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Liverpool – On The Verge Of Nothing This Season


Liverpools enormous trophy cabinet but nothing from 2009

Liverpool's enormous trophy cabinet but nothing from 2009

They huffed, they puffed but they failed to blow United’s house down. Liverpool look set to finish the season with no silverware to show for it and yet to make an appearance at the rebuilt Wembley.

After tonight’s victory for Manchester United at the JJB the title race will be over if United gain a single point from their remaining two games. With the wretched form that is currently plaguing the Gunners and the return to dominance from United, you wouldn’t be to surprised if they did it in style this Saturday either.

So what has cost Liverpool any silverware this season?  The delicate hamstrings of the truly outstanding Fernando Torres certainly has had an impact. Even if Torres features in Liverpool’s final two games he will still have only made 24 appearances in the Premier League this season. When a team is missing a player like Fernando Torres a team needs a goalscorer to replace him. This wasn’t expected to be a fatal problem, after all they signed Robbie Keane for £19 Million in Summer – how wrong we were. The Irishman signed from Spurs on July 28, never really got to grips with life at the club he supported as a boy. In fact, the man who was ‘fast red and talked like father ted’ only found the net 7 times after 28 games in all competition – only 5 of those were scored in the league. Keane re-signed for Tottenham in the mid-season transfer window.

Even in spite of the above, Liverpool still have a better goal difference. However it is the points they have dropped, particularly at home that have cost Liverpool a first Premier League title. Liverpool have drawn seven games at Anfield. The five that stick out being Stoke City, Fulham, West Ham, Hull City, Manchester City. Naturally you can not expect to win every game and therefore accept they will drop a few points.  Hence, I did not mentioned the home deadlocks with Everton and Arsenal in the previous statement. The Reds away form has so far, bettered their title rivals. but United have won 16 out of 18 homes games and that is why the title yet again is heading to Old Trafford.

The Reds could have so easily progressed further than the quarter-final stage of the Champions League, had it not been for a superb display from Chelsea and some sloppy marking from set-pieces in the first leg. That 3-1 defeat left the Reds a mountain to climb at Stamford bridge. Athough they made a great go of it drawing 4-4 in the return leg. But, alas it was was not enough to stop Guus Hiddink’s side progressing to the next stage at their expense.

I mentioned in the opening of this article that Liverpool are yet to feature at the new Wembley, which of course means that they have failed to make either domestic cup final in the last three seasons. This season they were denied a run to Wembley by Merseyside rivals Everton. Incidentally, Liverpool’s last domestic trophy was the FA Cup in 2006 – beating West Ham on penalties after a 3-3 draw.

Worry not Reds fans, despite this season’s near misses. I do not think for one minute that the current side is not capable of great things – this summer will be a big one at Anfield. If Liverpool can add a little bit more depth to their squad by signing players truly capable of challenging for places in a fully-fit squad then they will take some stopping.

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  1. FanZine

    May 14, 2009 at 3:17 am

    The only consolation is Steven Gerrard claiming the Player of The Year award. That would be brilliant for the player who had undoubtedly carried the team all season. A nice ending to gloss over his arrest.

  2. Nik

    May 14, 2009 at 1:47 am

    GLORY, GLORY MAN UTD. LiverFOOLs, Bunch of F***ing losers

  3. vinnie

    May 13, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    matt: “I may be in the minority to believe that Liverpool feature an XI as good as any team, but the depth is the crisis.”

    i knew this in the beginning of the season, not many agree with me too

  4. Tyson

    May 13, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    The beginning of the season starts and everybody has expectations for their team and puts forward their own arguments for why their team will accomplish.

    At the beginning of this season as a United fan I wasn’t very confident. We had issues in defense and midfield and I thought sooner or later somebody will learn to exploit that and we won’t be able to dominate like we did last season.

    It all came true. I mean I’m a dedicated United fan but I will admit myself many times throughout this season we were just holding onto the slimmest of leads and trying to play a ten man defense after putting a goal in.

    In the end though with a terrible season and a damaged defense and midfield we still pulled through and I don’t think its a testament to anything apart from the fact that United got lucky many times during the season.

    I do think this was Liverpools opportunity with Chelsea, United and Arsenal all playing atrocious football many times during the season and having few real highlights.

    I believe with a proper defense and midfield in place like the previous year plus the new players bought to the club this season will make United a monstrous entity in world football the next season.

    I have no worries about Liverpool since they couldn’t capture the title from United in what has been a very much hit and miss season for us.

    On form like last season and this discussion wouldn’t even be taking place.

    Assuming we start playing the football we played last season in the coming season then I’m not concerned with Liverpool but I’m worried about a rejuvenated Chelsea though. Hopefully they will play more like they have this season rather than the last season.

    Arsenal on the other hand is always a team to keep an eye on but I think they won’t be in conention for another year or two.

    Liverpool have blown their chance to kick their opponents while their down. The most they can hope for is another season where their opponents play at much lower than their capacity.

  5. matt

    May 13, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    we get it…you like MAN U

  6. matt

    May 13, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Middlesbrough! Win two of those home ties and defeat lowly Middlesbrough and Liverpool are a point up and GD ahead.

    They’ve had spells of unimaginative attacking play (umm…January? they nearly had more shots against Newcastle in December than all three anuary fixtures combined) and spells of horrid organization in the back. In fact – add Arsenal at home – egads.

    For me the real crisis has been in depth. I was following the espn gamecast of today’s match and in the preview posts, the gamecaster posted:
    Out go Rafael, Giggs, Fletcher, Park and Tevez, in come O’Shea, Scholes, Carrick, Anderson and Rooney. Not a bad lot to bring in eh?

    Exactly. I may be in the minority to believe that Liverpool feature an XI as good as any team, but the depth is the crisis.

    Go get good lads Rafa.

  7. jeff

    May 13, 2009 at 7:31 pm






    *LTMD: Let The Manager Decide

  8. Nikola Vuk Macedonian

    May 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Everything Pandev.19 title with him 100%.And yes ,i`almost forget F*ck the MUFC

  9. bill

    May 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Right-Back –> Sergio Ramos

    Center-Midfield –> Gareth Barry ( keep alonso and mascherano )

    Winger –> Damien Duff

    Striker –> Mario Comez

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