Exeter – Liverpool: Shame on us!
Today we had an irregular game. We saw everything that can possibly happen in a football game. We have seen huge mistakes and crazy blocks from our goalie, the Enrique – Ilori defensive duo, youngsters from our side, old and bad players from Exeter, and a pitch in terrible conditions. It is never nice to blame a loss on the condition of the pitch but whoever watched the game can tell that the pitch was more for a destruction derby.
Our team stepped on the pitch with a never seen starting eleven and never seen players. Kent, who was just recalled from loan, started and performed well. The other ‘new’ name was Tiago Ilori, who was signed by Liverpool back in the Rodgers’ era and he just played his first ever game in a Liverpool shirt. Teixera and Smith, our two most talented youngsters, also started. A Liverpool record was broke, because 5 (!!!!!) players had their debut at the same time, and at the final whistle the average age was 22,49.
We should spend a minute of our time to remember Jose Enrique. We all know his story; he came 6 years ago under Kenny, as our first option on the left wing, then Rodgers transformed him to a power winger. Till his injury he played on his position regularly. He always had great attitude and fought till the last minute. But something has changed in his mind since his injury; he stayed at the club knowing that he won’t play more than 2-3 games a season. The most beautiful part of the story is that he actually said it in an interview that he doesn’t want to go anywhere else where he has to fight for his position, and he wouldn’t get paid as much as at Liverpool. At least our ‘hero’ tells the truth. Additionally, he is a piece of crap as a defender.
Everything looked nice in the first half; we tried to play spectacular and offensive football. We just tried because it was impossible to play on a pitch like this. We conceded a goal after the (usual) mistake of our mid-defenders and than equalized after a ‘beautiful’ play. Benteke got the ball in the box and they tackled him just perfectly. Even the home team was so surprised after this regular tackle that they forgot to kick the ball away; Sturridge came and simply passed the ball into the goal. I still don’t understand why Sinclair was written on the back of his shirt but I guess it is just a usual mistake of our beloved team.
As the game continued, at the same time an information was leaked on Twitter about our future signings (Gotze and Aubameyang – lets hope for at least on of them). While all the true Liverpool fans were trying to find out more about these rumors, Exeter had a big chance to score. Thank God Ribeiro, the Jamie Lannister look-alike missed it.
Unfortunately the guys couldn’t survive it till the half time without makin another huge mistake. My fellow countryman got a second chance after his mistake 2 weeks ago and he just couldn’t make it right. Moreover, he made an even bigger mistake than 2 weeks ago. Just to make sure that we all understand how serious these mistakes were; Klopp recalled Ward from loan because “we need a stable backup goalie” – as he said it. It just doesn’t sound right to us, Hungarians. Finally we had a player who made it to a real top team, where he got the chance to show up that he can be at least a perfect backup goalie, but he isn’t. It is interesting why he couldn’t perform at the right time but I guess he just couldn’t handle the pressure. “If you can’t handle the pressure on this level, than you don’t belong to this level.”
Michael Jackson used to be the honorary president in Exeter, this why I started with the Moonwalk metaphor. By moonwalk I mean that with this draw in Exeter we have to play another game. We take some steps forward because we likely go through to the next round in the FA Cup. However, if we see the big picture we are walking backwards because of the amount of extra games we have to play in a situation, when literally half of the team is injured. Take a look at our fixture in the upcoming weeks:
13th Jan – Arsenal (H)
17th Jan – Manchester United (H)
19/20th Jan – Exeter (FA Cup, second leg H)
23rd Jan – Norwich (A)
26th Jan – Stoke City (Capital One Cup H)
30/31st Jan – FA Cup fourth round
After the crowded December, an even more crowded January follows up. If I want to be positive, it is a good chance for the youngsters to get more into action (especially in the cups) and hopefully we will see some good performances we can build on in the future. I hope these guys will play the second leg also, WITHOUT Enrique.
Based on the previous years, it is known that the more games we play in the cups (so basically the further we go) the less chance we have to finish in the top4 of the competition to earn one of the Champions League spots. I totally agree with Klopp that he didn’t start any of our base players to risk that our healthy players get injured on this low quality pitch and played with the youngsters instead. I believe it was a good performance from the guys; we didn’t win because this team has never played in this formation with these players before. Of course, the mistake of Adam didn’t help either.