Torres, Gerrard, N'gog, Hodgson: Who Was the Worst In Liverpool Loss To Wolves?

Neri SteinFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2010

Fernando Torres looks dejected following Liverpool's not-so-shocking-given-how-they-played loss to Wolves Wednesday night at Anfield.
Fernando Torres looks dejected following Liverpool's not-so-shocking-given-how-they-played loss to Wolves Wednesday night at Anfield.Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Wolverhampton Wanderers defeated Liverpool at Anfield for the first time in 27 years, scoring their first-ever Premier League goal there in the process.

The Reds capped off what was an awful 2010 for anyone associated with Liverpool Football Club with a truly awful performance.

A 1-0 victory really doesn't do justice to a well-organized and energetic Wolves side that completely dominated a rusty instead of rested Liverpool that hadn't played a League game in 18 days.

No one in red came off the pitch looking good and some didn't even look all that sweaty, but who was the worst?

Steven Gerrard played his first match since being injured on England duty in mid-November and struggled to have any sort of impact. He tried several times to play that incisive pass, but his touch was off and he was easily beaten to the ball.

Glen Johnson misplayed numerous passes and committed foolish fouls out of frustration, which pleased none of the Anfield faithful.

Center backs Martin Skrtel and Sotirios Kyrgiakos never communicated with each other and were both clearly at fault in Stephen Ward's 56th minute goal, when he easily got in behind them and slotted the ball coolly past Pepe Reina.

Raul Meireles again struggled to keep the ball and get the forwards involved and he also wasted a golden opportunity in the seventh minute when a quick Fernando Torres free kick put Meireles one-on-one with the keeper, whom he shot directly at.

Speaking of Torres, that free kick was his one shining moment. He looked tired, uninterested and way off the pace. The few touches he had, he wasted, and he did not help out his teammates enough in the midfield, something fans have lauded him for.

Torres' strike partner David N'gog again showed he needs to strengthen as he lost the ball entirely too easily, and when he was substituted for Ryan Babel in the 62nd, it was unclear whether the fans' boos were for him, Babel or manager Roy Hodgson.

Hodgson is ultimately going to receive the bulk of the blame as once again his team lacked organization and creativity, and his substitutions had no effect on the match.

Joe Cole showed in 15 minutes that Liverpool might have overpaid for him, and Fabio Aurelio made no difference in the team whatsoever.

All-in-all, it was an incredibly poor performance. If Jamie Carragher had been on the pitch, he would've at least yelled at his teammates for their lack of effort, but it seems like Gerrard could've done that. 

The year 2010 had very few bright moments for Liverpool Football Club, so it's hard to believe it can actually get worse. Except the possibility of relegation seems a lot more realistic, given how the Reds played last night.