everytime they get on the ball. They must learn how to distribute quickly and accurately - and then move on for a return pass. If we can´t get a fast passing game going then a lot of goalless displays are waiting.
Not so much more to say about this weak showing. It was worse than a Liverpool side should come up with but that has been the case a lot in recent times.
Some call for manager Brendan Rodgers head but I think he should be given one more season. He has got some good ideas about the football and style of play but when it comes to recruiting new players neither he nor the transfer committee are good enough. We need to bring in someone with vast knowledge about players, domestic and abroad, to give good advice. Then it´s of course up to the manager to decide.
Here are my ratings for the Reds who participated in the 34th league match of the season (on a scale from 1 to 10):
GK Simon Mignolet 5.
A few good saves but was in trouble in the air on a couple of times. Not to blame for the goal.
RB Emre Can 3.
A bit naive in his defensive duties and no impact in attack.
CB Martin Skrtel 4.
Out of position sometimes and a few poor decisions. Pretty solid, though.
CB Dejan Lovren 5.
Started a bit shaky but grew into the match. Strong in duels.
LB Glen Johnson 5.
One of his better efforts, both defensively and attack-wise.
DM Joe Allen 3.
Kept the ball in the team but didn´t contribute in attack.
RM Jordan Henderson 3.
Ran around a lot but a lot of without making any particular impact.
LM Philippe Coutinho 4.
Missed more passes than usual but his temmates hardly ever gave him good options.
RF Jordon Ibe 2.
Tried the same thing all the time and seldom beat his man. Ineffective.
CF Mario Balotelli 1.
His laziness gifted Hull the goal and was completely toothless in attack.
LF Raheem Sterling 1.
Didn´t use his pace and stranded on the opposition all the time.
CF Rickie Lambert 1. (Replaced Mario Balotelli after 65 mins).
Imposed himself in the air but without any measurable result.
LF Adam Lallana 1. (Replaced Jordon Ibe after 65 mins).
Tried to get into the match but failed.
RB Lazar Markovic 2. (Replaced Dejan Lovren after 76 mins).
Made a couple of useful runs but nothing more.
When Hull scored I knew it would be another huff and puff effort on the road to defeat. Let August come quickly, then:
We Go Again.