Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Liverpool's Title Challenge Is Over Already. Champions League? No chance!
I said it after the first game of the season, this Liverpool team is on the wane. The loss of Alonso was bigger than most people realised and the failure to use the relatively little money they had in the summer to buy either a striker or a creative midfielder was a huge mistake by Benitez. I said that the £17m paid for Johnson was absurd and I stand by that. Yes he is a talent going forward on the right hand flank but defensively he can be a liability.
At the moment Gerrard has to be in two places at once and, as good as he is, he isn't the superhuman that Liverpool now need him to be. Playing on the shoulder of Torres, he cannot supply the killer balls from midfield that Alonso used to deliver; playing as the playmaker, he cannot poach the goals in and around the box.
The club's finances are now biting their title ambitions in the bollocks, just as this blog predicted. How much was Alonso sold for? Yet despite that, Benitez was reduced to bargain basement shopping to sign a back up centre back; Upson, it seems, was beyond the club's means.
But the fact that Rafa Don Quixote Benitez sees a centre back as his priority amazes me. Tell me, how are Liverpool going to win games if Gerrard and Torres get injured? Two defeats already, and the tilt at the title is over before it has even started.
Well there's always the consolation of winning the Champions League I suppose. This Liverpool team? Against Real Madrid or Barcelona? No chance! If Carlsberg did football teams, Liverpool would still have Alonso.
This could be the year of change as I said last week. Arsenal are vulnerable once the weather turns colder, the Mancs aren't what they were and Liverpool's underbelly has already been exposed. The door to the top 4 party is open for the likes of Tottenham and Man City and I fully expect one or both to gatecrash this season. If that happens, watch the chaos that will ensue at the club that misses out!
Posted by Hammersfan at 08:22