New month, same old Liverpool. Struggling to beat those 'park the bus' teams and failing to capitalise on teams above dropping points. It's frustrating. After the excitement at Upton Park earlier in the season, this was a dour affair. Sam Allardyce's decision to play for the point nullified the attacking talent on show. We played poorly today but credit has to go to West Ham for making us play like that.
However, some of our players must also take a good look at their performances today. Far too many of them reacted with selfish instinct rather than selfless intelligence, the most notable example being a number clumsily attempted back-heels instead of simple passes to a team-mate.
Diame and Collins of West Ham were the stand-out performers today. Coutinho was the shining light for us. We played well in parts but all the possession, control and interplay was undermined by awful play at times from Luis Suarez. While it's hard to criticise him too harshly, today was a shocking performance by anyone's standards. Daniel Sturridge came on to liven up the attack and struggled to really deliver anything of note either.
The defence, after a wobbly time, seem to have sorted most of their problems out and you can't really fault them when they only concede one chance on target. However, the attack was out-manouevred for large parts of the game and didn't take what chances were afforded to them. We're coming up to a critical part of the season which will determine what judgement is passed on Brendan Rodgers' first season. We can't afford to keep letting teams off the hook or we will always flatter to deceive.
We really need to step up to the plate when the weight of expectation is on us – not only when we are free to express ourselves against the top teams – starting with the game against doomed Reading.