hurry up, July 1st, let's get the show on the road
- Jun 23, 2003
Its weird. I’m going in reverse here. Normally over time a performance seems to be less ‘bad’ than I initially thought. This time its the opposite. The more I watch it, the more I think about it, the more last night’s effort seems unacceptable. Its not that we lost but it was our attitude, our approach, the complete lack of effort or teamwork.
Our midfield was spineless, gutless, lazy, lacking in commitment, anonymous.
Klopp’s selection seemed complacent, presumptious, clueless, disrespectful.
There is no point in talking about the rest of the side because if you’re midfield unit goes AWOL en bloc for 90+ minutes there’s only ever going to be one outcome. They should hang their heads in collective shame after last night.
We approached the game, players and manager alike, as if all we had to do was turn up, score a couple of goals, keep a clean sheet and leave and we’d take the 3 points home with us. Routine stuff. In the bag.
Instead, they got what they deserved. Absolutely nothing. Its all very well dishing out a collective bollocking to the players - and they should bloody well get one - but this time Klopp should take a long hard look at himself as well.
Matip, Sturridge and Lallana should not be starting an ECL match in a group containing these sides. There is no cannon fodder in this group. You need a solid midfield trio. Fabinho was admittedly poor against Arsenal but that doesn’t justify not selecting him alongside Gini to provide some midfield steel. Lallana’s form is nowhere near good enough. A Shaqiri he is not.
On last night’s performance Matip proved that he is not up to it at ECL level. Klavan would have been a much better option if we hadn’t let him go. Matip really is 4th choice by some distance at the moment and you shouldn’t play your 4th choice CB in the ECL unless your are experiencing an injury crisis in that position.
The selection, preparation and performance was what you’d expect from ECL novices not last season’s finalists. It was absolutely dreadful.
Games like that make you ponder if the fix is actually in.