Why Liverpool & Everton won’t be joining the Sky 4

by Dejon

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Very cross, the Merseys…

After two weekends, both the Blue and Red halves of Liverpool will not be impressed with their immediate openings to the season.

Hovering above the bottom three places in the league table and having scored only one goal each, the tactics boards will be worked upon this week.

Both side’s keepers have made errors, albeit uncharacteristic, costing them points in the opening week.

Then, contrasting performances most recently with David Moyes’ side not being able to kill off their opponents at home and his opposite number at Anfield, Roy Hodgson, unable to figure a way past Manchester City and conceding far too easily at the other end.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not me jumping on the bandwagon after two weeks of the season – that would be absurd.

But don’t think that throwing money at the sides is the answer to the problems.

Both teams situations look to be tactical and simple errors, rather than the players needing to be replaced immediately.

Spending money and expecting the changes to happen overnight is not something that works regularly in football. The tactics and the personnel have to be right.

Surely everyone knows that…


Ask David O’Leary, Martin O’Neill, Mark Hughes, Sir Alex Ferguson, Rafael Benitez, Claudio Ranieiri, Arsene Wenger…the list goes on.

The problems lie with tactics, formations and the way each side is set up.

Everton, for instance, seem to be very negative in games they should be trying to win.

With no disrespect to Wolves, Everton should be taking three points against them at Goodison, but that is the second straight season that Mick McCarthy’s men have gone there and taken away a draw.

People have said we should be asking Man City for Roque Santa Cruz on loan, or should have chased Craig Bellamy harder.

Neither for me is not a possibility.

The reason?

Tim Cahill.

He plays in the hole behind a lone striker as they need two central midfielders.

So, if he plays – and let me remind you that he has 57 Premier League goals from that position – Everton have to play a 4-5-1.

Now, if you drop Cahill – admittedly, he’s not the most skilful player in the world – you would lose those goals, the side would be more toothless in attack and would be less of a threat from set-pieces and crosses.

You would have to replace him with a much, much better and more all-round striker – someone like Didier Drogba and that player doesn’t come around very often.

Liverpool on the other hand, have the players but not the settled line-up or the desire, it seems.

They did not look like a side that wants to take games by the scruff of the neck and grab their Champions League place back.

Arguably their two most important players agreed to stay at the club, maybe after hearing the news that investment at the club was imminent.

Now what happens – especially with Fernando Torres – if that money doesn’t come to fruition and the side is still struggling to hit form in mid-October?

Will he still have the determination to do well, or will he want to follow Javier Mascherano out of the Shankly Gates?

I’m not for one second questioning the Spaniard’s loyalty, but the general consensus was that he owed Liverpool one more season. If he sees no improvement under Hodgson, will he have little choice than to move to pastures new to win something as the tides roll out of Merseyside?

Let’s hope they both get back to winning ways quickly and make City choke on their sixpence…

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  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    it’s early days, lets judge both teams after 10 league games

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