Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat at the hands of Bolton will probably act as the low point of the Reds season. The defeat was so comprehensive and so uninspiring on Liverpool’s side that fans were rightfully up in arms at the end of the game.
The Reds haven’t exactly set the Premier League alight this season, but they have the players and the pedigree to beat a relegation-threatened team like Bolton. Kenny Dalglish was noticeable furious and made clear that he wouldn’t stand for similar performances in the future. Speaking to ESPN he said:
“As well as they [Bolton] did, I think we were equally as bad, If anybody has any aspirations of staying any length of time at the football club then they’ll not be here for much longer if that’s the way they want to perform. We expect a much higher level than that.”
“It’s all well and good saying they might have been distracted because there is a game on Wednesday and another game on Saturday, but every game is a massive game for us. And if they think they can turn the clock on and off, then they won’t be turning it on and off at this club.”
Harsh words, but I think he said exactly what Liverpool fans needed to hear. It’s easy to get frustrated when you see your team playing without any concerted effort but it helps to hear that your manager recognises such performances are not acceptable.
Whilst the defence weren’t great against Bolton, they’ve proven that they’re more than capable of winning a game for Liverpool on their day. Hopefully their performance on Saturday will act as a wake-up call.
Andy Carroll, though he failed to score once more, actually looked fairly lively. He tried to make things happen and won the header that led to Bellamy and Liverpool’s only goal. Whilst I remain uncertain about Carroll’s value to Liverpool, I don’t think he’s deserving of the axe just yet.
Instead, it’s Adam that has frustrated me most in recent games. He joined in the summer, because it was hoped that he would help link the midfield to the forwards as well as chipping in a few goals himself. At the moment he’s failing to do either. Worse of all, is his inability to track back. His nonchalant attitude when it comes to defending left Liverpool’s defence there for the taking against Bolton and he needs to step up and take responsibility for his lack of action.
Perhaps it’s time for him to have an enforced rest. A time out for him to consider his role in this Liverpool side and for him to decide how committed he is.
What’s your take? If the axe is to fall at Anfield who should get the chop?
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