Reds Flatter to Deceive
By James Giblin
Sitting with my younger brother in the Kop and watching Liverpool punish Fulham 4-0. Nothing is more satisfying. It was the first time that me and him had watched a game together since we played Burnley at home a few years ago (we won 4-0 then as well). It is then that my delusions of Liverpool hit a new high.
Those delusions were soon shot down though. Yet again, Liverpool won a game convincingly and then were beaten in the same fashion. As much as it hurts to say, Liverpool are nothing more than mediocre. Granted, there are a few classy players scattered around the field but in terms of attitude, they fight for nothing.
This season Liverpool have been handed a brutal dose of reality. Teams do not fear coming to Anfield anymore. Strikers look at a fixture against us and can taste a goal or two. People aren’t afraid of the boys in red.
Perhaps the solution is close at hand, though. Nobody can doubt Steven Gerrard’s work ethic, but time is catching up with our captain fantastic. Several mistakes this season have cost Liverpool goals and in some cases, points. It may be about time that Liverpool inform Gerrard that he is needed more as a squad player, than a team player. Leaders like Agger, Reina or Johnson may be just what Liverpool need to re-inspire the team as a captain.
There is no consistency in this team; there is no focus. Most worryingly though, there is no fight.