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What’s gone wrong at Liverpool?

Brendan Rodgers’ side just fell short of an historic Premier League triumph last season, a Steven Gerrard slip and other poor results proving to be difference between the Anfield outfit and the eventual champions, Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, March 16, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers during the Premiership match against Manchester United at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s season has gone from bad to worse, after three consecutive defeats in November to Newcastle, Chelsea and Crystal Palace, the under-pressure Merseysiders were battered 3-0 at Old Trafford by their bitter rivals Manchester United.

The unavailing Reds were completely outplayed by their deadly derby opponents, with Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Robin van Persie all striking in the rout to send Rodgers’ under-fire team down to 10th in the domestic league table, eight spots below where they finished last term.

The extremely miserable start to the season has been pinned down to several possible reasons, as the Reds aim to bounce back during the festive period, before they topple too far down the standings.

 

Defence

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 22, 2014: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren looks dejected as Real Madrid CF score the third goal during the UEFA Champions League Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Rodgers’ troubled back line has come under fire from fans and pundits alike, after the futile showings from the defence at Old Trafford. Summer signings Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren were undoubtedly the two worst performers in a lacklustre Liverpool team, as they crashed to a dominant defeat at the hands Louis van Gaal’s rejuvenated United.

Calamitous errors from both new defenders and Brad Jones allowed United to seal a resounding win over their bitter north west rivals. The defence has been an accident waiting to happen this season, and a crucial element of the team that Rodgers cannot afford to have failing every week in the domestic league. The back four appear to have no belief in each other, therefore causing constant panic to set in at defining moments of games, and the worrying aspect of these disastrous displays are that the defenders at fault are all vastly experienced. Kolo Toure had a spell at Manchester City, Lovren was signed from a high-flying Southampton side and Moreno arrived as a talented La Liga full-back.

Things will have to change, whether it’s in formation or new faces, or else Liverpool could face a seemingly fateful term in the bottom half of the table, with many bookmakers slashing odds on them to finish outside the top six.

 

Rodgers

The Reds boss has presided over five defeats and just two wins from Liverpool’s last 10 fixtures, leaving them already a mammoth 18 points behind leaders Chelsea.

That desperate sequence has prompted questions about Rodgers’ position just seven months after he led the Reds to the brink of the title, though he played down suggestions his time could be running out.

Despite also seeing his struggling side being recently knocked out of the Champions League, after a 1-1 home draw with FC Basel, Brendan Rodgers still believes that he is the right man to lead the Reds forward.

 

Suarez

CARDIFF, WALES - Saturday, March 22, 2014: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers with hat-trick hero Luis Suarez after the 6-3 victory over Cardiff City during the Premiership match at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool have gone from a side challenging for the Premier League title in the last campaign to one that is struggling largely in the wake of Luis Suarez’s move to Barcelona. That left Daniel Sturridge as the club’s main striker but he has been out for most of the current campaign with injury problems and Mario Balotelli has failed to find his feet at the club, with the Italian unable to find any form.

The Reds always knew they were losing a quality player when Suarez left for Barcelona in a £75million deal, and it’s not taken long to show it. The Anfield-based club are having a nightmare term without their former talisman up front, and with Mario Balotelli and Rickie Lambert misfiring, they are surely tempted to dip into the January transfer market to strengthen the squad in Suarez’ absence.