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Pressure mounts on Benitez as Liverpool fall to 3-1 defeat at the hands of Villa

August 24, 2009
Pepe Reina looks on as Lucas puts one in his own net

Pepe Reina looks on as Lucas puts one in his own net

I’ll keep this short and simple.

Liverpool only lost twice in the entirety of last season, but with only 3 games gone in the 09/10 season, Rafa’s boys already find themselves with 2 defeats against their name.

Villa turned up at Anfield today having lost their first and only PL game of the season, a home tie v Wigan, but they showed no signs of that against a sloppy Liverpool side. An open first half ended with Villa 2-0 up, after Lucas slotted one past his own ‘keeper, before Curtis Davies headed home just before the whistle. Fernando Torres netted for the Reds with 20 minutes to go, but hopes of a comeback were short lived as Steven Gerrard brought down Nigel Reo-Coker in the box, allowing Ashley Young to slot home from the spot.

The match ended with boos from the Liverpool fans, clearly frustrated at another defeat in a game that they really should have won. Pressure continues to grow on Rafa Benitez who has failed to bring home the PL trophy in the 5 years he’s been at Anfield. A squad that lacks depth, unstable owners, and a whole lot of question marks surround the Spaniard, and if the team don’t start winning soon, the door could well be open for Rafa to pack his bags and leave.

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 11:00 pm

    Countdown til Adios, Rafa. Wagers?

  2. George permalink
    August 24, 2009 11:02 pm

    Our next two games are Bolton (A) and Burnley (H). If we don’t get 6 points there, he’s out.

  3. George permalink
    August 24, 2009 11:03 pm

    Well maybe that’s jumping the gun a little, but we need to start winning. 6 points in those two games are a must, but we can ill-afford to drop too many points this year.

    • Hush permalink
      August 24, 2009 11:28 pm

      I can see Liverpool having a season like the Arsenal had last year. Maybe Aqualani(?) can add some creativity to the midfield. Haven’t got a good word to say about Lucas…

  4. Petar permalink
    August 25, 2009 5:35 am

    I think all you Liverpool fans should be looking over your shoulder at Man City and Villa this season for that fourth spot :P
    But seriously I know how it is from last season…it isn’t fun lol
    Eventually the class should show at the end of the season though but with City in the mix this time it could be interesting.

  5. August 25, 2009 8:41 am

    Well done the Villa! As a Villa fan I didn’t expect this at all, but I may have jinxed Liverpool by putting them in a mid-week accumulator…

  6. Red Devil permalink
    August 25, 2009 10:38 am

    Haha, will be rooting for burnley to add another big four scalp for the Liverpool Match =)

  7. August 25, 2009 2:49 pm

    Burnley beat a rather good Liverpool side not too long ago with about the same group of players. I think Pool better watch out for a repeat.

    Stats time: Did you know that this is the first time Torres has scored in a EPL game which Liverpool lost? That’s quite an amazing streak!

  8. George permalink
    August 25, 2009 3:25 pm

    Yeah but look at the Liverpool team that day.
    Dudek, Hyypia, Nunez, Warnock, Traore, Sinama-Pongolle, Biscan, Raven, Welsh, Potter, Whitbread, Baros, Mellor, Smyth, Harrison, Otsemobor.

    None of those players play for Liverpool anymore. But Burnley shouldn’t be taken for granted.

  9. davidbirl permalink
    August 26, 2009 10:12 pm

    We are slow starters under Rafa so no real cause for alarm yet.
    This was simply ‘one of those nights’- Lucas heading into his own goal, not taking our chances in the first half, conceeding a poxy goal on half time-and then Torres’ goal and subsequent fightback-being quenched by Gerrard’s tackle.
    Gerrard opted out of a 40/60 tackle-the crowd got on his back so he tries to make amends by recklessly tackling Reo-Coker.

    Liverpool were sloppy and there are concerns about the lack of depth in the squad. And lack of motivation it seems. Let’s see what happens from here…

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