If someone had asked me at the start of this season what our targets should be I would have said top 4 and a trophy and I would be more than happy. Well the trophy’s in the bag and a second is very possible. However, fourth position is a long way off, and doesn’t seem to be getting any closer as the season goes on. So what has gone so well in the cups that hasn’t gone so well in the league. In the Carling Cup we were given far from an easy passage to claim the trophy but we did it and apart from the semi and the final we came through quite comfortably.
In the league, however, I struggle to think of a game where I have been totally 100% confident that we were going to come away from the match with the three points home or away and being a Liverpool supporter that’s a feeling that doesn’t sit right.
At the beginning of the season I believed we had the squad to tackle a domestic league and two domestic cups, no matter what suspensions or injuries were thrown our way. How naive I was, with long term injuries and suspensions to players like Johnson, Kelly, Agger, Gerrard, Lucas and Suarez, we have struggled, which tells me that confidence I had in our squad, was confidence best described as misplaced.
When looking back at the previous summer, two questions need asking, why did we spend double million pound figures on a young potential England international to then largely play him out of position, to the detriment of not only him and his confidence but to the team?
And secondly why was another striker not brought in with the knowledge that Andy Carroll was coming back from a long term injury, and Dirk Kuyt was coming into decline in his Liverpool career?
Two losses to two teams in the relegation positions have got fans and journalists alike sharpening their knives and it seems a split is appearing that is all to familiar for LFC…should Kenny stay, or should Kenny go? I am 100% behind Kenny but he has to hold his hands up and admit to himself there are things he needs to change. If Henderson isn’t playing central he shouldn’t be starting, Carroll needs more games, and the timing of when he’s being dropped has at times been baffling to say the least.
The now customary phrase, “this summer is a huge one for us”, may never be more important for LFC and Kenny Dalglish, the same mistakes cannot be made again, the departures and arrivals have to be spot on, or Kenny could be one of the departures.
So blind faith or blind optimism…well i was guilty of the latter, I’m hoping and praying my faith isn’t so blind.