AS if results weren’t bad enough, Liverpool have now started to lose their discipline. What we saw at Newcastle on Sunday is that all the pressure and frustration of recent results is getting to them.
With Everton climbing above us in the table and then Pepe Reina getting banned for the semi-final, it was a double bonus for the Blues.
Reina is one of the best keepers in the world and losing him for three games, including the trip to Wembley, is a massive blow.
You just can’t get away with what he did. He gave the referee the opportunity to send him off.
We know what players are like these days and for James Perch to go down clutching his face was a joke.
When I was playing going down was a sign of weakness. But now it’s all about doing anything to try to gain an advantage. Faking injury just seems to have become accepted.
With Reina out, we’ll see what Alexander Doni can do. He has been waiting a long time for an opportunity and now he’s got one.
Before Reina saw red, there was indiscipline from Andy Carroll. He knows his every move will be scrutinised and he gave people more ammunition to have a pop at him with his angry reaction to being substituted.
You can’t behave like that and he shouldn’t have done it. The manager has to fine him for that.
It’s another problem for Kenny Dalglish to deal with.
What I will say is that I think it was a mistake taking Carroll off. Having taken so much stick off the Newcastle fans to then be substituted was humiliating for him and he snapped.
That situation could have been avoided by keeping him on until the end.