Written by Overmakta
Liverpool fan to the bone. Father of two. Happily engaged. You can follow Overmaktaon Twitter >> @overmakta
After missing the derby because of a wonderful lunch at Senderens in Paris, and then missing the end of the Hull game from pure anger, I’m finally able to sit down and say a few words about the recent match.
The obvious part is commenting on the performance of Luis Suarez, but I don’t believe I’ll be as positive as many are after last night’s wonders.
This is a man that with no doubt will be hailed as a legend, no matter how long he stays at the club – not only for his excellence, but also for his work rate and never-say-die attitude.
But, and there is a big but. To be harsh, he explains the reason why Berbatov was benched even though he was the top scorer for ManU at the time. The difference between Suarez against Hull, and the Suarez against Norwich is massive. He gets his massive amount of goals when it doesn’t matter – and he doesn’t score enough decisive goals to make up for it. I know I’m being harsh here, but I’d rather take 1 goal against Hull and Southampton then 4 against Norwich. I just can’t help but wonder if we’re better off with a player that isn’t a 4 one day, and an 11 the next day on the 1-10 scale. I’d rather take 2×7,5..
Yes, he is one of the best footballers in the world – when he has a good day. When he doesn’t, he just isn’t.
And then over to an even more touchy subject – Captain Fantastic.
30% of the match yesterday, he was the Steven Gerrard that has been too good for LFC the last 10 years (when you consider where he could have played abroad), but for the rest of the time, he was all work and little result. His long balls were missing more then they hit, and he was more Lucas then Gerrard. In my humble opinion, Gerrard is no longer good enough for a midfield in a top 3 team in the EPL. The best thing he did yesterday was getting the hell out of the way of the corner, so that Suarez could fix 2-0. The knee-jerk movement that almost ended up with a goal can’t be credited anything – God knows what he was trying.
Oh, and I almost forgot. Joe Allen.
I still believe in him, but against mediocre, at best, opposition he made mistakes that would have ripped us apart against a better team. The minute he gets into a midfield with actual midfield players and strikers on the opposite half, he can’t make mistakes like that. In combination with a Skrtel about to lose his confidence, he’s a liability. A big one.
We’re shit at defending them – with a proper striker, it would have been 3-1 at 48 minutes. And the 4-1 goal shows that marking is a massive problem in general.
But on the other hand – the most encouraging change I’ve seen this year, is that we’re actually scoring from set pieces. And that is a massive improvement from earlier. We were so shit at set pieces, even Andy Carroll turned hopeless on the only thing he did good.
But it was a fun game to watch!
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