To be honest, I don't blame the blue noses for playing the way they did, it's up to us to find solutions to that and we didn't. Although we've improved against physical teams, we're still not good enough to physically boss teams. Diame - yes! Sissoko - yes!
I agree 100% that we can't afford to be Scrooge this summer - we need to spend some serious dosh, because my fear is if we don't make the CL next summer, players will be off and we won't attract players and we're down the plug-hole forever.
Secondly Coutinho is looking some buy. His vision is exceptional.
Otherwise I'd say we always struggle against teams that play with a bit of grit. Fine if we go ahead early otherwise it's a bit of a war of attrition. We get a little too deep and leave our lone striker very isolated.
A few thoughts on that.
1. we need to squeeze up a bit. That's tough when you haven't got the muscle in the middle. Enter my call for a midfield general who can dominate in those tight spaces. They'll soon bck off then.
2. A striker who can hold the ball up maybe but that still means you're playing too deep for my liking.
3. To me it's the midfield again. Too often crosses or long diagonals were seeking out Sturridge and absolutely no chance in finding him. Ball was coming from too deep or people weren't up with him.