Moscow, Russia: On a Russian battlefield, sodden and churned into mud, with a cold Siberian easterly wind blowing Brendan Rogers' Liverpool 'ground' to defeat. There was no Liverpool red army marching on Moscow, instead it was more like the boy scouts succumbing to the Russian winter.
Military and sporting experts couldn't help but wonder how, and why, Liverpool FC had come to this desperate defeat. So bereft of numbers Brendan Rogers' Liverpool had to experiment with thirty players in Europe, most from the club's kindergarten unit/division. The failure served only to underline how much more work needs to be done to replenish the depleted squad.
The £100,000 a week Joe Cole Basher, became a drowned kitten given an extra soaking, but after 77 unconvincing minutes, it confirmed a possible delicate financial negotiation out of Anfieldgrad!
To see just how far Brendan Rogers' Liverpool have fallen compared to the Liverpool of twenty or so years ago, must be making Shankley turn in his grave. From being a top dog to mid table, would todays squad get into the old Liverpool reserve team let, alone the first team squad? Truly desperate, for a red blooded Liverpool supporter, just when you think it can't get any worse, Brendan Rogers' Liverpool plumbs new depths! Brendan Rogers' Liverpool are not bad....... they are really bad!
Brendan Rogers' Liverpool defeat at the gates of Moscow, was not so much against the run of play. In fact there had been no run of play at that point of defeat, but it ensured that Liverpool were to leave the Russian capital with more than a chill, with the Commander Rodgers, forced to ditch the smothering tactics and catch the next flight home!