Liverpool’s Premier League debut did not quite live up to expectations.
However, those proclaiming the failure of the Brendan Rodgers revolution are a bit premature. The Reds were unlucky to go into the half down 1-0. From there, silly mistakes widened the gap in a match not entirely reflective of relative form.
Further, we all knew the adoption of the 4-3-3 would take time. Steven Gerrard must learn to be less profligate with the ball. Lucas is still recovering from injury. Also, both full-backs were playing out of position. From there you can chalk a lot up to inconsistent form to an abbreviated summer build-up.
That said, the critics do have justification for their collective outcry. Despite a new regime, a new emphasis on youth, and an entirely altered system –- the result was simply more of the same.
Liverpool outclassed their opponents for long stretches of play but could not get the result. Sound familiar? That same lack of killer instinct in front of goal which plagued the club a year ago persists.
Given current personnel, we are essentially replicating our approach from a year ago and expecting different results. That, in short, is the definition of insanity. Adjustments must occur in the form of a re-configured approach that involves a few new additions.
Forget the defense and forget the midfield. Until a serious overhaul takes place up front, nothing will change.