Liverpool Manager Brendan Rodgers is beginning to feel the heat under his collar as his new look Liverpool team fail to drive home the goals they did so mercilessly in last season’s Premier League campaign.
The form of strikers Mario Balotelli, Fabio Borini, and Ricky Lambert has been more than well below par and has meant that Liverpool had scored the same amount of goals as Sunday’s opponents, Crystal Palace, heading into the clash: a mere 14.
Added to their dismal attacking prowess, Liverpool has failed defensively. In eleven Premier League encounters the Reds have conceded an unacceptable 18 goals, the same as 18th placed Leicester City.
It is incredible to see that in just a few months Liverpool have dropped to such a standard that we now have to compare them to Leicester or Palace, with no disrespect. The way Liverpool dominated and stroke terror to defences all of last season was a pleasure to watch.
Even the most sceptical 'Reds-hater' admired the way Raheem Sterling linked up with Philippe Coutinho, who would caressingly lay off the ball to an irrepressible pair of strikers in Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, who would finish with intent.
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The question most Reds fans will be asking is how one player’s absence can cause so much disturbance in the current form of play; a form of play that has seen the Reds lie in a disappointing 11th place?
The medium term future also does not look bright for Rodgers as the news of Daniel Sturridge being out of action for another six weeks after aggravating his thigh injury in midweek practise begins to haunt him and many associated with the Merseyside club.
In addition, Liverpool captain and club legend Steven Gerrard seems to be disgruntled and fed with the rough rollercoaster that is Liverpool and it seems that he may be open to offers abroad sooner rather than never.
The news that Divock Origi is likely to stay loaned out to French 1 side Lille is also another big frustration to fans who were hoping for Rodgers to recall him back earlier than first signed for.
No Relief In Sight
Liverpool needed to improve drastically, and Selhurst Park on Sunday against a tight and compact Palace side was the place they should have done it. They could not, however, and the 3-1 defeat left Rodgers opens to more questions regarding his future, as it looks increasingly like he is unable to find a way to lift the malaise at Anfield.