Rubbish! That sums up the way all Liverpool players performed when it mattered most. When top displays was needed everybody came up with extremely lousy showings in the FA Cup semifinal at Wembley. Aston Villa won 2-1 but their win was never in doubt and the Birmingham side outplayed Liverpool for the entire match.
Liverpool played without will, belief, determination, passion, movement and every aspect needed to win a semifinal. Villa on the other hand was clever, inventive, hardworking and tough. The Reds had a five minute spell after our 1-0 goal with decent football. The rest was just garbage. A mediocre team made us look like a Sunday League side and at the same time we made them look like Barcelona.
Even manager Brendan Rodgers got it all wrong. He was brave and smart enough to change both tactics, formation and personnel several times during the match to try to change things but his initial stratregy was all wrong while Villa`s was spot on and didn´t need changing. It worked like a charm versus a toothless, lame and pedestrian opponent.
Here are my ratings for the Reds who participated in the semifinal of the FA Cup (on a scale from 1 to 10):
GK Simon Mignolet 1.
Acted nervous, was rooted to his line and his hands was too weak when Villa scored their goals.
RB/LB/CM Emre Can 1.
Clumsy in defence and no particular actions going forward.
CB Martin Skrtel 1.
Outmuscled by Benteke the whole match. Caught napping too often.
LB/CB Dejan Lovren 1.
Gave the win to Villa when blasting over from 30 yards with one minute left and a lot of Liverpool players waiting for a ball into the penalty area.
LWB/LB Alberto Moreno 1.
Dismal crossing and first touch. Lost every duel.
DM Joe Allen 1.
Did he participate?
CM Jordan Henderson 1.
Too slow on the ball and wasted a lot of passes. Defensively weak.
RWB Lazar Markovic 1.
Lost the ball all the time and missed his passes.
AM/DM Steven Gerrard 1.
Didn´t contribute to anything as an attacker and didn´t help the defence as a sitting midfielder. Slow an sloppy. No leadership. Didn´t he want to end his Liverpool career at Wembley on his 35th birthaday? Apparently not.
LF/RF Philippe Coutinho 1.
Scored a goal but hardly anything more.
CF Raheem Sterling 1.
Dribbled a lot and lost the ball every time. Tried to shoot on a few times and every time it was a lame effort. 100k a week? Don´t make me laugh.
CF Mario Balotelli 1. (Replaced Lazar Markovic after 45 mins).
Ran offside six or seven times and contributed zero to the play.
RWB Glen Johnson 1. (Replaced Joe Allen after 78 mins).
No impact on the game.
CF Rickie Lambert 1. (Replaced Alberto Moreno after 90 mins).
A shaky defence, a non-existent midfield and an attack standing still. Liverpool has been out of form lately and when a trophy loomed on the horizon we hit rock bottom. Is it any point in believing that:
We Go Again.