It was a frustrating Monday evening at the DW Stadium when Liverpool lost 1:0 against the, we have to admit, better side of Wigan Athletic. The Reds started well with a fantastic Steven Gerrard action in the first 10 minutes of the match but then the air seemed just to blow out. Wigan took the control and pushed forward every single minute of the game, the Reds had to struggle to get the ball into to the opponent’s side, which didn’t really work, regrettably.
Wigan knew to take her chances and to benefit from Liverpool’s horrible mistakes and the guest can really be happy about only one goal they got in. Without Sotirios Kyriakos’ and Glen Johnson’s, who returned after his injury, brilliant saves the score could look different.
Apparently, the saying “Third time lucky” wasn’t valid on this evening. Fernando Torres made three great efforts on Wigan’s goal but the ball seemed to be cursed. It just didn’t want to get in! Anyway, there isn’t really much to mention from Liverpool’s point of view. The team played bad, as bad as we didn’t see it play since a while. There was no spirit, no ideas, no … substance.
“We didn’t show the right attitude and even though we worked harder in the second half, we played without game intelligence,” complained the Liverpool manager after the match.
“We didn’t do anything in the first half. The attitude was much better in the second half but it wasn’t enough. It is difficult to explain because we prepared for the game properly. We knew Wigan would play in this way but there were too many things from us that I cannot understand,” he added.
I could write much more about how bad the match and Reds’ performance was but I won’t. Instead, I’ll list some tweets which some of the fans tweeted during and after the game:
@paul_tomkinsTorres’ attitude was poor. We weren’t great without him & Gerrard when they were out, but at least everyone seemed to be trying & focused
@paul_tomkins RT @VerbalKint27: ‘Pundits’ spent 20 mins slagging Rafa. Didn’t mention the individual errors or the amount of times the TEAM gave ball away
@paul_tomkins 4th place looks pretty much dead and buried. Almost everything that can go wrong this season has gone wrong
@paul_tomkins Maybe tonight was down to bad tactics – but good players were making horrible mistakes and misplacing easy passes. Almost all of them
@paul_tomkinsStruggling for even minor positives – can give Masch praise & Aquilani finally looked ‘up to speed’. Gerrard+Kuyt woeful, others anonymous
@robbohuyton No excuses from Rafa. “We did not play well. We knew Wigan would play like this. It’s difficult to explain.”
@TheKidTorres Termino el partido, un partido muy malo por parte del Liverpool. Wigan 1- 0 Liverpool. atentos a la crónica
@LFCTVA disappointing night…
@Liverpool_FC RT @ben_tyson: @Liverpool_FC The big players just didn’t turn up (again). The ones who did simply aren’t good enough
@Liverpool_FC: Biggest disappointment for me is the lack of fight. I don’t even know why Gerrard bothers putting an armband on.
@Liverpool_FC Good news from the game. Apparently four of our kits aren’t that dirty and probably don’t need washing
@Liverpool_FC So, I’m off to cut off my own head and boil it in a pan of water. Should I leave the water in for anyone else?
@Liverpool_FC it almost looks deliberate they are so bad ^JD
@CJPLawleyCan honestly say I enjoyed twilight more than that tonight. And i’d rather set fire to my balls than watch twilight again
@CJPLawley An absolute fucking disgrace. Not just the result, but the performance. And it been coming for weeks.
@CJPLawley I need a large chocolate cake with lots of cream to cheer me up.
@CJPLawleyI’ve know goldfish with more awareness than insua
@empireofthekop I should have stayed in bed
As for me, I’m happy we ended without injury but I’m neither happy with the result, nor with the performance. I think I also do need a big chunk of chocolate to feel a bit better.
Before I go, here’s a tweet which says it in the best way @kopidol76 CROCK. OF. SHITE.