Benitez does it yet again!

Last night, two substitutions perfectly sum up the Benitez reign of Liverpool.
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Yossi Benayoun for Albert Riera and Andrea Dossena for Fabio Aurelio
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Now, for anyone who didn’t watch last nights game (I wish I was in that category), these may not seem so bad. I mean you’re replacing a left-winger with a player who is in form and can provide moments of brilliance, albeit after many moments of ineptitude, and a like-for-like replacement of a fullback. You might say, “What’s the problem then?”
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The problem was, we were 2 goals behind at the time and he still would not take off a holding midfielder. Even with a deficit like that he would not venture forward, even a little. It is just not good enough for a team with aspirations of greatness to be totslly bereft of any invention and ambition.
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The last time I can remember so many individuals on a Liverpool playing so badly was when we were annihilated 3-0 by Paris St Germain in1997, prompting the usually mild-mannered Roy Evans to say this, which totally applies to last night:
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"We were poor. We never looked like defending anything. We need to do a bit of soul searching individually because no one did themselves any credit. Nothing functioned tonight. We played the game so slowly, we didn't defend, and we didn't attack. It lacked passion and it lacked pride”
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That was the worst defensive performance I have seen in years, it was like watching Newcastle or West Brom. Carragher has not played that badly for years, Skrtel was all over the place and Aurelio was abysmal. Chelsea were strolling through our defence at will, we looked incapable of defending Drogba, who should have made the scoreline worse on a number of occasions.
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The worst is reserved for the midfield. Lucas was deployed to play alongside Alonso (who was terrible), and he took that literally and was often less than 5 yards away at all times. He must have recently seen Battle Royale 2:Requiem as he played as though his head would explode if he strayed more than 10 yards away from Alonso.
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Now, a prerequisite for defensive midfielders is the defending part, which both Lucas and Alonso failed miserably at. You also expect these players to be able to pass and start attacks, which never happened.
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Is anyone else fed up of seeing a big smile on Lucas’ face after he has sent yet another presentable opportunity into orbit? It’s gone way beyond a joke now; he needs to be removed from the team.
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Kuyt was useless and wasted a great chance to retake the lead. He is not good enough to play up front, he is not good enough to play on the right, and he is just not good enough at all. Riera was disappointing; he got nothing out of Ivanovic and faded away in the second half.
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Gerrard was a non-factor in the game due to the marking of Essien (note to Alonso, Lucas and Benitez; that’s what holding players are meant to do). The only payers to get any credit from this debacle are Reina, who made some good saves, Arbeloa who kept Malouda largely quiet and at least offered something going forward and Torres, who took his goal well and made a nuisance of himself, but was basically facing the entire Chelsea defence by himself.
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Once again zonal marking struck, Benitez and his staff either can’t coach it, or the players can’t do it, either way it can’t go on. Guus Hiddink smugly said, “Liverpool have no marking for corners and we looked to exploit that”, that says it all to me. We look vulnerable from every corner where players move about. Ivanovic scored 2 goals after doing the tiniest modicum of movement, which completely bamboozled Alonso (first goal), then Gerrard (second goal). 48% of our goals conceded have come from corners, so you’d think he must change the marking system. He won’t.
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Chelsea were passing the ball through our spine at will. We were also giving the ball away persistently, which Chelsea capitalised on when yet another mistake allowed Malouda to cross for Drogba to score.
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So we were 2 goals down, we needed something to take to Stamford Bridge. Benayoun was brought on, surely for Lucas? Wrong. Riera was taken off. I want to know why we were defending a 2-goal deficit? Then came the second change, surely Babel coming on to run at Ashley Cole, who looked vulnerable?
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To everyone’s horror, on came Dossena for Aurelio. Now Aurelio was terrible but why replace him with another left back? The stupidity of this decision still amazes me. How would that get us a goal? He’s actually done this before, remember in Athens when we were losing 2-0 and he brought Arbeloa on for Finnan with two minutes to go. The fact we were actually defending a 2 goals deficit appals me. The fact that Dossena was shocking, even by his low standards, was the icing on the cake of Benitez’s idiocy, and we awaited his latest ‘tactical masterstroke’ with dread.
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At least he finally brought Babel on and Lucas off but it was far too late to make any impact. In fact, we didn’t have a shot on target in the second half until injury time. It was a total shambles and Benitez’s tactics were a disgrace.
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I want to know why we had three defenders on the bench? What kind of message does that send out?
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Once again our set pieces were laughable. Why we still let Gerrard take corners is a mystery, they never beat the first man. We are about as threatening as an army of fluffy kittens from corners and if we can’t shoot, free-kicks are a complete waste of time.
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People were saying at least we know we have to go for it. There is more chance of us signing Elvis and Jesus than there is Benitez going for it. Even if he wanted to how could he? We are a long-ball team designed to bore the opposition into a mistake, and hitting on the counter-attack. We have one striker in the squad, one attacking central midfielder, one failed striker failing as a right-winger and a manager whose favourite formation is the testudo.
Chelsea ran riot at Anfield last night and Benitez ran up the white flag. I hope all the fans that clamoured for him to be given a new contract are happy, cause you’ve just bought five more years of boring, defensive, drivel.