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Just recently, I’d written a feature on why Martin Skrtel was the most improved player of this season for Liverpool.
And then he decides to have a bad day on the field!
It isn’t all on Skrtel. Liverpool’s entire defence system failed today.
Skrtel-Agger had their one-off odd performance today.
Jose Enrique was completely out of wits defending against Antonio Valencia and Rafael da Silva.
Glen Johnson, who had a decent start having a go at David de Gea in the beginning, failed miserably against Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney and you name it.
The first goal was a direct consequence of Glen Johnson failing to mark Wayne Rooney. But what’s even more surprising is that a full-back was marking Rooney.
The second goal is entirely on Jay Spearing. The midfielder failing to clear the ball of Antonio Valencia and instead hitting it straight onto him causing a deflection and onto the path of doom.
Even there, it was Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel’s inability to round up Rooney that allowed the England striker to beat Pepe Reina for the second time in under five minutes after the restart.
Jordan Henderson looked completely out of sorts and his glaring error was the fact that he didn’t attempt to play the ball forward.
What is the purpose of being a centre midfielder when he needs Jose Enrique or Stewart Downing to take the ball forward?
And speaking of Stewart Downing…