Sorry guys, I have to blow my lil’ piccolo… you told me I was wrong, you said I talk [email protected], you accused me of just hating Liverpool.
So what now? Am I still behaving like I’m football-stupid?
No I’m not, I called this some time ago and those of you who read my weekly ramblings will know that this unparalleled Liverpool meltdown was predicted and has come to pass.
It’s unbelievable to imagine that under a year ago, Liverpool were the best team in the world, hands down. No one could touch them as they battered their way to success with hardly a blip on their record.
Anfield became the impregnable steel and concrete castle of yesteryear, complete with “Kloppy Ze Clown”, the comical king with a piano key smile. My god, how that’s changed.
His smile now a smirk, his humour turned to cynicism, his team a lost bunch of individuals, minds set on an exit from the crumbling ruins of the Kop, Mo Salah leading the charge!
Man, it’s mental. And to top it all, Chelsea put on their performance of the season last Thursday, as they took complete control of the game and should have won at least two or three nil.
It’s said that Liverpool, more than anyone else, are missing their fans. I’d agree with that, there’s no more red smoke welcomes with bricks and bottles on the Anfield Road, smashing up away team coaches like in pre-Covid days.
We’ve spoken about Jurgen Klopp’s propensity to pull midfielders in to plug defensive gaps, we’ve chatted about “wear and tear” both physically and mentally, we’ve even touched on his latest excuse about “being unable to beat god” (who apparently supports Man City).
But what worries me regarding the German’s mental state was his glaring inability to read an obvious game situation and do nothing about it.
Timo Werner was deployed up top for his speed to get in behind Liverpool’s backline. Jorghino and N’Golo Kante played long balls over the top over and over again.
Werner was caught offside four times and scored one (which was disallowed). It also led to Mason Mount’s goal.
The tactic was undoing Liverpool and Klopp just let it happen. Now if I could see it (as a regular fan) why couldn’t he? Man, that’s a massive worry, is he becoming that helpless?
With the squad at almost full strength, they should have given Chelsea more problems.
Their performance was disjointed and unstructured and then to top it all, possibly their most dangerous player on the night (Mo) was pulled off!
Again on Sunday, he put out a strange starting XI, leaving out a number of his first choice players? Why would he do that? It’s not like tomorrow night’s game against RB Leipzig in the Champions League is in the balance.
Liverpool start the night with a two-goal lead.
I’m sure (like the rest of us) you poor old Liverpool fans are scratching your heads.
How can it be going so wrong?
Maybe there is such a thing as karma and you’re simply paying for your ridiculous arrogance following last season?
On the upside, there’s always the possibility that once the season ends, injuries heal and a couple of significant purchases are made, as with Man City last year, Liverpool can reset and get back to their dominant best.
As it stands, I know the worry for most ScouseAfricans (credit to @Yasser_LA_LFC for that great name), the meltdown could signal time to start Doomsday prepping for the next 30 years!
Conversely, Utd fans (who have been silent for years), have much to be upbeat about. That win against City was well deserved, they actually looked good!
By the time this goes to print Chelsea will have played Everton. Looking at the Blues’ run of games until May, three points against the Toffees will pretty much guarantee a top four finish!
Lets keep safe people... we’re gonna beat the virus!