Where do I begin? I think it says a lot how disappointed I am that we lost quite so spectacularly last night. Benitez has created a team that does not expect this and in one way it shows how far we have actually come without the finances of Chelsea and Man Utd.
If you look at the business Liverpool have done over the past 5 years we should, in reality, have no chance of competing for the top titles. But we do. If you look at the players we had 5 years ago and how much work had to be done to get us near a title challenge you would not have thought this possible—But we do.
Liverpool is it's own worse destructor in the way the fans have over indulged on success and believed in their own ability too much while other teams were progressing. Liverpool do not have the right to win everything just because we dominated in the 70's and 80's and this needs to be realised before it is too late!
We cannnot just blame the fact that Alonso has gone for the way we have started the season as I believe the cut runs much deeper.
I don't want to jump on the bandwagon about the American owners as they have bought us great players like Torres, Mascherano etc. I do think however that after last season heroics it was the perfect opportunity to take a calculated gamble and bring in a few more players. The squad is a bit thin and cannot be compared to other teams around us.
I cannot understand how we are meant to function with one striker! How is this possible? Even two years ago we had four proven strikers and even Everton have that amount now! What happens if Torres is injured?
I mentioned in my other article that we need a plan B type player who can come on and change a game. We needed that last night! A john Carew signing would have made perfect sense as all we did was play a long ball up to players who are under 6 foot.
Torres was out of position most of the game to try and win the ball so at times we had no strikers playing!
I did feel sorry for Lucas. He is obviously out of his depth and I would rather have George Lucas pulling the strings in midfield. His time may come but his confidence will have all but gone now and he could not wait to get off the pitch on Monday night. When he receives the ball it is like a lorry doing a 3 point turn as he is so slow.
I do (for once) blame Benitez for this as he is putting a player out there who has not once shown he has what it takes. I think Plessis played better in his one Premier League start. As soon as Lucas has one half decent game, he is splashed all over the Echo saying how he is going to improve the team. He needs to stop talking and start walking...back to the reserves.
I am excited about Aquilani and hope he returns ASAP. I just worry as our bench looks like a park bench rather than that of Premier League standard.
Benayoun is another player who frustrates me. He gives you two great games and then goes missing. I feel Riera balances the team out a lot more and we gel better when he is in the team.
When we were loosing last night, it would have made more sense to either put Babel up front alongside Torres or either Kuyt with Johnson taking up the right midfield position.
We do really need a quality striker so we can mix things up. Teams have worked out how Gerrard plays behind Torres now and if they mark him out the game we have to rely on Lucas! We cannot do this!
I still think we can do it and should look to take maximum points from our next four games which is a realistic prospect.