Expectations were high going into Saturdays game against Aston Villa. Paul Lambert’s side aren’t exactly supposed to be challenging for the top four based on their recent history so this was a game Brendan Rodgers would have hoped his Liverpool side could dispatch quite easily. Villa scored an early scrappy goal through Gabriel Agbonlahor and held on quite easily against a side void of ideas in the end.
The potential outcomes for the Champions League group stage draw were as varied as the starting lineups of Rafa Benitez. Reds across the world seemed split about what they wanted from the world’s most elite club competition. Some supporters dreamed of facing European giants while others were content with fishing for Europe’s minnows.
In Monaco on Thursday, Liverpool drew a bit of everything, which should suit them just fine.
In a season chock-full of big games, Liverpool faces yet another huge test of its Premier League title credentials when fellow contenders Chelsea visit Anfield for what could be a monumental occasion at the famous venue. Continue reading →
Eight days after inflicting a humiliating 5-1 defeat of Arsenal at Anfield, an in-form Liverpool makes its way south to see if it can deal a further blow to the Gunners’ flagging fortunes. This FA Cup fifth round tie will not necessarily make or break either side’s season, but a loss would leave Liverpool with just the league to compete in, while defeat for Arsenal would deepen the slump it finds itself in. Continue reading →
Brendan Rodgers post match interview with Martin Tyler on Wednesday night included a reference from Tyler that Steven Gerrard’s winning penalty and the resulting celebration was one of possible title contenders. Rodgers didn’t agree with Tyler but instead wisely opted with the route “we’ve got to keep pushing”. While no direct acceptance was made in relation to Liverpool being contenders, a direct “We are not title contenders” would be a better approach. This Liverpool squad is young. Title run in experience is lacking. Rodgers needs to let the squad focus on playing without pressure so he can instill that belief that they can win the title behind closed doors but publicly alleviate pressure. Continue reading →