godzillacomplex asked: What do you think of today's game? I'm not too surprised, nor do I really care. We're not going to get anything out of the league, and we already have Eurpoa. As long as we don't end up finishing like 15th or something, I don't care how this league season goes. I'm just glad Suarez scored. All I want is the FA Cup. And for Kenny, where do you stand on the debate that he should go? I think the only way we can rise to the top is with him. It's a step backwards if we sack him.
You’re spot on about this. The loss at Wigan means little to nothing to the grand scheme of things. Fans have already conceded that there will be no Champions League next year, so it would be self-contradicting for those same fans to throw fits about league games and position when the Europa League is already secured.
As a fan, it’s natural to want to see progress, and from that strand point there’s reason to be upset at this time, but the way fans are reacting just speaks of revisionist history. Contrary to popular belief, what Liverpool are going through right now is what every 4th spot contender (Spurs, Newcastle, Arsenal, & Chelsea) have gone through, which is a run of bad games.
The results against Sunderland, QPR (which was not so much a poor performance as much as it was a freakish meltdown) and Wigan are not representative of the whole season. When Dalglish speaks of the team progressing, who’s talking about the bigger picture, and the bigger picture is that, despite the poor purchases (and non-purchases for that matter), Liverpool are in fact a better team than they were last year. The results are obviously not showing it, but football is not black and white, and cannot be evaluated just by wins and losses. If defining a team’s merit was as simple as looking at the score sheet, we wouldn’t have hours of redundant sky sports coverage with pundits answering the same question after each game, “did such and such team deserve to win/lose?”
Having said that, the difference between Liverpool and the rest of the pack is that Liverpool, did not reap the full rewards of their good stretches. I.E. should Liverpool have gotten the wins they deserved in matches in which they were clearly the better team, (City, Fulham away, Wigan away, Blackburn, Norwich, Stoke away, etc.) they would be going through what Tottenham has experienced. A terrible, and inevitable run of form, but still in decent standing.
All in all, Dalglish, has done enough to stay on as manager. Contrary to what critics who try to diminish the League Cup victory (as shootout win against Cardiff) say, winning away to Stoke, beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge twice in 10 days (the second of which was on two days rest), and defeating Man city over two legs, with an away win at Eastlands, was as difficult a cup run as any team has gone through in both domestic cup, and was a massive achievement. The FA Cup could yet follow, and the league is a learning experiencing, if not for the players, than Dalglish himself. Some perspective is needed to understand the progress of Liverpool. When Dalglish speaks of the club making strides forward, it does not stem from delusion, rather consideration of all aspects at the club. The record sponsorship and kit deals, the signings of some of the World’s best youngsters, the lowering of the wage bill (though accomplished with terrible purchases), the improved defense, stable ownership, that’s progression on all fronts. That is progression of the brand.
Daglish should be on board this season, but what Damien Comolli will have to take a leading role in the recruitment of first team talent as the 2011 summer window was naive business, to say the very least. Paying 16m for a central midfielder only to use him on the right, while ostracizing a just as talented and younger player in Shelvey was wasteful. Planning to play 4-4-2 and spending 20m on a left winger only to not go out and purchase a right was bad planning, while they are not enough words in the English dictionary to describe how naive building the team around Andy Carroll was, let alone his purchase. Despite all this, Liverpool are not a bad team. They are more like a peculiar case. For all that everyone has said about big money busts, a few more inches off of some of those 20-odd woodwork shots would have them in a much better position.
All that is unimportant now. Liverpool should just worry about a few things; Focus on winning a double, integrate Sterling, Coates, and Shelvey, get Andy Carroll goals, get into the off season and take it from there.