Another of Liverpool's lackluster and unconvincing performance at the Riverside Stadium has condemned them to a fourth successive draw in a row this season. Only to have the ever outstanding Torres to salvaged the team a point .
As a Liverpool fan, you will find yourself scratching your head, wondering how on earth Liverpool has found themselves in this current position. Another surprising fact this season so far, Liverpool's away form is better than their home form.
News about manager's relationship breakdown with the club owners came at the worst time during this tough period. Many of us may be pointing fingers to certain personnel but we're not sure of what is actually going on and we can only speculate.
However, clearly there is something not going well in the team. Is it the lack of quality? No. Is it the lack of consistency? Maybe. But for me, the most obvious problem is the way our team plays. Something doesn't click in the tactics. Let's have a guess, my best bet is seeing the 'old' Liverpool surfacing on this current crop of players. The over reliance of the ever magnificent Torres to score goals for the team (sounded something like what Owen did). Not just that, the overall style of playing, over reliance of long balls to the front and counter attack.
DING DING DING! The answer is... The feel of the Gerard Houllier era. With expensive players that is full of quality all over the field and yet simply cannot perform. The most obvious weakness in the Liverpool team now is the lack of fighting spirit. The players are not really running for the balls at times, and especially the lack of support from behind during counter attack. Coupled with Benitez's choice to play the ineffective Voronin. His link up play was simply awful and nine out of ten times when he gets the ball, he'll losses the possession. He was one of the more promising signing during the early season but now deem ineffective. I believe is the lack of communication might have cost him the effective play as times language can prove to be a problem when you move to another country.
Liverpool seriously need to toughen up and be more hungry for winning or else they'll end up losing at each end. With Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd has found winning one way or another despite facing their own problems. Liverpool definitely need to play the catch up game again this season.