Liverpool fans have been weighing in with their say on the defeat to Oldham, with one even calling 'Bring back Dalglish'. Another has criticised manager Brendan Rodgers tactics as the 'principal reason' the Reds lost to the League One strugglers.
Have a read of this post and let us know if you agree...
Dale Derrivale wrote:
BR (Brendan Rodgers) is wrong here, his tactics I'm afraid were the principal reason why we lost the game. He has to be more flexible in his approach and accept that 433 is not always the best way in certain games.
Against Stoke City, a few weeks back, he should have selected Coates in a 352 formation, as it was obvious even to my mum how Stoke were going to approach the game.
We got battered 3-1 and it was worrying that BR hadn't simply referred back to last season, where we knocked Stoke out of both cup competitions, it would have been wise to look at the approach taken in these games, because it would have been the same approach that should have been taken yesterday.
Coates put in a worrying performance, he has the height, but lacks the physical strength and had no spring in his leap which would have prevented the first goal and led to him being beaten to headers on several occasions.
However, I'm pretty certain this was a mental problem, he looked uninterested. Sterling was poor, but it would be sad if this were Jack Robinson's last game for the first team, at his age, he has time, but again it was a seriously disjointed performance, with incredibly bad decision making.
Playing 433 simply allowed Oldham more of the ball which constantly invited them to hump it into the box. When we were behind, we really did not threaten and in the end despite the introduction of Gerrard, Oldham won comfortably and deserved it.
When their was a melee after Simpson left his boot in on Jones (which led to him getting booked), I was pleasantly surprised to see the players literally fighting to defend their own, I was left believing, great they're up for this game, how wrong I was.
BR mentioned there would be hiccups, on occasions like this he needs to learn fast and prepare the team with rather more savvy that was the case yesterday.
What do you think - Do Rodgers tactics need greater flexibility?
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