(Original post by Abiraleft)
Just been watching the replays, and I have to say the disallowed Carroll header looked like a goal to me. Harsh one there.
But Liverpool fans must have been encouraged by Carroll's performance? At one point in this season, many people were saying that the one thing Liverpool really lack is a goalscoring focal point; after these last couple of performances, perhaps Carroll can yet grow into that?
Yes to pretty much all of what you said, I said it too a few seconds later. Lol.
*sigh* tactics were wrong. On paper they looked right but we set up with either a 4-3-3 or it was Gerrard deep and Henderson attacking.
Didn't work, Henderson hasn't learnt or can't play with his back to goal. No movement offered up front, Chelsea just dominated us. All we had were lumped balls to Suarez who was in no shape fit for that role.
So many loose balls from every play. Can't believe how many mistakes there were for Chelsea's goal (credit to them for scoring a great goal). Whoever lost the ball in the first place, Enrique's positioning, Enrique's poor tackle (he should've fouled him or kept up and tried to force him wider), and then Reina getting beat at the near post.
Once Carroll came on, the tactics suited him and he won most of the balls in the air and was able to bring in other players. Great goal from him though, shows how much more confidence he now has and he put England's best CB (allegedly) onto his backside to score. Massive shame he didn't score another.
Tbfh, everyone bar Carroll was poor imo. Chelsea got the tactics right and were more ruthless in attack. Disappointed with Skrtel with the Drogba goal.
The first thing I would like to say is that I am absolutely gutted about the result. Just so utterly disappointed words can't really comprehend the level of it.
On the actual game though, a few things stood out.
Our midfield is non existent. In the first half Liverpool passed around the back four until Gerrard would drop deep to come do it all himself and if it wasn't him it was Johnson/Bellamy trying countless long balls up to Suarez who was so isolated it was almost criminal. All of it was just wrong. There was just no urgency, no nothing. Until it was too late that is.
It was naive and foolish of us to think we could really compete with anyone let alone the experience filled Chelsea squad with a Spearing and Henderson holding the most important part of the pitch. Chelsea were also poor but they still overran us, such was how absolutely terrible we were up until Carroll came on. (Who'd have thought we'd be saying such things eh?)
Downing. The less said the better.
I am finding Enriques sudden dip from a monster to a liabiliy to be frightening. He was just shocking. Shocking. Shocking. Everytime he got the ball he'd either make a defensive mistake or slow down the attack ten fold. JUST PASS THE BALL ENRIQUE, PASS THE ****ING BALL! TO ANYONE! TO DALGLISH!
Carroll's substitution changed the game. He was up for it, his finish was fantastic and full of confidence. Something he would have completely fluffed a few months ago. He was winning everything in the air and he very nearly became a hero (ghost goal). It's a positive sign. More of the same please Andy. Meanwhile Fernando Torres didn't play one minute Sorry had to.
All in all, I was heartened at the spirit shown in the second half but it came way too late. I was disgusted by the first half performance and couldn't believe what I was seeing. We deserved to lose even if we had the best 30 minutes of the game, it's not acceptable to just not turn up for an entire hour of a f*cking up final.That has to be one of our worst performances of the season and we saved it for our biggest game of the season. Cheers lads.
Also, Reina. Poor. The game came down to Reina fumbling a timid shot and Cech pulling a monstrous save to keep Chelsea in the game. Fuming. People will be talking about how Reina should look for better options in the summer when the fact is he's been terrible for a while now. Every shot on target is a goal for our opponents. A good goalkeeper keeps you in games and wins you points but lately Reina has cost us.
(Original post by Zerforax)
A mate mentioned to me that we're bringing back our old goalkeeping coach. Maybe that would help Reina?
I don't even think it's about that. I just think everything he does is half assed these days. It's not even like we allow many shots on goal. It's not like he has a lot to do most games but when he is called upon it's like he decides it's in before it even reaches him and than sticks out a limp arm or leg to get something on it and then proceeds to shout at the back four when truthfully they've been the best thing about this season. Enrique's sudden dip in form apart.