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Put the big stick away and hold your hands up!

Liverpool 4 Irons 1

There are times when you simply have to hold up your hands, pay credit to the opposition and move on – tonight is one of those times.

Liverpool are in another world to West Ham United right now but no doubt there will be those who will use the defeat at Anfield as a stick to beat everybody they believe is responsible.

I’d sooner accept what always seemed inevitable and look forward to grabbing far more likely survival points over the remainder of the season starting at Swansea next weekend.

We dropped just one place a point behind Brighton who did us a turn in bursting the Swansea new manager bubble and pushing them back into the bottom three.

West Brom of course remain rock bottom and a point for Stoke City did little to help their cause in the relegation places.

I saw nothing today which has shifted my season-long view that we will be staying up. At times we did okay but I’m beginning to understand why all my sources have told me that the boss wants to strengthen big time at the back.

The continuing absence of a fit Winston Reid is telling us so much and although James Collins did okay for periods it’s clear he is not the future!

The same can be said of Zaba whilst Oggy is often nervous and uncertain.

Cheik Kouyate’s grafting and, at long last, real pace from sub Michail Antonio, leading to a very decent goal, were encouraging and I still believe we have enough about is to get over the line sometime in April.

There was always an inevitability about this match so this is no time for heads to drop.


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7 comments on “Put the big stick away and hold your hands up!

  1. Agreed.Big ask to get anything today against such a potent attack,and it was good in the 1st half.Personally i had earmarked the vital win against Watford a fortnight ago as more important plus the games coming up against Swansea and two at home against Burnley and Southampton which would almost have us safe.As you say not much lost position or points wise as other results have been favourable.West Brom and Stoke look doomed and Palace have a crippling set of fixtures on top of loads of injuries.Our top players are all coming back now so we have done well to stay where we are.Quietly confident with Moyes at the helm.

    • Agreed with all that. I also am confident with Moyes at the helm.

    • Great assessment. When we have £75m to spend on a defender, perhaps we will be in a position to compete as well. This was like measuring a Focus RS against a Ferrari, and other teams will fare far worse against Liverpool this season. Pack it away and move onto next week, boys! COYI

  2. “Brighton who did us a turn”. How can you seriously say this when their win took them above us on points and better goal difference?.
    A draw would still have left both teams below us

    • He can say that because he’s allowed to have an opinion. Chill out.

      Incidentally, it’s an opinion I share.

  3. Lets hope that Brightons win has knocked some of the stuffing out of Swansea who have been on a good run.Lanzini will be fitter next week and Arnie is always dangerous.Expect us to hit them on the break and pick up 3 points next week.Hard to make comparisons today.Another side with money to burn shown in the fact that Van Dijk cost them more than our entire starting 11 as stated by Mr Buddy Lurve.

  4. Ogbonna has a right to be nervous doesn’t he with Collins and cresswell either side of him ?
    He’s been head and shoulders above team mates in defence ! Until the defense is addressed
    And the midfield in the summer no result is guaranteed from now until the end of the season!
    I think we will be OK but nothing is nailed on is it ! You don’t need a stick to beat them today
    basil its been obvious for 2 seasons now ! It needs a shake up !! 😉

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