I didn't get to watch the game. Who did Rafa start? Did Fernando Torres get any playing time?
Crouch and Torres started up front.
Here's the match report.
I am annoyed beyond belief! Do not start Leto, let alone play him, and sell Sissoko in January. He is worthless, and he lost this game single handedly!!
1) Mascherano picked up a yellow card from the Porto match.
2) Sissoko picked the wrong time to have his worst game for Liverpool.
3) I'm afraid Benitez's ego is getting the best of him.
Leto was just as bad as Sissoko, yet Leto was subbed at half time by another average player in Riise, but Sissoko stayed on when someone just as capable in Mascherano stayed on the bench.
I'd rather have 35 year old Jan Koller than Crouch. For the amount of bitching and moaning he spews out about playing time, he isn't doing anything to prove that he deserves to play more than he does. Liverpool's attack in the final third were more composed last night when Kuyt came on.
Benitez's gamble with Gabriel Heinze's transfer has backfired. Hyppia was already showing his age 2 years ago. His lack of speed leaves too much of a gap between him and the midfield. Out of fear, he drops deeper and deeper, and gets caught out of position more often than ever. It's nothing new but he can't be playing more once in a blue moon when Agger or Carragher needs a breather. We don't need a back up CB as skilled as Agger, but we need one that can cover just as much ground.
Attacking wise, when Agger plays, he gives the midfield the option to push up the field by bringing the ball from the backfield himself. I mean, it's become routine to see either Xabi coming back to get the ball from Carragher or Agger to start the build up, or Agger starting it on his own. Hyppia, Carragher and Riise just pumps the ball forward because they can't take care of the ball to save their lives, and I ****ing hate it when we pump long balls.
Put Sissoko in the mix and IMO we got what we deserved.
We'll be better when Agger and Xabi comes back...in about 5 weeks!