Liverpool looked ready to capitalise on their morale boosting victory over Chelsea on Sunday by taking that form into the early stages of last night’s game with Wigan. A typical Fernando Torres goal had the Merseysiders in front as Liverpool looked set to continue their recent revival. However, they werenable to build on their early goal and eventually succumbed to a deserved Hugo Rodallega equaliser which handed Wigan a point.
Roy Hodgson was understandably disappointed after the game. “I thought that there was an awful lot of sloppy passes and play that I don’t expect from the quality of players we have,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “If I’m kind I’ll put it down to fatigue,” he said, having named the same team which beat Chelsea. “If I’m not I’ll put it down to a bit of lack of concentration.”
Gerrard accepts blame.
Steven Gerrard told Liverpool’s official website that he felt partly responsible for Liverpool surrendering their 1-0 lead over Wigan to eventually draw. His attempted one-two with Paul Konchesky relinquished possession and allowed Wigan to counter-attack for their equaliser. Liverpool’s talismanic captain also felt he should have converted his chance which hit the crossbar late on – a chance which if taken would have earned Liverpool a fourth consecutive victory.
“I tried to play a one-two that, if it had come off, could have been a good move,” he said. “You don’t expect it to lead to a goal but, when it does, you have to take responsibility.”
Comolli rates Payet.
Liverpool’s recently appointed sporting director Damien Comolli has done little to quell speculation that one player who will be arriving in January is St. Etienne’s talented forward Dimitri Payet. Payet has eight goals from his first 12 games this season and has led a mini-revival at Stade Geoffrey Guichard, leading to Comolli’s praise.
“On a natural class level Dimitri is stronger than a player like Modric (who) I saw very closely at Tottenham,” he told Skysports.com. Comolli, as former director of sport at St. Etienne and director of football at White Hart Lane is in a perfect position to compare the two and his comments are likely to increase the rumours that Payet will be arriving on Merseyside in January.