By Mark Finlay
Looking back on yesterday’s 3-0 loss at Old Trafford to Manchester United Liverpool fans were given false hope as the Reds started the game at 100 miles per-hour chasing down every ball and almost scoring but for some brilliant saves by David De Gea.
It did not last though when Wayne Rooney sent the ball flying past Brad Jones when he hit first time Antonio Valencia’s cross into the back of the net to give United the lead against the run of play.
The Red Devils second goal was devastating and almost moral bursting for Liverpool as the clearly offside Juan Mata headed RVP’s flick on in to put United two up.
In an attempt to change things Rodgers brought on Mario Balotelli for the second half, yet the young Italian looked as though he was out there playing for himself rather than the team taking shots from anywhere he managed to get the ball.
After the match Rodgers commented on how Liverpool were the better team in the first half and how they had more possession than United, yet the result speaks for itself another loss to compound the worst start the club has had in 50 years.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard could not wait to get out of Old Trafford quick enough writes Neil Ashton in the Daily Mail who goes on to say that Wednesdays Capital One Cup trip to Championship leaders Bournemouth will not be an easy game either with the south coast team fancying their chances after putting five goals past Cardiff City at the weekend.
Then the following weekend it is Arsenal at Anfield, a team the Reds beat 5-1 last season yet this time around it is almost sure to be another story.
Apparently things got worse after Liverpool failed to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions league with players blaming each other. One of the obvious problems that we can see is the way the players communicate with each other on the field with fullbacks Alberto Moreno and Javier Manquillo speaking to each other in Spanish a language Croat, Dejan Lovren does not understand.
Alan Pardew had the dame problem at Newcastle with his French speaking players, yet insisted they only communicate in English when training or playing football.
Things just do not seem right at Liverpool and I am starting to get the sneaking feeling that if the losses continue it could be the kind of Christmas present Brendan Rodgers is not expecting as these American owners expected results from the £107 million Rodgers spent in the summer and not a dysfunctional mob that the team looks like today.