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Wheels to fall off Liverpool charge

Dejected Liverpool players after yesterdays defeat (©GettyImages)
Dejected Liverpool players after yesterdays defeat (©GettyImages).

Nobody can deny that Liverpool have had a fine start to the season, they have played some beautiful football and have had the results to match.

However, yesterdays 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal could prove to be a turning point as traits of previous seasons started to find their way back into the Reds' play. A win yesterday would have left Brendan Rodgers' men top of the table and looking confident- but all of a sudden they could find themselves down in fourth before the weekend is out.

On paper it isn't a result to be ashamed of, after all, Arsenal have been the team to beat- they are finally looking capable of ending their goal drought and at home they have looked a dominant force.

What may concern the fans of the Anfield outfit is their inaccuracy in front of goal, they had as many shots as their opponents and had similar possession stats against a side renowned for their style of keeping the ball.

There was another time when Liverpool used to keep the ball well, have many shots but fall short in getting the ball in the back of the net- last season.

The signing of Daniel Sturridge last January and his partnership with Luis Suarez which is now nicknamed 'SAS' (Sturridge/Suarez) looked to have solved that issue.The 12 goals in four games for the Merseysiders provided evidence of that.

Therefore with two players in such form you would have expected at least one to bury the chances they were presented with. The fact that they didn't is of great concern.

The next five games are bound to be extremely interesting. Of the five, they face Fulham, Hull City, Norwich City and West Ham United. All of which you would expect them to win.

Although it was precisely these sorts of games that often frustrated the Reds the most last season, especially at Anfield.

The blanks fired at The Emirates Stadium may have knocked confidence at just the wrong moment as you would expect the four teams that I mentioned to set up with a defensive style to purposely frustrate Suarez and Sturridge.

If things don't go to plan in front of goal they then face an extremely difficult period of games against Tottenham Hotspurs, Chelsea and Manchester City- who are likely to test the defense more which presents another, more widespread, issue:

After an impressive start to his Anfield career, Simon Mignolet is now without a clean sheet in eight attempts- goal-shy sides like Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland have found the net. If that run continues you've potentially got major problems to sort.

Liverpool are in danger of being cut adrift by the more consistent teams by 2014.

Rodgers' is facing an extremely important week to try and get a positive reaction from the Arsenal defeat- the sky's the limit if he pulls it off but I'm not so sure it will be an easy task.

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