Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United each, similar to Roberto Soldado in the area, see a huge chance go begging.
They gave up the chance to make Liverpool pay for losing to West Ham on Saturday by seemingly trying to trump the Red’s poor performance with a worse one; Tottenham lost at home to West Brom 1-0 and United lost on the road to Leicester City 5-3.
Liverpool are mired in a run of poor performances all season, bar the shellacking of Spurs at White Hart Lane. Subtract that variable from the equation and Liverpool may very well be in full on panic mode.
Thankfully for Steven Gerrard and company, Spurs and United were nearly as putrid this weekend. Tottenham losing at home to West Brom for Spurs fans is somewhere between discovering a parking ticket and having your car towed on the disappointment barometer.
James Morrison scored the lone goal as Spurs were out shot by the Baggies 10-7 despite Mauricio Pochettino's side dominating possession 63%-37%.
United at least have Angel Di Maria’s golazo and about 62 minutes of exuberant yet hallucinatory affirmations of “we’re back baby! We’re gonna win the league baby!”
United reined back in
Then reality struck. United’s 3-1 lead vaporized and four goals poured into David de Gea’s net from newly promoted Leicester City. That’s not all too shocking considering outgoing longtime defensive stalwarts Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra were replaced with Marcos Rojo and more than £100million in attacking reinforcements.
The Red Devils will rue missing this opportunity to pick up points on Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers’ side seemed feeble and frantic against Big Sam Allardyce’s Hammers. Liverpool couldn't handle Upton Park but they have a trip to the Bernabeu looming in about two months, just a reminder.
There are always positives to find in every situation, however. Raheem Sterling showed it doesn't matter how poorly his team is performing, he’ll still show. The ever volatile Mario Balotelli wasn't so volatile when confronted by West Ham keeper Adrian while putting in a shift defensively and showing flashes of his match winning qualities. Also, Adam Lallana put together a commendable 45 minute cameo.
After five games it’s not yet calamity for any of the three mentioned teams. With 33 matches left they are not in real peril of catastrophe, but the agony must stop and three points at each chance will become more and more necessary.