The Liverpool season is going from bad to worse. Defeats and draws have left Liverpool clutching at straws in a season which should surely have been one where Liverpool is pushing at the top half of the table.
The only silver lining in over a month has been the defeat of Manchester United but this points to a regressive mentality of being happy beating one of the big four but not competing for the league positions. This was what Liverpool did most of 90’s and early 2000.
The slide undoubtedly started after the loss to Chelsea. It was compounded by Gerrard and Torres returning injured (AGAIN) from foreign duties. And since then the casualties are mounting on the team sheet and scoreboard. Gerrard has returned to fitness but the latest blows to Agger and Babel within first 20 minutes of the Man City game. There is definitely no luck this season for Liverpool.
Premier League: Falling away spectacularly.
All the injuries apart a team of stature of Liverpool should be able to make a better fist of the given resources than they have in their torrid run of losses. Fulham loss was very disappointing, considering that Liverpool started brighter and looked set to take the game away. Defeat to Chelsea can be accepted as the team gave a good account of themselves even though we ended on the losing side. But then again the performance against Sunderland was at best shoddy and at worst spineless, with the latter being the most disheartening. The defensive performance against Birmingham was an absolute disgrace. Man City was a Jeckyll and Hyde performance. At one moment we are bombing the City castle and the next are at sixes and sevens defending ours.
Such runs are opening the way for Villa and Spurs to open a lead. Lucky for us they are not really capitalising on our mistakes. Not yet anyway. Further barren runs like these and we can kiss the top four goodbye.
Champions League: Backs against the wall
Champions League form isn’t too different. Losing out after leading to Lyon and having no bite in the attack again Fiorentina is simply unacceptable. Even Debrecen played as equals at Anfield. It brings us to the same juncture all over again. Liverpool has an uncanny ability to work themselves into a corner and then start the fightback.
Lyon was a heartbreak. One minute left for taking out Lyon vs. Fiorentina match out of equation and grasping the Euro Qualification firmly with the scruff of neck. And Lyon strikes through Lisandro in 90th minute. Story of the Liverpool season.
In fact the state of affairs are so desparate that Rafa is praying for miracles like all of us.
"We have produced miracles before, we can do the same again. It will be difficult, maybe another miracle. But all we can do is our job.”
Liverpool go to Debrecen on a wing and a prayer hoping that Lyon produce a favourable result. Win would be fantastic but draw would be fine too. You can not ask too much for your mistakes. We still need to remember that we Fiorentina is 5 goals to the better on goal difference and Liverpool is –2 right now. So if Lyon ends up drawing Fiorentina, we would not only have to beat Debrecen but would have to beat them handsomely to hold any hope of qualification.
Rafa Benitez: Managerial Plight
As the whole soap opera unfolds, the overseer of current state of affairs, Rafa Benitez is experiencing the most difficult period of his managerial career as in-charge of Liverpool. Most of the people do believe, he is the right man for the job in the long run. And its not like Liverpool to cast away managers.
However, we are already close to Champion’s League elimination, an extended run like this would lead to us finishing outside the top four. And that surely will mean Rafa’s job.
I fear for the Liverpool setup right now, but deep down I am sure that we will find resilience and steel, and bounce back like true champions. And yes Rafa we are also hoping for a miracle.
You’ll Never Walk Alone!!!