Are Liverpool a two or three-man team?

by admin

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Liverpool FC has a proud history of being highly successful domestically and in Europe too.
The Reds faithful are some of the most demanding in the world particularly as bitter rivals Manchester United have won the Premier League 11 times since its formation in 1992.
Yet the most competitive Liverpool have been in recent times was in 2008/ 2009 where they only lost twice in the league all season and recorded an outstanding 4-1 victory at Old Trafford, yet they were still pipped to the crown by United.
The Reds then lost as many games as the year before by the fourth game of the 2009/10 campaign.
The two seasons saw the contrast of Liverpool’s luck in a short space of time, and in reflection the team was pretty much the same as the season before.
In the past three seasons, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres both topped the scorers list at Liverpool except last season when Dirk Kuyt was second in the list.
This is an interesting dilemma for Roy Hodgson who has struggled to make an adequate impact on the fortunes of the club.
Yes, there was implications regarding the financial situation of the club with Gillet and Hicks taking the resources away from former manager Rafa Benitez, however the situation should not necessarily affect what is occurring on the pitch for a club of Liverpool’s stature, particularly with Manchester United still capturing three Premier League titles, two League Cups and a Champions League trophy even with the saga involving the Glazer family, the fans and the club.
The problem for Liverpool is the massive reliance on their star players to perform at their peak, as with the 2008/09 season when the core of the team was certainly enviable by many.
Pepe Reina and Jaime Carragher at the back, Steven Gerrard, Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso in midfield with the explosive talent of Fernando Torres up top, certainly was a mouthwatering possibility.
But the departures of Alonso and Mascherano to La Liga weakened the Reds and put even more pressure on Gerrard and Torres to perform on a weekly basis.
The evidence is clear as Liverpool have had a small resurgence before the defeat at Stoke, where Gerrard inspired a second half comeback against Napoli by grabbing a hat trick, which was followed up by a devastating display by Torres who grabbed a brace against Chelsea.
These two results could of easily been defeats if the Reds two star players decided not to turn up, but now with Gerrard crocked after last nights international friendly, there is even more pressure on the recovering Torres, ageing Carragher and erratic Reina.
Although Gerrard is out for a month it will be the perfect opportunity for Roy Hodgson’s men to hit back at their critics. So maybe its best to judge Liverpool after Saturday.

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  • Jj

    They’ve been a 3 man team for years, it’s worrying times for them, they need at least 6 new players if they are to get back into the top four.

    Shouldn’t the article be ‘Are Liverpool, not is?’

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