I know its after the horse has bolted. But I do believe you need proven performers in any given position. We had Lucas on the bench. We could have gone Lucas, Masch and Alonso in the middle, Kuyt up top and played Stevie at Right Back. Its where he started, where he covered in the CL final 2005, and Alan Hansen for one reckons Stevie G would still be the best player on the park at right back, never mind he's better central.
Its all irrelevant anyway. If Kuyt/El Zhar and co could have finished any one of the situations Stevie created in the 1st half hour, we'd have been home and hosed anyway!