Liverpool fans will not be happy with their team and their form is particularly worrying, having lost the last two games: 3-0 against West Ham and 3-1 against Manchester United.
Liverpool have had a slow start to the Premier League, only picking up seven points from their first five games.
They won their first two games 1-0 and then drew 0-0 at the Emirates against Arsenal in their third match. The defensive side of their game was looking strong with three clean sheets in as many games but their weaknesses were revealed when they faced West Ham at Anfield.
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Their build-up play has been quite slow and there has also been a lack of movement and pace in the team. They have struggled to score goals this season and the creative players have failed to provide the chances for their new frontman, Christian Benteke. The team needs to adapt quickly and give Benteke the service he requires or they will continue to struggle on the goals front.
STAR PLAYERS MISSING
Club captain, Jordon Henderson missed Liverpool’s trip to the Emirates, their home defeat to West Ham and the clash against Manchester United, after he sustained an ankle injury in the 1-0 win against Bournemouth.
Henderson is an essential part of the team and without him Liverpool look vulnerable defensively and are less assured when in possession.
Henderson has an excellent passing range and vision, and also plays a vital role defensively too. He has certainly been missed and Liverpool have not won a game since his injury.
Philippe Coutinho also missed the match against Manchester United through suspension, after receiving a harsh red card against West Ham.
He is Liverpool’s main attacking talent and has the pace and flair to cause even the best defenders problems. He was the man for the big occasion last season and regularly stepped up and scored some absolute peaches. He was short listed for the PFA, ‘Player of the season’ but missed out, as Eden Hazard claimed the award.
Liverpool looked lacklustre without the Brazilian and never really threatened United’s back four.
No doubt Liverpool have missed transfer rebel, Raheem Sterling who joined Manchester City this summer for £49 million. Club legend, Steven Gerrard has also been a big miss and would have added some extra class in the middle of the park.
Daniel Sturridge is Liverpool’s forgotten hero in many ways, having not featured since April.
He has had an injury plagued Liverpool career but has already proven to be a real handful when fit. He is a deadly finisher and has scored 35 goals in 55 appearances for the club, which is a very impressive tally.
Sturridge is now back training and Brendan Rodgers has said: “He looked really sharp, probably the best he's looked fitness-wise for 18 months.”
The manager and fans will want him back as soon as possible given Liverpool’s struggles of late.
Sturridge will be like a new player for Liverpool and will surely give the team morale a boost when he returns. He will bring goals and excitement back to Anfield and if he can form a similar strike partnership with Christian Benteke as he had with Luis Suarez, Liverpool will be a force to be reckoned with.
THE PRESSURE ON BRENDAN RODGERS
Rodgers’ position was under scrutiny last season as Liverpool finished 6th in the table. Performances were hot and cold and the formation, as well as personnel, were continually altered as Rodgers tried to find a winning formula.
He didn’t quite manage to get it tactically right last season but the board were willing to give him another chance, given Liverpool’s amazing 2013/14 Premier League campaign where they finished second and were so close to winning the title.
Last season was always going to be difficult after star man, Luis Suarez left for Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge was side-lined with injury for most of it. There was an influx of new talent brought into the club and it was always going to be a challenge for these new players to gel and adapt to the fast-paced Premier League.
Liverpool look to have done some better business this time around but still look weak in midfield after club legend, Steven Gerrard’s departure. With Henderson’s injury too, there is definitely a problem and the current midfielders haven’t really offered anything going forward for Liverpool.
Having said that things are looking up for the club, with Coutinho’s suspension over he will now be available for the weekend’s fixture against Norwich at Anfield. That will be a massive boost for the team and will bring back the attacking spark that was missed in their previous game.
Jordan Henderson seems to be on the road to recovery too and should also be fully fit for the upcoming Premier League match. He will bring calmness to the storm and will hope to bring back Liverpool’s winning ways.
With Sturridge now back training too it’s only a matter of time until he’s back in the team, scoring goals and doing weird celebrations again.
If Sturridge returns in the next couple of weeks and can stay fit, Liverpool can believe once again and Champions League football could be a real possibility!
Where will Liverpool finish this season? Should Rodgers get sacked? Can the Sturridge and Benteke strike partnership work? Please leave your comments below
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