Liverpool shock loss to Wigan

2010-03-09 00:52

London - Liverpool's Champions League aspirations suffered a serious blow with a shock 1-0 loss away to Wigan Athletic on Monday.

Hugo Rodallega's close range strike 10 minutes before halftime punished Liverpool for a ragged display and left the Anfield club in sixth place on 48 points, a point behind Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.

Liverpool, who need to claw their way up to fourth place at the end of the season to stand a chance of returning to the Champions League, have played a game more than Spurs and two more than City.

Aston Villa, three points behind Liverpool but with three games in hand, are also threatening. Wigan climbed two places to 14th with 28 points.

The only piece of positive news for Liverpool was the return of England defender Glen Johnson, missing since December after suffering a knee injury against Aston Villa.


  • Liverfool - 2010-03-09 07:10

    LOL! Seems Pool will be fighting for a top 8 finish! Poor sods! So much promise this season but at the end of the day you going to get f-all! Even with terrible Gerard and Batty Boy Torres, Pool could not beat Wigan. LOL again!

  • YNWA - 2010-03-09 07:29

    We need a new coach, we need a new gameplan, and we need some new a new attitude, bring on Mourinho.

  • ShAyA - 2010-03-09 07:41

    If this is the best we can do then f#ck it, we don't deserve a spot next season in the champions league. For a team that showed so much promise at the end of last season and building on it, we have gone backwards.

  • umtat - 2010-03-09 07:44

    what ??? fire rafa now or i am giving up my membership, this is so not on , losing to wigan.

  • arbee - 2010-03-09 07:51

    this is a good result

  • arbee - 2010-03-09 07:53

    liverpool sucks!!!!!!!!! they should be fined for their poor performance

  • Tito - 2010-03-09 08:08

    Benitez must F*&^ OFF!!!

  • toffee - 2010-03-09 08:41

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ah aha ah aha ha ha ah ah ah ahaha ha ah aha ha ha ha ah ah ah aha haha ha ah bloddy hell what a game oh and ha

  • Up the pool - 2010-03-09 08:46

    The best thing for Rapha to do is put this season behind us and concentrate on keeeping our key players at Anfield however next season we need to get rid of Rapha and his side kick Lucas.Most teams start with they strong team go ahead and then bring on they weaker players not Liverpool or not Rapha he loves chasing the game.well yet another disappointment but we Liverpool supporters have come to expect nothing less from with great hopes for this season after last years finish it just brought more disappointment.Liverpool will be great in du time just not this year and maybe not next years

  • TRUE Red - 2010-03-09 08:53

    I'm not one to jump on the "it's the manager" bandwagon but last night was 110% Rafa's fault - your best defender (Agger) is out injured. So is the next best option (Skrtel). So Rafa PLEASE tell us WTF were you thinking playing so many good player's (Masch, Stevie G, Kuyt, Benayoun, etc) OUT OF POSITION ?! Before the game started, when i saw the starting formation, i was PI$$#D - my Utd supporting wife didn't understand why until I explained to her we were going to lose with what he had done last night. The mind boggles ! Kuyt made a mistake, but the goal was not only his fault. Credit to Wigan, they played brilliant counter attacking footie & DESERVED the win. Why start with a huge gamble, away from home, and then bring on the likes of Aquilani & Babel AFTER you are down 1-0 ? Why not START with the strongest team & formation ? The mind boggles ! Play like last night, and forget about CL footie next season. Hell, we'll be lucky to qualify for the Europa League (Uefa Cup) next season playing like that ! 9 games left guy's - win them all & pray this crazy season affects City, Spurs & Villa as well ! Last year, exactly this week, we beat Real Madrid 4-0 in the CL. This year, we are losing to Wigan ...

  • rico - 2010-03-09 09:06

    pls dont ever fire this manager........bye torres bye gerrard enjoy next season in Spain!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Shaheen - 2010-03-09 09:07

    There's not even a point in starting some banter this morning, because Liverpool fans will find it hard to disagree with the majority of flack that'll be put in their faces after this defeat to Wigan. So much promise last season chasing United to the penultimate match, so much attacking play (forced because of the situation I might add), and this season Rafa went back to the "drawing board", and devised a conservative strategy based on shape, structure and over elaborated formations, instead of continuing where they left off last season, attacking! Sorry guys, no "wind'em up" comments from me this morning... Won't add to your misery, this coming from a United fan.

  • TRUE Red - 2010-03-09 09:12

    we can hope & pray can't we ? "Benitez had finally seen enough of Lucas and dragged the Brazilian off to replace him with Johnson."

