What were West Ham thinking?
Having watched Liverpool take Arsenal apart at the weekend I really can not understand what Javier Mascherano was doing sat on the sidelines at West Ham. He looks to be exactly the type of player the Hammers are crying out for - a ball-winning, hard-grafting quality central midfielder.
He set the tone for Liverpool's victory by flying into an early tackle and winning the ball cleanly, and he didn't stop there. He was a bundle of energy constantly breaking up Arsenal's possession play and also did some good work on the ball. West Ham have no one in their squad of his quality except his fellow Argentinian Carlos Tevez.
I really believe the Hammers should have given Mascherano his head in the first team and sold the under-performers such as Reo-Coker and Ferdinand. It must be said, though, that any squad which has such a lack of quality that Christian Dailly can command a regular place in it will always struggle.
It's not just the player's attitude that has cost West Ham, it is also a lack of quality. They failed to build on their first season with signings of the necessary quality, then when they finally did buy some quality players, in Tevez and Mascherano, the other players went into a sulk.
Better players would have raised their game and fought for their places, instead they seemed to give up and accept they could never compete. They may well be right that they would never be in the same class as the Argies but there is no excuse for a lack of effort. They get paid huge amounts of money, they should go out and earn it. The fans would have got behind them even if they had played badly if they felt the team was trying.