“The Liverpool crowd may start to turn on a man who, just three months ago, was seen as a messiah”
Some might find this controversial, some may look it and think ‘oh look, the ramblings of a United fan’, but I am sorry to say Liverpool fans, its true. There are various reasons why we knew an average season, which is proving true so far, was always destined to happen.
Last season Liverpool finished in second place; a wonderful achievement and something they were rightly praised for. But looking back, what was the driving force behind that success? Luis Suarez. A wonderful, world class player who some would go as far as to call the world’s third best, behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Last season Suarez was a player possessed – him and Daniel Sturridge (better known as the SAS) were the best strike force in the league. What they did was paper over the cracks which are now coming to light. Liverpool are really poor at the back, and Mignolet isn’t anything special either.
This season things haven’t exactly started well for Liverpool, and the first point of discussion has to be their signings this summer, were they what was really needed?
Liverpool brought in some good players, but not what they needed to push on. Is Adam Lallana any better than Coutinho? Is Dejan Lovren really £20 million pound better than Daniel Agger? To state the obvious, Mario Balotelli, while he has his moments of genius, is no Luis Suarez. There’s a trend here. Liverpool bought players that are just as good as what they already have, when in actual fact, they needed to sign better.
Defensively Liverpool looked shaky last season, but the ‘SAS’ got them out of trouble more times than not, and I think even in the early stages of this season that has shown.
Liverpool lost 1-0 to Basel in their second Champions League group game and host West Brom at Anfield this weekend. Anything other than a win, and some corners of the Liverpool crowd may start to turn on a man who, just three months ago, was seen as a messiah – Brendan Rodgers.
That’s not to say Liverpool have turned bad overnight. I think what Liverpool fans are struggling to realise is that they had a season where they punched above their weight. For example, cast your mind back to 2008/09 when Liverpool finished in second place, similarly to last season they should have won the league, the next season they finished seventh. I think there might be a similar outcome this time round.
This summer, Liverpool were unwilling to cough up big wages for the really big players. Manchester United signed Angel di Maria, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind to name a few, all for sizeable fees, despite the lack of Champions League football, simply because they had to in order to progress. Liverpool could have done this but chose not to, and it will come back to bite them this season.
They no longer have Suarez to bump up their position in the table, and that is why everyone except Liverpool fans knew this type of season was a probability. Of course, it is only October and I could be wrong, but as of right now, it seems they are destined for an average season at best. I can’t see them finishing any higher than sixth.
This isn’t an assault on Liverpool, but merely a prediction based on their summer dealings and current form.
Do you disagree? Feel free to leave me a comment below.