Reactions to the whupping from the Spurs:
Liverpool’s modus operandi was revealed when Babel got the nod over both Benayoun and Riera (who didn’t even make the squad). The team would set out in the standard 4-2-3-1 and look to counter-attack with pace, allowing the home side more possession in the hopes of unlocking the defense on the break. Needless to say, it didn’t work in the slightest.
It was the same fixture that Liverpool lost their first Premier League game last season – also a 2-1 defeat. Only last season it was in November and was a game we really should have won. But yesterday’s perormance felt like we were still in pre-season mode.
The close season represented a massive opportunity for the Reds to strengthen in key areas to ensure they had the depth of talent needed to last the pace. One look at Liverpool’s bench at White Hart Lane told you everything you need to know about whether that chance has been seized upon.