ANYONE who has watched football for long enough will have seen a fair few stinkers. But I can honestly say that Wednesday night’s match against Utrecht was probably the worst game of European football I’ve ever seen us play in.
It was dire from start to finish, with just a shot from Jovanovic in the first half which hit the bar and a near miss from Joe Cole the only things that happened of any real note.
I know it was a dead rubber but we are Liverpool Football Club with a rich and proud history. We should not be letting teams like them come here and get away with such a lifeless, easy draw.
And that’s not to mention the fans who at least expect to see energy, desire and in a game where there’s nothing to lose, a hell of a lot more adventure than that.
It was a terrific gesture to let so many youngsters in for free but what will they have made of it? I think we all know the answer. There were 40,000 fans in total present - and they must all have felt let down.
What made it even more puzzling to see us labouring to put passes together was that a few days earlier we’d lost at Newcastle and the manager, we’re told, had given the players a right dressing down.
OK. Most involved in that match were dropped but no one seemed to respond or rise up and take their big chance to impress.
On top of all that there was the debacle over Fernando Torres. First he was playing, then he wasn’t and then the manager is having to apologise to fans and the media for misleading them.
It hasn’t been a good week for Roy Hodgson; yet again he has got many fans criticising him.
He’s got to get this team playing better and more consistently so too. Because people are not stupid - especially Liverpool fans who support one of the top clubs in the world.
They deserve and demand better than they’ve been getting this season- including in a dead rubber against a team like Utrecht.