Unfortunately, to get nothing from this late onslaught also had something quintessentially Liverpool written all over it.
Because, as Kenny Dalglish rightly pointed out, you can’t just let Chelsea waltz into a two-goal lead and expect to get anything positive out of the game.
Dalglish cut a forlorn figure out on the Wembley pitch, reflecting on what had the potential to be a face-saving cup double-winning season, but ultimately culminated in inevitable disaster.
As club owner John Henry looked on at the limp Liverpool start and at the underwhelming summer signings, he could have been forgiven for thinking that something needs to happen.
Dalglish maintained that any review of the 2011-2012 season would be conducted after this Sunday’s last Premier League round, but the judgment will have been made over the course of the entire season.
And here are five reasons Kenny Dalglish, for all that he’s done for Liverpool Football Club, is not the right man to take the Reds forward.
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