Someone Told Me Long Ago (There’s a Calm Before the Storm)

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There isn’t going to be too much going on this Tuesday. Sure, we’re on our way to Ewood Park to face Blackburn, but I wouldn’t expect a whole lot. Blackburn are coming off three losses, Liverpool haven’t won in four, and neither side has done anything of note in front of net in quite some time. A flat 1-1 draw at the end of December saw Maxi Rodriguez cancel out a Charlie Adam own goal as the story of the season, chances but no conversion, was hitting the halfway mark. Both Blackburn boss Steve Kean and Liverpool gaffer Kenny Dalglish have come in for criticism from all quarters for their under performing sides, and if we’re going to base this match off either of their previous ones, a dramatic turn around won’t be coming anytime soon.

Relegation threatened Blackburn was stomped 3-0 by West Bromwich Albion and Liverpool, continuing to under-perform against the weaker sides, were held to yet another home draw when Aston Villa held on for a precious point at Anfield. The Reds have developed a disturbing habit of shutting down after going behind, and although there’s little danger of Blackburn taking the lead, getting an early goal through the likes of Yakubu and then hanging on for dear life will be their best chance of snatching up the points.

While we may have looked pathetic after conceding, Liverpool came back to life near the end of the second half with both Jonjo Shelvey and Jordan Henderson putting in outstanding performances. The inclusion of the youngsters continues to be divisive among sections of the Red mobs, but there are a number of ways to look at things. Their long passing in particular came in handy and even though they were criticized for “playing it safe”, retaining possession while still moving the ball are both essential factors in the pass and move style we’re always trying to live up to.

With an eye to the weekend and the FA Cup semi-final against Everton, this could be a perfect opportunity for some of the fringe players to get a run out. Pepe Reina is still suspended, so Alexander Doni is nailed on to start. Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard should both be rested, and Andy Carroll could move into the frame for a starting place against a weak Blackburn defense. Rovers have conceded 67 times this year and their porous backline looked particularly susceptible on corners and free kicks. The big man has been less than prolific since his much criticized move from Newcastle, but this could be a excellent opportunity to show what he’s made of.

If anything, we should look to avoid and injuries of suspensions ahead of the weekend match. The side grew in confidence by leaps and bounds with Daniel Agger making a brief, although very influential, cameo last time out. It’s unlikely that the Dane will be ready for a starting place on Tuesday, but another short run out could see him ready for the weekend. The Reds have looked shaky at the back since Agger was injured in the Carling Cup final, and the shouts for the inclusion of Sebastian Coates over the waning Jamie Carragher have grown louder. If Dalglish does play squad players, Coates has to be included.

There’s only pride left for to play for, but Steve Kean will look to get whatever he can to stave off the drop. We may not be expecting too much from this match, but I still hope we don’t give him anything at all. Lowered expectations are one thing and there’s a thin line between being a supporter and being realistic; I know where I draw my line and it’s right here.

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-steven.

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Steven McMillan

Can’t find up from down or tell black from white, but doesn’t care cause it’s all Red to him. When he’s not pissing and moaning about all things Liverpool, he’s chatting nonsense with his multiple personalities — or his “entourage” as he likes to call them.

  • Urnar

    Someone once told me that it is not King, but Queen Kenny. The rest as they say is just pathetic history.

  • CSD

    Y U NO BE NICE?!?

  • GM

    It truly amazes me how delusional some fans can be…. why can’t fans take a step into reality and look at what is in front of them??… why is it so hard to accept that Dalglish is past it?? It happens… in all walks of life and in every industry and profession… this pathological need to believe that what was once a top manager is now an incompetent, bordering on senile,  git! Deal with it and lets move on…. this obsession with living in the past is destroying the club and the lemmings that are sticking to supporting this clown are responsible… he is NOT bigger than the club .. so get over it! FIRE DALGLISH NOW! 

  • Ken

    what a prick

  • flauvio

    Reality is that LFC have won 1 cup and are going to Wembley this coming w/e … at least that’s my reality but I don’t inhabit the same dimension as you do where negativity and short-term views are mixed with a FIFA 2012 armchair knowledge of the game to produce a never ending flow of rubbish being spewed all over our team and club. I take great pride in never letting the boys walk alone …. YNWA in case you’ve forgotten

  • Gano1

    I was in the Annie Rd end!!!, 2nd half was good and the long passing was excellent. On a big pitch like Wembley that is vital, Agger, Bellamy and Johnson will be fit for the semi. Our pace out wide should be a big bonus, we always deliver against the bitters so leave out the big players at Blackburn and put kids in!!!….

  • Gano1

    The manc invaders are here!!!!

  • CSD

    Yeah, let’s change the whole regime and system the week of a cup semi-final, that’s a brilliant plan. Did you steal that one from a sheikh or a Russian oligarch? 

  • no more excuses

    We have more excuses than the rest of the Football clubs put together – Kenny is on his last week if he loses to Everton and that is how it should be

  • manci panci

    Man U will not allow ANYONE to pass comments on their website that is Negative – bit like referees at OLD TRAFFORD – what a shit club they are

  • rooney wanted City

    Shame Wayne Rooney was bullied by 200 fans ouyside his house  from signing for City

  • Martin Badger

    The great Rod Laver said “Never change a winning game but always change a losing one.” Our game is very definitely a losing one. Do you really want to stay with it?” Frankly, though, I don’t think it makes any difference who plays and who doesn’t or what system is used – I don’t see a very lame, very poor, very dispirited Liverpool beating Everton. The Toffees to win and then lose at Wembley in the final would be a logical prediction.

  • shah

    may i know singger of the song

  • DaveWestAus

    Because it’s true !!!

  • i do believe the prospect of domestic cup double is enough to keep the ship on course for the time being…
    shaking things up now would do more damage than good.

    what comes in the summer, comes in the summer. no one is bigger than the club, players, managers, owners, whatever. for now, the King is in the charge and it’s the King i’ll support.

  • 2 cups? that works for me. YNWA

  • wow. that’s just sad…