Yep, I watched without crowd effects tonight purposely to listen how vocal our players were.
And well, they weren't very vocal at all as far as I could make out. Supporting the notion there's not enough leadership on the pitch.
A lot has been said about our form since before xmas and it doesn't seem to be just one thing.
We dont seem to be able to impose our style of play on games.
As a team we're not able to change formation and tactics successfully.
On the occasions we do up intensity, we look better, but it's too little, too late.
Rodgers has been too slow in tactical changes, and he really doesn't seemed to have grasped the concept of the 5 subs.
Maddison is really struggling (not least with his set pieces) but you have to bear in mind he's still in just his second season in the top flight. He's had all the distractions with Man Utd transfer talk and the England (non) selections. He's also had his positional change this season from a 10 to an 8. He's convinced himself but it dooes appear to have reduced his effectiveness in attack.
Tielemans is a great player with fantastic vision, but has struggled at times, caught out or in possession. He's always looked a little one-paced but teams seemed to have worked that out and press him successfully.
When Vardy is isolated up front he isn't able to contribute much at all, and we've still not found a partner or replacement.
We've never replaced Mahrez, and still need someone with some magic in attack to cut in, and go past people. Barnes can do it, and others, but (so far) not so consistently.
This has been emphasized now we're missing Ricardo who's arrival in the box created an overload and consequently assists and goals.
Despite all this, in fits and bursts we can still turn it on. We're still a young team s
gaining experience, but it is a worry that the intensity is lacking all too often.
I wonder if it's more mental, or attitude, rather than fitness? Given the history of our team, and particularly the leadership group, you do wonder if there is anything
in the background we're not privy to that may have affected this?
Hopefully not, and it's just the players confidence that needs a boost? And that's where it comes back to leadership on the pitch, being more vocal and able to motivate players to up their intensity.