This weekend's Merseyside derby is make or break for Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.
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Bad run of form
In the run up to the derby, Liverpool have been struggling to get the results expected from fans.
The first of these was against Aston Villa, which they lost 1-0. Despite Villa scoring just 9 minutes into the match, the Reds were unable to come up with a reply to Agbonlahor’s goal. In this game Liverpool only recorded a disappointing one shot on target.
Liverpool then went on to lose a second Premier League game in a row and their third of the season. This was a 3-1 loss to West Ham.
Once again, like in the Aston Villa game, Liverpool were on the back foot early on. Goals from Winston Reid and Diafra Sakho put the Merseyside club on the back foot early on.
It had looked like Liverpool were back in the game after Raheem Sterling scored just before the break. However Italian striker Mario Balotelli was unable to score his first Premier League goal for Liverpool.
Both these results coupled with scraping past Middlesborough in the Capital One Cup on penalties have left fans worried about where Liverpool will end up at the end of this season.
The Merseyside derby
This weekend’s Merseyside derby is therefore a make or break game for both Liverpool boos Brendan Rodgers and his team.
In the same fixture last year, Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners in front of their home fans at Anfield.
With the injured Daniel Sturridge not available for the game, Liverpool will need players like Mario Balotelli and Raheem Sterling to step up their game.
Liverpool can use the game to prove to their fans that they have the squad depth to deal with the strains of the Premier League and the Champions League and prove that the unpredictable results will end.