If dawn gives you a good indication of what the day is going to be like, than the first 10 minutes at Spurs told us that Liverpool were going to struggle, and struggle they did, big-time!
I find no excuses in our humiliation at White Hart Lane! We can continue to imprecate on bad luck, we can continue to discuss decisions that don’t do us any favours, but when Spurs came out guns blazing, we were all over the place. They identified our weak spot from the word go and they gave us destructive left hooks relentlessly! I will avoid mentioning players in this instance but those who saw know what I am referring to!
I also fail to understand why we persist with this format. Hoofing long balls for a pivot player to lose possession of the ball 9 times out of ten is not going to get us anywhere. We have players with speed and we leave them on the bench, and it well and truly makes no sense!
We went onto the pitch with the wrong mentality, and we were on the back foot instantly. I was so bewildered by the first ten minutes I was tempted to switch my TV off! Then it got worse! A yellow carded player that goes in with his studs two feet into the air in the second challenge he called to make. Red card, ten players and more agony!
I don’t know if this is due to those wretched international breaks, or perhaps because we became too over-confident. What I do know is that today Spurs thought us a lesson of football which we will remember for a long time to come. The fans continue to shout Dalglish’s name and so it should be, but we well and truly need to get our act together and start to play some positive football because this was not only a wake-up call, this was a performance that brought back horrific memories of games we played under Hodgson and which we all thought were history!
I’m sorry; I find no positives in this game, none at all. We failed miserably and this evening I am feeling humiliated! I am a Reds fan, and I give credit where credit is due, but it will take a few games and some positives results to instill some confidence back in me!