A lacklustre second-half performance from Liverpool saw them fall to
yet another defeat. If Everton win their game tomorrow against
Blackburn, that would leave Liverpool a massive eleven points behind
neighbours Everton in the chase for a Champions League place.
The last chance of the game fell to Steven Gerrard, who rounded off a
week he’d rather forget by missing the sort of chance a confident
Steven Gerrard would have buried.
Graham Sounness will have built his players up more than ever for this
match against the team he used to love – and that passion was what left
Liverpool shattered yet again.
Liverpool have suffered numerous injuries this season, and with the
lack of funding from the board to keep them in league with some of
those they are trying to compete with, the squad was once again at bare
bones. Morientes was the latest – with a groin injury.
Milan Baros failed to play as good a game as he claimed he could earlier in the week.
It’s going to be tough for Liverpool to catch up to Everton, but of
course there is still a chance of it. Liverpool could be 11 points
behind by the end of tomorrow, but Everton would need to win against
Blackburn to do that. At the moment, the gap is 8 points, and after
Everton play tomorrow, Liverpool have a game in hand.
All eyes on the Champions League tie on Wednesday now – 3-1 ahead from
the first leg at Anfield, the injury-hit Liverpool side must go with
the right attitude.
Scott Carson played today because Dudek was deemed not fit enough to
start, and played a good game. Not at fault for the goal, which was
from an excellent Lauren Robert free kick – albeit a dubiously awarded
one – he’ll hopefully gain a lot of confidence from his performance.
Now it is down to the defeatist element of the Liverpool support to try and get behind the playing staff we have
got. And it’s down to the current board to get down to business behind
the scenes to bring some decent funding to the club. Otherwise the shoe
will ultimately be on the other foot as Liverpool could be the
poor-relations of Everton!