Despite a change in ownership that removed the long shadows of Tom Hicks and George Gillette from Anfield, Liverpool Football Club suffered it’s most damning defeat of the season on Sunday afternoon at Goodison Park. The 2-0 loss at the hands of the club’s closest rival drops LFC to 19th in the Premier League table, and the relegation scrap is well and truly on for the once proud club. As I mentioned previously, all hands are needed on deck to turn this thing around, especially from the supporters. Now is no time for quarrel, as captain Steven Gerrard and vice captain Jamie Carragher have reportedly had a bust-up with star striker Fernando Torres for his lack of effort.
Rod Hodgson is very much on the chopping block, and it is even more apparent following Sunday’s result at Goodison that quality is needed all over the pitch. Frankly, what disappoints me the most is that Everton has far better young players than Liverpool. Hodgson’s men looked old and tired, while Seamus Coleman bombed up and down the right side for David Moyes and put Liverpool to the sword by assisting on Tim Cahill’s opening goal. The Aussie aside, Mikel Arteta and Yakubu were immense, while Leon Osman proved his worth once again. Jack Rodwell, Everton’s best young player, did not even feature for the Toffees. Things are looking dire indeed across Stanley Park.
Liverpool should take a page from Everton’s playbook. The Reds need to make the most of the best resources available and not insert flailing foreign talent into a derby that is not for the faint of heart. Liverpool showed no grit on Sunday, a trait that has been lost all season. Change is on the way under New England Sports Ventures, but the pressing question is will it matter? By the time the January transfer window roles around Liverpool could still be in the drop zone. Any chance of snatching Craig Bellamy away from Cardiff?