After Liverpool's defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, 4th place is surely out of reach now. This will mean another season without Champions League football at Anfield which is obviously disappointing. After thinking for some time I have come up with the 5 main reasons our Premier League form has been off the mark this season.
Liverpool have dropped 19 points at home this season, this is more then the last two seasons combined. 8 draws and only one defeat. The draws have really killed any type of momentum we have had in the race for 4th. Drawing with the likes of Stoke, Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland and Blackburn has been really frustrating for the fans. Of course most of those teams have just parked the bus and been tough to break down but that's what you expect.
I think that the new signings have struggled to realise what it's like to play in front of the Kop. There has been no late winners, no back to back home wins to get the fans excited. Just missed chance after missed chance after missed chance. Anfield this season hasn't been the fortress it normally is and this will have to change in the future if we are going to get anywhere.
|Larsson celebrates after securing Sunderland a point.|
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
Liverpool haven't had too many suspensions or injuries just the ones they have had were to crucial players. Right from the start we without the captain Steven Gerrard. He missed the first five weeks of the season with a groin injury which kept him out the back end of the last season. Once he was back he somehow managed to pick up an ankle injury at the beginning of October which kept him out for another two and a half months.
With our captain missing a large part of the season we were always going to struggle but one man had really stepped up in his absence. Lucas was having a fantastic season until at the end of November he did his knee cruciate ligament which ruled him out for the season. This was a huge shame as he had really been excellent and the shining light of the Liverpool team.
Just when Stevie was coming back to full fitness, Luis Suarez was given his infamous eight match ban which ruled him out for a month. In that period, Liverpool played four premier league games and only won
|Lucas sustains a nasty injury which will keep him out for the season.|
If there was a trophy for missing chances we would definitely win it. With the worst conversion rate in the league of 8%, Liverpool have only scored 30 goals. To put that in to perspective, Robin Van Persie has scored 25 goals on his own in the league. Chances have come and chances have gone. Luis Suarez and Craig Bellamy are our top goal scorers in the league with 6 goals each. When you see Ba, Rooney, Rvp and Aguero all have 20+ then 6 is a really pathetic total.
Luis Suarez is a truly fantastic player, some of the things he does are unbelievable but for the amount of chances he makes/gets he really needs to score more. In saying that the midfield really need to chip in. Between Gerrard, Adam and Henderson there is 5 league goals. That is just not good enough.
|Another chance goes a begging.|
Liverpool have hit the woodwork a outstanding 21 times. Sometimes you need a bit of luck and when it's come to shooting it just hasn't been with us. Against Arsenal we hit the post twice, for me we should have really scored both of the chances but instead we just added to the tally.
If we could make the goals a couple of inches wider then we would of scored a lot more goals. Suarez has hit the woodwork 19 times in his 46 games at the club. That is surely some sort of record.
|Carroll after he hits the bar against Swansea.|
In the league alone we have missed 4 penalties. That's a crazy amount, if those 4 had gone in we would be 5 points better off. That's 3 kicks of a ball going differently and there's 5 more points in the tally. That's how close we have been this season. Would Gerrard have scored those penalties? Probably ... that's an easy thing to say though, everyone should really back themselves from 12 yards.
|Charlie Adam misses a penalty at the DW.|
In conclusion, this season we have made progress under Kenny Dalglish this season. That's not what frustrates the fans, the frustrating thing has been how close we have been. If little things had gone our way then we could be sitting in 4th spot right now. I'm keeping the faith in Kenny Dalglish and I'm backing him to get us in to 4th next season.