Jamie is getting worried
The blows just keep coming for Liverpool following their tepid defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace yesterday, and one of the hardest body blows has come from former defender Jamie Carragher.
The Reds legend, now a pundit on Sky Sports, was unabashed in his criticism of his former side following their capitulation at Selhurst Park yesterday — even going so far to admit that he’s getting very worried about them. “Luis Suarez has gone, so what? There’s no leadership on the pitch. As a Liverpool fan which I am – I don’t care about being neutral on TV – when you’re watching your own team, the worst thing you can ever think is they’re being bullied and weak” blasted the former defender. “That’s what we’ve seen today from Liverpool and it’s not the first time. It’s being going on all season and we’re saying ‘oh, new players getting time to adjust’. I’m not a big believer in that.”
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By the time Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak curled in a spectacularly struck free-kick to well and truly put the game out of Liverpool’s reach, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers looked nothing short of shell shocked. There’s no question that he’s under real pressure now following the Reds fourth defeat on the trot, and though it may seem a bit daft to do so, he’s ready to shoulder the blame.
The lowlights. Again.
It’s a comedy of errors, but no one, bar the rest of the league, is laughing as Liverpool continue their winless streak with a gutless performance against Premier League basement dwellers Crystal Palace.
Well, they were in the basement, anyway. The Eagles weathered an early storm to pull level through Dwight Gayle after Rickie Lambert scored his first goal for the Reds within the opening two minutes. The poor decision making of the visitors will be one of the main talking points to come out of the second half as a pair of blunders handed Palace two goals in four minutes to all but seal the win. Three points for Neil Warnock’s side bumps the Croydon club to within touching distance of 12th place where the the Reds, whose problems continue the multiply, currently rest their heads.
Mario to make way?
With the news that Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge would be on ice for at least another six weeks with a recurrence of his long-standing thigh problem, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he’s going to have to shake things up in order to find a winning formula for the Anfield outfit.
It’s a startling fact that Liverpool don’t have a striker on the books — the injured Sturridge aside — that has found the net in the league. Mario Balotelli has failed to adapt as a lone striker, Fabio Borini has been more of an after-thought than a serious option and Rickie Lambert hasn’t been given an nearly enough of an opportunity to justify being handed the iconic Number Nine shirt. Apparently, that’s about to change.
That doesnt look like Croyden
Although there has been no official confirmation from the club at this early hour, it’s widely expected that Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli will miss the Reds clash with Crystal Palace later today.
The striker, who was pictured at the ECHO Arena last night taking in the Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverley, picked up a groin injury while training with the Italian national team over the recent international break and, it would appear, he’s failed to recover in time. While the 24-year old hasn’t exactly been lighting up the Premier League since returning to England from AC Milan near the end of the transfer window, he’s made sure that Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers selection headache won’t be going away anytime soon.