As soon as Claudio Ranieri got the sack almost every Liverpool supporter instantly thought to themselves ” oh no”.
We all knew it was coming yet we spent the whole week trying to convince ourselves and anyone who would listen that we would be ready for the imminent battle.
The squad went to La Manga for warm weather training and bonding. We will be fine, we are fresh, rested and after coming off a good win against Spurs.
Well someone better explain just what the hell did go on out in sunny La Manga.
I remember seeing alot of pictures in the media of lads on bikes and posing and selfies.
This Liverpool team got kicked and battered off the ball and the pitch by a relegation threatened team tonight and lost 3-1 in the process.
Jamie Vardy scored 2 of his trademark goals and Danny Drinkwater smashed in the other goal from all of 25 yards almost ripping a hole in the net.
Vardy was at it from the start, as was the whole Leicester team. They wanted it. Vardy got himself on Lucas all night long and tortured him.
His first goal was an easy finish past Mignolet after being set through from a ball that split Lucas and Matip far too easily. His second a header from 4 yards out when he out jumped Emre Can inthe second half.
Lucas will get all the blame for the first goal but in my opinion Joël Matip was awful and was marking no one, he should have been over to cover the danger. Matip was so poor tonight it was hard to believe.
James Milner was awful also. A few weeks ago I wrote an article on him and his contribution to the team etc etc. I wish I could delete it now, so bad was he tonight.
Simon Mignolet was our only player that looked to be alive at all. He made a number of saves and was reduced to having to come off his line 30 to 40 yards to deny Vardy the clear chances time after time.
Up front in the first half Mané, Lallana, Couthino and Firmino were disgraceful.
Not much better in second half, even though Couthino managed to pull one back beating the goalkeeper with a low volley.
Lallana and Mané were both taken off and replaced by Alberto Moreno and Divock Origi on 65 minutes.
Ben Woodburn was introduced also. These were our changes to make. Such is our lack of squad depth.
Emre Can was awful most of the night apart from making the clever run and pass for Couthino to score his goal.
The second half seen a change to a back three also. Some say to give us more width and to push full backs on.
I believe Klopp changed it to a back three simply because the two that were there in the centre of defence in the first half were unable to defend against Vardy and the simple long balls and straight runs.
The move of Emre Can back there in the second half was to help the other two out.
Lucas is playing out of position as is James Milner but Joël Matip was not.
Why has he been so poor lately? He didn’t help cover his partner once tonight even when he was free to do so. Looks like he helped hang Lucas out to me.
And why is Jürgen Klopp still playing Lucas back there when he has Joe Gomez and Ragnar Klavan to come in?
I did say it before this squad are far too quick to talk to media after a good game and build themselves up.
We seen that in La Manga. Again.
That type of performance can’t be accepted under any circumstances by anybody at the club including the he manager.
So in the next few weeks we have Arsenal, Everton and Man City to play.
I have to say here and now this team won’t finish in the top four this season or maybe won’t even finish in Europa League positions either.
We are slipping badly now and even atmdfter two weeks off we can’t stop it.
Bollocks to La Manga the graveyard of our season.
Written by @StephenKing75