Essentially it was a warm up game aimed at building up the players fitness and personally I don’t think too much should be read into the lack of cutting edge up front against Pompey.
As Benitzes himself stated after the game, the Liverpool players are still not as fit as he wants them to be and therefore by the time the big kick-off starts the team should have improved in all aspects further (what with more friendlies to come). Furthermore having all these new players coming into the squad added to the manager’s rotation policy Liverpool have not been able to set a rythmn as such.
As a consequence the “loss” today is hardly all too surprising.
In my opinion Rafael Benitez views his best XI as…….
Finnan Carragher Agger Riise
Pennant Gerrard Kewell
…………in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Perhaps playing this team week in week out for the majority of games in the premiership this season may aid Liverpool with their quest to “compete” for the title, but only time will tell and how long it takes for new player to “settle” in.
Do you think Liverpool will compete for the title and to what degree to you appreciate, if at all with allowing a period of time for new players to intergrate with the present players?