Liverpool’s latest 1-2 home defeat at relegation battling Wigan rounds up the dreadful league record at Anfield this season. The Reds have now won just 5 of their 15 home league games this season. They have failed to beat the likes of Sunderland, Norwich, Swansea, Blackburn,Stoke and now, Wigan.
Their form away from home hasn’t been that good as well. The truth is they have won only one more game away, 6 of their 15 away league games. They have lost more on the road, losing more than half of their games played away from Anfield.
Considering the hefty amount of money spent rebuilding the squad during off season, honestly, I’m not sure if you will call the season a success. Sure, they won the Carling Cup. But it has always been the least prioritized of the four competitions the Reds have challenged for this season. Besides, they barely won the final against Cardiff, but that’s another story.
Oh yes,they’ve made it to the FA Cup semi finals and a potential mouth watering Merseyside derby clash awaits. It will be interesting to see how the Reds manage that one. Though, I won’t be surprised if they do well. Afterall, it is what’s left off their season. Let’s see, if the Reds do actually lift the FA Cup. Will we call it a successful season then? I suspect not.
After years of rebuilding under various managers and the turning of umpteen corners, the Red’s success will still be judged on how high they finish in the table. They are currently 7th, a MASSIVE 28 points off the top and 15 points off a Champion’s League spot. They are only THREE points ahead of newly promoted Swansea and Norwich, and judging by the free fall (quite possibly attributed to the lack of motivation in the league), it’s anyone’s guess where Liverpool will eventually finish in the table.
If there is no success, well, is there at least progress? I’m not convinced on that as well, at least in the fire power department. The Reds have scored only 36 goals in the league this season. Norwich and Blackburn have scored more goals. Andy Carroll has not settled. Luis Suarez, with all the talent, is still not the primary source of goals for a team. Steven Gerrard has been hampered with injury. The Reds desperately need more striking options.
In terms of squad depth, we are clearly not there. King Kenny has attributed the recent defeats to weariness from progressing too far into the cup competitions. It really means that there is no squad depth.
If this season was a couple of years back, you’ll probably have fans calling for the axe. But because the man at the realm is a certain King Kenny, he comes with extra time. Though, you must be worried for him if he doesn’t turn things around. The coming off season will be a monumental one.
If you look closely, the Reds are quite possibly running on borrowed time.