Mental attitude key to banishing Liverpool’s half measures
Liverpool FC's half measures were evident again last weekend.
When you are 3-0 up so early on, it’s understandable they slackened off a bit against Crystal Palace.
But there’s no doubt something is slightly awry.
I’d be surprised if it was anything to do with fitness.
These days, players are tested for everything by medics, analysts and nutritionists.
Liverpool will know what state the players are in.
Instead, I think it’s more an issue of mental attitude and concentration. There have been too many games this season where Liverpool have found themselves under unnecessary pressure during the closing stages of a match.
Premier League managers these days tend to bide their time before making substitutions in the final half-hour of a match, and are happy to throw the kitchen sink at teams if they are behind.
The law of averages suggest Liverpool can’t hang on in every match, so Brendan Rodgers will want to get into the minds of his players.
The partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge shows further promise, but it’s a bit early to compare them to Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.
If they end this season with 20 goals each, then maybe they are on their way.
Sturridge is losing his selfish streak when others are in a better position for a pass, while my appreciation of Suarez has only increased on his return.
He has come back, been put in a different position and just got on with it and been just as good as before.