Liverpool in sorry state

JOHANNESBURG - Former European giants Liverpool’s season hit an all-time low on Wednesday.

Losing 3-0 at home to European club champions Real Madrid at Anfield must rank as one of the darkest days in the history of this celebrated club.

It was not the scoreline that shocked the entire world but the way the side which came close to winning the English title last year before being pipped to the line by Manchester City last season, folded like a pack of cards.

There was always this fear among Liverpool fans that the club’s exploits last season were purely down to the swashbuckling Uruguayan, Luis Suarez and without him the club would struggle.

While playing without their talisman was always going to be a tall order, the way Liverpool struggled on Wednesday must have sent some shock waves among their myriad of supporters. They looked bad, terribly bad that one would think they were some club from some struggling lower Asian league.

Madrid also exposed Brendan Rodgers’ huge limitations especially on big European stage.

I have always told all and sundry that after losing Suarez during the World Cup to Barcelona, Liverpool was always going to regret that move. But even I, in my wildest of dreams didn’t fathom the club showing no spine like what they did on Wednesday.

While their form in the English Premiership has been showing indications of a team in deep trouble, conceding goals at will and struggling to find the net, the lacklustre showing against Madrid which was not even on full throttle, stunned those that support this club, me included.

Suarez’s replacement, temperamental Mario Balotelli has been a pale shadow of a striker who a lot was expected from.

With only a single goal since arriving at Anfield, knives have been sharpened for the Italian. And rightly so!

His work ethic has been below par and he worsened things on Wednesday by being eager to swap a shirt at half time with Pepe; something that incensed his coach and supporters.

Fans were justified in calling him a Judas Iscariot, one who dined with the enemy at the time of need.

Whether right or wrong, the striker was insensitive to the feelings of the supporters.

That aside, Liverpool’s season seem to be imploding and an immediate turnaround strategy is needed by both the playing staff and management if they are to salvage something.

Thing is, Rodgers went for panic buying the day Suarez announced his departure from the club.

Instead of solidifying all departments, he went for anyone available on the market forgetting to tighten the suspect defence, shore up the midfield and bring someone of note upfront.

From being championship material last season, Liverpool has sunk back to square one leaving its supporters desperate for a quick solution.

With Rodgers looking out of his depth and the playing staff demoralised, it is penning out to be a long season which suffering fans will have to endure.

At this rate, it will take a miracle to turn things around. Rodgers seems out of his depth and his body language on Wednesday was that of a person not knowing whether is coming or going.


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