Liverpool Message Board
A big consideration is that next year is World Cup year. So, players fighting for a place in the team are not going to sit around on the bench. So, some may decide to move on.
I am not sure changing a manager will help.
Somehow, the players just do not have a mean streak in them. It is in the collective psyche of the players.
A team who comes back often from a goal down will believe it can be done. One who does not, start to doubt themselves when they go behind. It is a vicious cycle. The longer it goes on, the greater the doubt.
How many times did we come from behind to win a game? Maybe once this year, against WHU.
I think it is almost expected that if you are knocked off balance in the penalt box, you hope for a penalty. Though in this case, I was surprised that it was given since it looked like a normal physical challenge. I think it should be the referee that we question and not Suarez.
Having said that, I do find him selfless in his place. Without a reputed striker with him, he will feel oblige to take shot from all angles because he does not seem to have faith in others. Sometimes that is just wasteful.
I notice that every time the players and manager go on record and talk up our chances of top 4, or when we were expected to win easily, we will slip up. Very frustrating. It is almost up the team cannot live up to its own expectation or that the favourite tag is too heavy around the neck.
Sigh. Look forward to next season. This one is done.
Totally agree with you. I said in another thread that this team hardly come from behind to win, capable of losing a good lead, hardly score a late winner, capable of the most unlikely results against the bottom team (recent Villa results make me wonder why we can lose to them?), can hardly get 3 points from any team above us (that's why we are below them).
It is going to be tough struggle. We don't have anyone on the pitch who can rally the rest and shout at each other.
This team is mentally weak I think. How often have they turn a result around, how often how they allow opponent to come back, how often have they fail to win matches when on paper, they have more quality? All in all, it is disappointing. Sigh