|A picture to sum up our league season.|
After another disastrous performance and result in the premier league, which left Liverpool in a battle to stay in the top seven. With another eleven premier league games left and a minimum of one FA cup game. What is there to get excited about for the rest of the season?
The obvious thing that jumps out at you is the possibility of two more Wembley trips and another trophy to add to the cabinet. We have the task of getting past Stoke in the quarter finals first, if we were to get past them and two more opponents to win another trophy this year it would definitely soften the blow of our awful inconsistent league form. On our day we are the best team in England, this is what cups are all about and why they have suited us this year as it we haven't had to win week in week out.
To end the season with more success would improve the owner's moods when evaluating the season with Kenny and revitalise the player's attitudes when they come back for the new season. It would be seen as the year Kenny Dalglish came back to manage the club he loves and won the cup double in his first season not the year Kenny Dalglish led us to seventh.
Another thing that could give the Kop something to shout about is the youngsters coming through. I'm including Jordan Henderson when I say 'youngsters' he is after all only 21, which many people seem to forget when they blame a poor result entirely on his young shoulders. Jonjo Shelvey should also be seeing a lot more game time in the back end of the season as after he was recalled from his loan spell at Blackpool he has only been given two starts. He impressed in both of these starts and he must be frustrated watching Charlie Adam run his socks off but give very little quality output.
Other youngsters that could be given a chance to excel in the first team are Raheem Sterling and Suso Fernandez who have both really shone in the Next Gen series. They have contributed as much as Stewart Downing has to our Premier league campaign (0 goals, 0 assists). What is there to lose?
If you think back to the end of last season when Kenny gave Spearing, Flanagan and Kelly their chances in the first team and how they have really benefited from that chance. Jay Spearing hasn't looked back and now looks like he has been playing in the Liverpool midfield for years not months. Kelly is just as good as Johnson in my opinion and came without the price tag. Flanagan has struggled to get in the team at right back with Kelly and Johnson both ahead of him in the pecking order but the experience must have undoubtedly have been invaluable.
Playing without pressure can really help some players kick start their Liverpool career. For example, maybe Stewart Downing or Andy Carroll could get in to a purple patch and start playing well which would help them start next season in a decent vein of form. Lucas Leiva is a prime example how of this as he took his good form from last season in to the new one and was brilliant until he picked up his tragic injury.
To conclude, although our league campaign has been ultimately disappointing if we can build and take some form in to the new season all will not be lost. Keep the faith in Kenny and the team.
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