  • Malcolm - 2010-03-09 09:27

    I support Man United, but unlike many of my fellow supporters I actually like Liverpool. It's Arsenal and Chelsea who I hate. At the start of the season I was hoping that the top 2 at the end of the season would be Man U and Liverpool (in that order of course) so it has been disappointing to see them so far off the pace, especially with the talent at Rafa's disposal. To all Liverpool supporters just remember these things happen but your team will bounce back and they will be right up there where they should be. They might not be performing well but they are still a damn good side, and as a Man U supporter I'll be very wary of them when the 2 teams meet soon. Chin up Reds fans- your team will bounce back.

  • Big K - 2010-03-09 09:35

    Sorry Guys, tough luck, @ TrueRed, i saw the line up and said the same! Watched the 1st half and decided not to watch anymore!! There's always next season!! That litie Radallega is a beauty of a left wing!! Well played Wigan!!I dont Think Stevie G will leave, he doesnt chase after money!!

  • The Devil - 2010-03-09 09:52

    I am a united fan, but last night i felt sorry for you Liverpool folk. Your team is far from the power house it used to be, and the inspiration is gone. Gerrard and Torres didnt look like they wanted to play last night to be honest. They were playing training ground soccer, giving the ball away constantly. If United were playing that way i would be upset too. I dont understand Rafa's strategy, i try to see the brilliance but its not there. Insua Battled for pace last night, so did Carragher, Gerrard seemed rushed, Torres was hating the pitch last night, Lucas Irritates even me, Benhayoun seemed "lost" and sorry to say, Maxi is average. Rafa is killing Pool, and its sad for UNited fans to see. Its almost like Krang killing Shredder. Splinter is standing there going "WTF?"

  • gaza - 2010-03-09 10:58

    gerrard may not chase money, but he is too good a player not to win any silverware... rafa needs to go, he cant inspire the players anymore...

  • Carlsberg - 2010-03-09 11:30

    @ Shaheen, Malcolm & The Devil - Appreciate your decent comments, the "Splinter" thing actually made me lmao! Unfortunately our team deserves to be slated right now, we simply haven't been anywhere near the mark this season. I think the key players are fed up, they want Rafa out and if we don't get 4th (which looks likely) then at least that'll happen. I'm not making excuses for last night, it just seems to me like the motivation is there when we play United or Everton (because on a personal level the players don't wanna lose those matches) but otherwise its as if they could care less... And Rafa, for all his strange tactics, selection and transfers, cannot inspire his side and for that reason alone should not be at Anfield next season.

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-03-09 12:45

    I have said it before and I will say it again - Benitez's shortcomings as a top class manager and tactician have finally been exposed ! This Liverpool team under him has no passion or guts - RAFA MUST GO !!! Even the die hard Benitez fans must now pull their heads out of their arses and admit that he is garbage - and is busy destroying LFC ! Wonder what f#@&%k excuses he is going to spew out to the press now ??????????? What he has cost the club up till now in possible CL and other cup final pay days we could of spent on paying him out on his contract, and bringing in Mourinho !! What a f&^$#g prize bloated dooooos!!!! Benitez do the honourable thing and pi$$ off - and take wanker (your bum chum) Lucas with you !!!!

  • Mario - 2010-03-09 12:49

    I use to be a hard core Liverpool fan...but unlike most teams that maybe take 5 years to make a come back it has been 20 years now since they last won the league...I don’t care if you stay up there in the top it and maybe then you get your fans back...Ok, so we won the Champions League recently but what since then? I don’t like football that much anymore and If I do watch - I rather watch teams like Chelsea and MU, maybe Arsenal...those are teams with good current form records....please don’t any stupid Liverpool fan try and justify that they have the most of this or won the most of still sit without the one that counts the most and that is now absent for 20 is not the coach...your players are not good enough. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!

  • Chris - 2010-03-09 13:24

    @ Malcolm, I think you are some what confused if I read between the lines you cant make up your mind who you want to support, if there was such a thing as a closet Liverpool supporter you would be a good example I have never in all my years heard of a Man U supporter who likes Liverpool,I suppose it depends in which direction the wind is blowing ,Your a fake! and by the way I am a GOONER! through thick and thin!

  • TRUE Red - 2010-03-09 13:39

    I can't blame the player's for looking uninterested last night because they were played OUT OF POSITION ! Imagine going to job each day not knowing what your boss might ask you to do today. You're a qualified accountant, IT technician, banker, etc but when you come in one morning he asks if you wouldn't mind covering for the secretary or P.A as she is off sick - would YOU be motivated ? You might do it, but I wouldn't expect you to smile about it, and let's face it, they would still do a better job than you in that particular role !

