With 5 out of 6 defeats in the league, a few people have been wondering what is going wrong? The good news in the ‘storm’ is the League Cup win, the semi-final berth in the FA Cup and the 3-0 against Everton, but the general pattern in the league is not looking positive.
So, I went looking to the source of all things LFC – Paul Tomkins @ The Tomkins Times.
Paul is a consistently rationale and intelligent analyser of footy and rarely gets carried away in his observations. He’s a big LFC fan but doesn’t let his emotions control his views, which is really useful if you’re trying to work out what is going wrong! Stepping back from the situation can be so hard in football but he does it and he makes a lot of sense. His books are brilliant and he brought a great deal of insight to the ‘zonal marking v man-marking’ debate, proving that it wasn’t the system which mattered but how the players used each system.
Anyway, his latest blog post was really good and highlighted at least a couple of the things I had considered (and a lot I hadn’t), the main one being the poor recent form being a result of loosing 3 of our best players, in Lucas, Agger and Johnson.
It’s no conicidence that the combination of Suarez, Gerrard and Bellamy are producing goals, but we’re now loosing games because we’re conceeding too many goals, because Lucas is not protecting the defence and our two best defenders are injured. ‘Player of the season’ Lucas hasn’t been effectively replaced with Charlie Adam and Spearing is not looking like a top player.
We’ve gone from the best defence in the football league 4 weeks ago (with a full line-up) to rapidly falling in the defence table.
All this shows that the replacements coming in are not at a high enough level and this needs to be seriously looked at. The summer transfer window is going to be a watershed period for this management.