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Liverpool 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

The Reds slumped to a deserved home loss against Wolves in a game where the Reds looked useless at best and completely devoid of tactics. Once the Reds went behind as well you just saw no way back for the side and the boo's at full time were deafening from those that managed to last the ninety.

Getting to the ground I'd heard the team news and a midfield of Lucas, Meireles, Gerrard and Kuyt was completely baffling to me - who was playing were? That continued throughout the game as well as we became narrower and narrower in our play with neither full back really going forward with any conviction. This was a side full of confusion as to what to do, looking scared to play football and in some cases just not wanting to knuckle down and work.

The Reds attacked the Anny road end in the first half and the game was started after a minute's applause for two Anfield greats. Avi Cohen died so young in a motorbike accident whilst Bill Jones passed away peacefully a couple of days ago.

From the start Meireles went right midfield and Kuyt to the left but we were so narrow so early. Wolves set themselves up well and pressed high up the pitch to stop us playing from the back and Roy or the players had no plan B to counter this. Speed and width was an obvious one but hey I'm no manager of 35 years.

That said the Reds did have the first chance and it could have set the game very differently. Meireles was fed in the box by Torres but after managing to reach the ball could only hit his shot against the Wolves keeper who was out fast and the chance went.

There was just no flow about the Reds at all against a side who have one away draw and losses this season and came in to the game bottom of the league. We're only a few points off the relegation zone ourselves again.

For all the play on the pitch neither keeper was under pressure at all. Wolves were working very hard and showed odd signs of creating stuff whereas we didn't and the crowd were left very quiet by the stuff in front of them.

David Ngog managed a rare shot on target in the first half but the keeper would have had to run out of the way for it to go in - at least Ngog was trying to make something out of that ball lumped at him - Torres got no supply nor did he look at all interested in trying to create something either.

I did think we were unlucky not to get a penalty in the first half when Kyrgiakos was hauled down in front of the ref who decided to play on. That all meant a 0-0 half time score and surely now a half time team talk to wake the players up a bit. The one spark near the end of the half was actually when Gerrard went right mid and Meireles moved inside. We showed a little pace and got forward suddenly - so we switched it back again for the second half and wasted Meireles again.

The second half was much worse because Wolves realised that if they stuck to their task then they might even get something for their efforts.

The Reds had an early attack which broke down and just eleven minutes in to the half we were stunned by a Wolves goal. Stephen Hunt got through the two centre backs to a ball before poking the ball past Reina and Glen Johnson had no chance of getting back in time to stop the ball. It was deserved by Wolves I have to say.

The big worry now was we don't come back from conceding first anymore and goals after seventy five minutes are all but non-existent.

I'd love to make this match report like a fairy-tale now and mention that tactical genius rubbing his chin in the technical area but actually he just rubbed his chin and thought about to say after the game clearly.

The first throw of the dice came when Ryan Babel was sent on in place of Ngog and that was jeered by the Kop. The young French lad was working hard up front but I guess a change of some form had to be made - it was just the wrong one. All the problems were through the midfield not up top.

The Reds started to get really jittery in the game and it went from keeper to striker. Reina lost the ability to pass to a team mate, Johnson looked scared to attack, Konchesky was himself and the midfielders were all wandering everywhere. Lucas was doing well but sadly all his efforts were stopping Wolves and not the other way.

The second and third changes saw Cole replace Meireles and this pushed Gerrard wide. Then came Aurelio for Konchesky which was greeted by a cheer. I don't think his mum will have been amused but ultimately he ain't good enough.

Anyway the changes worked wonders as we continued to be woeful and even throwing Kyrgiakos up front for the final minutes made no difference. The officials even made it worse by adding four minutes extra. Two different periods chanting Dalglish went round the ground and Roy must have heard them this time but he's clearly thick skinned.

For those left at the full time whistle they voiced their opinion to everyone there with booing. At the end of the day this is about the whole club - manager and players have to take responsibility here and get the club out of this. A new manager would probably help - one with tactics this time who understands the club and gets on the fans side. Roy is too distant a man for me and I actually thought back in the summer that he would be ok. He was always described as the bloke to steady the ship but I think by staying he's making it rock more.

Are the players really still behind him and the coaching staff? You have to wonder with some of the performances as a whole but we still own too many players who simply are not good enough for Liverpool Football Club but they are expensive to get rid of - coming out of a boom time in football isn't easy when the club structure hasn't been run well. Contracts worth thousands every week for long durations aren't easy to get out of and this needs a full scale root and branch clear out not just a stop gap to steady the ship.

Another home game to follow but a different year - perhaps 2011 will be so much better than 2010 - can it be worse?

MotM : Lucas - worked hard for the side just sadly all his efforts were helping the defence and not the strikers.

Liverpool 25 Reina, 2 Johnson, 16 Kyrgiakos, 37 Skrtel, 3 Konchesky (6 Aurelio 73), 18 Kuyt, 8 Gerrard, 21 Lucas, 4 Meireles (10 Cole 73), 9 Torres, 24 Ngog (19 Babel 62)
Unused Subs 1 Jones, 5 Agger, 17 Maxi, 28 Poulsen
Bookings Johnson (76)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Home-Red
Manager Roy Hodgson

Wolverhampton Wanderers
13 Hennessey, 23 Zubar, 5 Stearman, 16 Berra, 3 Elokobi, 32 Foley, 20 Milijas, 12 Hunt, 17 Jarvis (4 Edwards 89), 11 Ward (10 Fletcher 78), 9 Ebanks-Blake
Unused Subs 1 Hahnemann, 14 Jones, 19 Bent, 25 Mejangi Bia, 39 Batth
Goal(s) Ward (56)
Booking Elokobi (31)
Red Cards
Shirt Worn Gold
Manager Mick McCarthy

Referee Peter Walton    
Att 41614
Venue Anfield
Kick Off Wednesday - 20:00:00
Date 2010-12-29 
HT/FT DL   (0-0)/0-1
Goal Sequence (Liverpool first) 0-1
Match shown Live on SKY Sports
Competition Premiership  

Match Stats

Liverpool   Wolverhampton Wanderers
56% Possession 44%
3 Shots On Target 2
4 Shots Off Target 4
0 Blocked Shots 0
2 Corners 8
8 Fouls 11
5 Offsides 4
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0

Opposition form summary coming in to the match


Average Age of Starting Line-up - 27.5

Position at Start of match day - 12 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 20

League Stats at end of match day

PWDLFAGDPtsPts to topPos
186 482123-2221612

Match Programme

Programme Price 3

Match number 29 of the season

Domestic Match number 19 of the season

Premiership Match number 18 of the season

Premiership Match number 714 of all time

League Match number 4238 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)

Top Flight League Match number 3810 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)

Match number 5233 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)

Match number 97 against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Home Match number 47 against Wolverhampton Wanderers

League Match number 91 against Wolverhampton Wanderers

League Home Match number 46 against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Premiership Match number 5 against Wolverhampton Wanderers

Premiership Home Match number 3 against Wolverhampton Wanderers