One Point From Nine, But Too Early To Panic

After a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Arsenal, it’s natural to wonder if Liverpool are going to be challenging for European spots at all this season. The poor performance at the end of the transfer window hasn’t done the club any favours either.

The Reds were poor going forward today, but if you look at their starting front six, and how many league appearances they had made for Liverpool prior to today, it perhaps begins to become clear why. If you exclude Gerrard from the figures, it’s frightening:

Gerrard: 407

Suárez: 46

Sterling: 4

Allen: 2

Borini: 2

Sahin: 0

It perhaps becomes clear why they weren’t very cohesive. Yet they still had passing accuracy of 87% today overall, to go with an 85% average from the first two games, so things aren’t that bad at this point.

The fact that the only three Liverpool players who were below 84% passing accuracy today were Gerrard (81%), Borini (74%) and Suárez (68%) (arguably the three key attacking players in other words), also helps to explain why the team were so toothless going forward.

At least Nuri Sahin had a solid, if not spectacular debut. He has barely played for a year, but was accurate with 93% of his passes, including one key pass. In time, I have no doubt he’ll be a great player for Liverpool.

The Reds have also got two of their four hardest home games out of the way; whilst a one point return is disappointing, at the same time it’s not that surprising. Don’t forget that Liverpool outplayed the current champions (a team that has had over £400 million in net transfer spend lavished on it since the Abu Dhabi takeover) just one week ago, after all.

I think the current set up has got a lot of potential, but it will take time for the tactics to take hold and for the team to gel. I hope FSG and the fans can remain patient, as Rodgers might take a while yet to get Liverpool up to speed.

Statistics were sourced from EPLIndex and WhoScored. Please take a look at my other articles, a list of which can be found here. You can follow me on Twitter here.

5 thoughts on “One Point From Nine, But Too Early To Panic

  1. Agreed to early to panic. Wins against united in three weeks will suit liverpool down to the ground. Just wish they’d brought someone in. Still free agents are available.

  2. Question for you…a striker that I’ve really liked the past few years but who’s gone unnoticed is Keisuke Honda (I think he’s still at CSKA) I doubt he’d cost much, am pretty sure he’d suit Rodgers & has a good international record & I doubt wld cost much money as he’s been overlooked since the world cup!.. Anyway that’s my suggestion fora January transfer (tho I’d still have Carroll back thru the middle, bcos I think it’d suit Suarez to play off another striker rather than be the focal point) … So the question is..who wld be yr transfer targets?

    • I must admit, I’m not overly familiar with Honda myself – writing a blog means I have no time to watch other football!
      Whoever Liverpool try to sign, their clubs will know that Liverpool will be a bit desperate, so they’ll probably end up spending more than they would have on Clint Dempsey – not that I’m gutted we missed out on him, and it’s right that the club are not held to ransom by 29 year olds, but I think FSG will have to pay through the nose to make up for the debacle at the end of the transfer window.

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