Liverpool are worrying after a more than average start to the Premier League season, being very less efficient compared to last season.
Liverpool have so far lost 60 per cent of their Premier League matches with only two wins in five fixtures, and, ok, they sold their best player but re-investing £100 million into the squad should be enough to compensate the loss.
Starting the season with a 2-1 victory to Southampton on home turf was a really good way to launch their Premier League campaign, but things have deteriorated since then and it’s rather frustrating for a team who were that close to win the tittle last year.
Not the team they were
Although scoring a hat-trick and keeping the clean sheet against Tottenham Hotspur away at White Lane earlier this month - which had given a little boost for hopes of another successful season - the Reds are not quite at the required level and it’s time for them to react after already five weeks into the season.
Last weekend, losing 3-1 to West Ham United at Upton Park was very poor from Rodger’s men, and the Irish insisted it was more the team performance that wasn’t good rather than just Steven Gerrard himself.
Yes ‘Stevie’ is currently not at the top of his form and this is surprising, but Rodgers is right. Defensively Liverpool are letting too many goals go in the net with 1.60 goal conceded per game, compared to the League average at 1.43.
But it shouldn’t be as easy as it is to score against this Liverpool side, against the likes of Mamadou Sahko, Dejan Lovren, or Martin Skrtel, and keeper Simon Mignolet should do a lot better though not being the best keeper in England.
For their return to Champions League actions last week, it was not great at all and it was against Bulgarian side Ludogorets, struggling to impose their football at Anfield.
They were lucky to run out 2-1 winners against the new boys that evening after a Steven Gerrard penalty in stoppage time put the score line red again for the Bulgarians.
More to worry
Rodgers may want to rest Gerrard for the Middlesbrough game on Tuesday night, as Liverpool meet with Everton this weekend and ,FC Basel in the Champions League.
Liverpool, moreover, have already entered a injuries concerns period with Philipe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson both ruled out; the pair have picked a groin and hip injury and will be assessed later this week to determine the duration of their recovery period.
The Reds must aim for a big reaction against rivals Everton this weekend but nothing is predictable, as the Toffees are also looking to really get into the season after a poor start.
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