Liverpool fans have begun the painstaking post-mortem of a dismal performance against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.
After an unsuccessful journey to the Britannia Stadium, the Reds ventured further south to White Hart Lane, but fell well short of the mark, losing 4 – 0 to the north Londoners.
But Nicholas Impzz Phua wasn't even sure if it was Kenny Dalglish's team he was seeing.
Phua said: “It wasn't even Liverpool I saw playing against Spurs. They looked so vulnerable. Where's the Liverpool I once knew? Haven't seen the real Reds for years.
“What's the hype about Carroll? He's cumbersome and slow - looks like he was going for a slow morning jog.”
Olawale Pereira was perhaps even more damning about the 22-year-old: “Andy Carroll should be loaned to Wigan Athletic.”
Thomas Cooney said: “Complete rubbish today! Andy Carroll makes peter crouch look like Usain Bolt - he has no pace at all!”
But Stuart Munds rushed to the defence of the most expensive English player ever. He said: “For the Carroll haters, give him a chance. He's very young with a huge price tag, he will come good. Great talent needs time to gel.”
Next on the Kopites' list was Charlie Adam, who received a red card for a rash challenge on Scott Parker.
Kevin Ley said: “Charlie Adam is looking a dodgy signing in central midfield as he has no pace - he only looks OK with the ball but he is terrible without it.
“Hopefully Stevie G will return this week to replace Adam to solve the problem.”
Thomas Cooney thought Adam was “second rate”, but two female supporters were trying to keep the peace and asked for an end to the criticism.
Karen Sharman said: “Guys can you all please stop the negativity on here. Yes we have had a bad couple of games but we need to get behind the team and support them not slag them off. Let's all try to remain positive.
“Of course we are going to encounter setbacks but that is all part and parcel. Stevie G is back soon and things should change.
Ashlin Adams said: “Let's not moan, we lost together. Don't bad mouth the team! You can't always just win and some of you guys are forgetting that we are building a team – we can't be the best over night, it takes time be patient.”
But Jo Turner disagreed with the lenient approach. He said: “Just because we are saying how bad they are doesn't mean we're not true fans. Maybe if people stopped pussy footing around these players they will start performing!”
Pete O'Sullivan agreed: “These players are heroes worshipped to the hilt, more so when it goes well, they have to take the criticism and react positively when things go wrong.
“All these guys on here saying stop moaning should go away and support someone else. Free speech remember. If someone spends their hard earned cash they are entitled to voice their opinion - or aren't they?”
Others blamed referee Mike Jones, who handed out seven yellow cards and two red cards during the fierce battle between the top flight rivals.
Bill Turner simply thought the “ref was a joke”. Graham Smith added: “Diabolical refereeing performance, a yellow card for any Liverpool tackle. We will come back and destroy all comers, have faith!”
Ronald James Joseph Allen disagreed, suggesting that Jones was forced into sending off Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam. He said: “Doing stupid tackles like that gave the ref no choice. If we want to win we need all 11 men on the field.”
Steve Hassey agreed: “We need to stop blaming the ref. He had a good game today and we let our heads drop and showed a lack of discipline on the pitch. The two who got sent off let the team down nobody else.”
Sebastian Aryana was afraid that Liverpool would suffer against one of the Manchester clubs, currently lying in first and second position.
Damien McElligott elucidated: “The difference between us and Man Utd. is consistency. Every game we play is a maybe win, no matter who we're playing against, but when Man Utd play you know they'll win.”
Meanwhile poor old Zeinkoan Chiangoe Elvis added: “I was left heart broken because of this defeat.”
You'll probably find Zeinkoan crying at the “Heartbreak Hotel”, probably “all shook up” by the poor performance.
Reds fans will be hoping for a little less conversation and a little more action the next time Dalglish's side take to the pitch.
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