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dsteer....Dave STOKE MANSFIELD OLDHAM not to mention WBA first game of season away these were, all debacles against hard nut battling sides that we thought we could easily overcome with tici taca relentlessly applied...I believe that every manager in The Prem now who has seen those games will be convinced get at Liverpool from kick off and give them a bit of stick especially the players they regard as "a bit soft"...look at the tackle on Joe Allen after 30secs ...and youve got them beat. Whats really worrying is they would probably be right in that assumption.
I'd agree that is what happened in the cup matches and the away fixture at Stoke, but not sure it was the physicality that caused the loss at West Brom.
However it’s a point well taken, but on the other hand, if that is how we've been outplayed in 3 or 4 of the 37 matches (of which we've lost 9 in all competitions) we've played so far this season, why have not more opponents taken the same approach? Is it that they've tried but we've been up to the task? Is that their managers just could not work out what lower division managers can? Or is it that so called ticki tacki actually works more often than not against aggressive tactics if implemented well?
Look, I'm not saying it’s not a weakness in our squad, it obviously is (as it is for most teams who go to the Brittania and fail to get a result), but if we play up to our potential it can be nullified. But the simple truth to me is we did not play anywhere near our best on Sunday.