Liverpool Manager, Brendan Rodgers came out in his pre-match interviews to admit that he was at fault in his team selection in the embarrassing defeat to Oldham last Sunday.
He said repeatedly:
“I take the blame.”
“I picked the team and it wasn’t equipped to beat Oldham, so I take the blame.”
Starting with Coates, who had only played twice all season and Skrtel who is a competent if a little limited defender then playing rookies at full-back in Robinson and Wisdom, who is a center-back, was a tactical error.
Don’t get me wrong, all four defenders are good players but playing them all together was a mistake in an FA Cup tie.
Playing Joe Allen and Jordan Henderson as a midfield two was a strange one as well, surely Lucas Leiva should have been started to bolster up the midfield.
However, that game was finally put to bed with a good performance at the Emirates.
We were solid, strong, resilient and very unlucky not to win against Arsenal.
When Henderson scored to make it 2-0, I was praying for the final whistle, alas Arsenal thundered back to draw 2-2.
Still, a point at Arsenal is always a good result, so I will take it.