After all the excitement of the transfer window and a strong preseason campaign, we really blew it at Anfield! What was always going to be a tough opener was made even more challenging by some truly awful officiating - with Liverpool's 2nd and 3rd goals clearly off side. But 4-0 didnt really flatter an impressive Reds side, while we rarely threatened.
VERYWESTHAM watched the game from Boston - early morning on terrestrial tv added to the surreal sense, while the game had that early season low intensity that made for the feeling that we weren't trying hard enough! In all honesty, we looked off the pace across the team leaving Mr Pellegrini with plenty to think about.
In midfueld in particular we looked short of the required pace. Its been a concern of VWH that although Wikshere is a pleasing addition, can he really play alongside Noble without being over run by pacey midfield opposition?. Even worse, Decky Rice was well off form. Its great to hear him in the media talking about his attitude to havibg a bad performance - he really is a rock of sense and seems to be future captain material.
Out wide, Antonio was all over the shop. On form, he can be unmarkable due to his direct aggressive style, but when its isnt going for him he looks Chumpionship quality. One wonders what January will bring and if he has the first touch that posession-hungry Pellegrini sides require?
At the back, we were disorganised and rattled by awful offside calls. Pellegrini likes to defend with a high line but against the lace up front that Pool have and with a lineman who was shy with his flag, it was a recipe for disaster.
So, Bournemouth today. VWH have been in Clarksdale, Mississippi all week and have gotten to understand how to rejoice in the blues! Today, we will be watching from Nashville and hoping that we will have left the blues behind.
If not, away at Arsenal is not an ideal place to look for salvation but lets see how Pellegrini's troops react to last week first. Bournemouth are a solid side who outmanouvred us last season. We have a lot more quality now, but it may take more time to gel into results. Either way, this one will be fascinating!