  • Craig - 2010-03-09 14:02

    At Mario, you're a chop.

  • Craig - 2010-03-09 14:07

    @Mario, i really hate people like you, i'm glad that you dont support Liverpool anymore. Glory hunter, i would hate to be associated to the same club that you are. I'm sure even the Man Utd supporters here wouldn't want you to be apart of their club. I bet you're already eyeing that Man City shirt already yeah. You dont support a football team just because they play well, its the passion and commitment that comes with supporting a team you choose. Liverpool may be playing bad atm but they are still one of the greatest teams in the world.

  • Shame - 2010-03-09 14:44

    Wasn't this supposed to be Liverpools season? Oh sorry that was last season...oh no wait, the season before....wait....maybe the season before that.....Aah actually its next season, like every season...again :)

  • Dr Phil - 2010-03-09 15:48

    @Chris, not true what you say....there are many ManU fans that love to watch Liverpool play. Truth is I for one have always enjoyed their style of football. But last night - and the Europa game included - man it was painful watching them play. Something has to be done soon or the club is going to suffer. Hate to say it but it starts with team management...

  • ManUtd4Eva - 2010-03-09 16:17

    @Shaheen, Malcolm, the Devil. Do you need a tissue? Why not help Carlsberg start up a Liverpool Therapy group while you at it. Whats up with the consoling. This is soccer... take no prisoners, If Liverpool was winning EPL and CL, boy would we be getting it... or have you forgotten. Come Liverpool, come to Old Trafford for a thrashing of note!!! Chin up.... my foot!!!

  • Malcolm @ Chris - 2010-03-09 16:34

    Read up on what Dr Phil has to say. I am a huge ManU supporter and win or lose I will always support them. When they play Liverpool I shout for ManU- as a result it wasnt easy watching them beat us twice last season. But I like the way they play, the talent they have and their attitude on the pitch (last night was uncharacteristic though). And I appreciate their rich history. Perhaps you felt the need to address me due to the fact that I hate your sorry team. Well face it- I despise Arsenal. That so called manager is the biggest whinger in world football. And if you're curious as to the origins of diving and cheating in football, look no further than your beloved team Chris.

  • IN RAFA WE TRUST... - 2010-03-09 17:17

    Scousers are reaping the rewards of having faith in the fat spanish waiter. I hope he stays. @ Mario - my friend, as a United fan, I've had to endure years of abuse from Liverpool fans - I grew up watching United finish 4th in the early 80's with great players like John Gidman, Ashley Grimes and Gary Birtles, but I never stopped supporting my team. That's why we are called 'supporters' - through thick and thin. You can't only support them when they are winning! There are a lot of United fans who are not arrogant, glory hunters - Ian Rush and King Kenny are still 2 of my alltime greatest players, and I also thought Robbie Fowler was a god....but we are happy to see Liverpool in this position, simply because we fear them. Now get behind your team and stop being a tosser. LOVE UNITED, HATE GLAZERS!

  • Deon - 2010-03-09 17:35

    Malcom!!!!, You support one team and one team only, or are you a glory seeker, I'm a through and through Manchester United fan been one for 25 years but my Great Uncle Captain Liverpool and even we don't even support them second, We are proud of our family history with the club but we support our team and even my entire family has been United fans their entire lives, we support one team and one team only. So should you!!!!

  • Chris - 2010-03-09 18:22

    @Malcolm, have you noticed in which direction the vote is going on the right hand side of the page? I think that tells a story on its own and I think its a bit rich coming from a man U supporter saying that we are the major culprits in the the diving category afterall Christiano did play for Man U did he not?I also enjoy a good game but I dont sit on the fence! Were you born here?

  • Never Walk Alone - 2010-03-09 21:42

    Dont know why all you supporters are busy bashing each other over your respective teams achievements. Instead of being so pissy with each other, I have a suggestion - lets all stand together and help LFC get rid of Benitez !! Then at least the REAL top four can continue competing with each other on a more fairer basis.We may even allow another team into the elite circle - to make things a bit more interesting. I can guarantee you that if Liverpool fade, then the competition will not have half the historical value if a Man City or Spurs were in the mix - as personally they do not have the staying power or the magical attraction to create the BMT for the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Man U. We all need our teams to perform to their best, to be the catalyst for the others to raise their game. I am afraid while the fat Spanish Waiter is in charge at Liverpool, we are going to continue to under achieve. IN RAFA WE BUST !!!

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