Well someone didn’t get the memo.
Following three gutsy away games at Stoke, West Brom and Watford, and two limp ones at home to Bournemouth and Palace, yesterday’s match was an opportunity for the real Liverpool to stand up and beat their chests. Three games left, lads. Time to wipe Southampton away as City had done to Palace the previous day, yeah? Do you want this or not? Hmm?
This reticence to take what’s in front of our very noses does not necessarily begin and end with the players. If you were to compile a casebook called Things Jürgen Klopp Fucked Up, this would be Chapter 2, tucked in behind the section on the Europa League final.
Those words may sting but it’s important to remember that the manager is not some deux ex machina figure who will cure all ills in two seasons. He’s a human being who, like all of us, fucks up from time to time. Yesterday was an example of that.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, of course, but most people expected Lallana and Sturridge to trot out after the break following that turgid first half, but it was not to be. Save for standing in front of him and shouting ‘Behind you!’ in playful panto while pointing at the bench, there’s little you can do in that situation but wonder what he can see that is invisible to the rest of us.
Two defensive midfielders at home, no width whatsoever and a General Melchettesque predictable attack left us all frustrated, and it was a nervous hour before United made a worrying weekend a ‘sort of okay’ one.
The Race for Top Four (TM) is back in our hands and if we roll over West Ham and Boro we will reach the Promised Land.
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