Tottenham vs. Liverpool: Why It Is More Than Just a Bad Day for the Reds

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IISeptember 18, 2011

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 10:   Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Britannia Stadium on September 10, 2011 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Kenny Dalglish, according to BBC, said after the game, “All we can do is try to improve. For us it's been a bad day.”

Kenny Dalglish was right about one thing. Liverpool do need to improve, but it is more than just a bad day for the red side of Merseyside.

Liverpool looked like the inferior side against a Tottenham team that has not looked all that impressive this season.

Dalglish’s tactics look like they could use some updating. The squad looked like it was lacking belief and creativity.

Liverpool have become more of a two-dimensional team. It runs very straightforward through the middle utilizing the wings only to send in crosses.

The wingers need to be moving to the center and bringing themselves into more threatening roles in the attack.

Luis Suarez also has to be looked at as the fulcrum of the attack.

Suarez brings a new dimension to this team, and is pivotal to the life of the offense. He brings a creative mindset that allows him to bring others into the attack, and he continues great movement off the ball, always getting to threatening areas.

But as far as the immediate future, Liverpool have to be worried about their physical brand of play. It led to two key players getting sent off today.

Liverpool were reduced to nine men during the match, a hole that really has any team set up for a loss.

If Liverpool wants to play physically, they have to be smart physical players, impose themselves on attackers on shoulder-to-shoulder tussles, not when going in for 50/50 balls.

Kenny Daiglish has to discipline and get his players in line so that their style of play does not put them in the hole more often during this campaign.

For now Daiglish can stay optimistic and believe it was just a bad day, but this match was a sign of a bit more.