I apologize for the lack of updates in this space—the hits have increased, but the content hasn’t been updated in the past couple of weeks. Between work, storms, and the Olympics, there were millions of excuses to write less.
That said, it may just be time to vent out some huge fur balls of feelings, as Liverpool kickstarted its 2012-2013 campaign with an embarrassing loss to West Brom. The Reds got a new manager in Brendan Rodgers; offloaded Dirk Kuyt, Maxi Rodriguez, Alberto Aquilani, and Craig Bellamy (why Joe Cole has not yet been offloaded is a mystery); and recruited Fabio Borini, Joe Allen, and Oussama Assaidi (trust me, these three have similarities, and makes me wonder if BR has a type, haha). Of note as well is that former LFC coach Steve Clarke (saw him in Kuala Lumpur last year) is now West Brom’s manager.
Liverpool’s transition phase continues with Rodgers at the helm, and with a big club, expectations are riding high—or at least high enough to secure a win for the opening season. The first half showed signs of promise. Under Rodgers, Liverpool was expected to play tiki-taka, which it did, to some extent. The Reds’ passing indicated just how the new philosophy and system was working—if only Luis Suarez just managed to finish in the handful of scoring opportunities that was presented to him!
The first half ended with West Brom leading 1-0, thanks to a beautiful strike by Zoltan Gera, off a clearance from a corner kick.
If the first half was promising, the second half became farcical. I suppose the momentum change came when Daniel Agger was shown a red card and West Brom were awarded a penalty—thankfully, Pepe Reina saved that. But really, another penalty awarded to West Brom? Even that couldn’t be saved.
Of course, it will take time for Rodgers’ system to work out, but sometimes, the tactics can be baffling—and this includes a cameo appearance by Joe Cole in the second half. Taking Lucas out also exposed the defense, and while I love Jamie Carragher, everyone is just outrunning him already.
West Brom added another goal to their tally, and yes, a final score of 3-0 is quite the nightmare.
Well, nobody said it was going to be easy. The bright spots for LFC, I thought, were Luis Suarez (if onl had the finishing touch!) and Joe Allen (excellent passing rate!). As for the road ahead, it’s going to be bumpier, with Manchester City (and no Daniel Agger!), Arsenal, and Manchester United lined up.
We always walked on with hope, didn’t we?