How can Liverpool come back from yet another 2 points dropped? The absence of Suarez is noticeable and without Sturridge to add any threat, Liverpoool are left gasping for goals.
The only Liverpool goal of the game came from a wickedly struck free kick rocketing off the right foot of our captain Steven Gerrard. However, it was a set piece and this is where Liverpool’s problems begin. Scoring from open play this season is starting to remind us of seasons gone by.
Now we sit in the bottom half of the table with 7 points out of a possible 18. We have only won 2 of our first 6 games in the league, lost 3 and drawn 1. This leaves The Reds in 12th position with a massive task ahead to catch up with the likes of Chelsea who right now have only dropped 2 points out of 18, and those 2 points can be forgiven as that was a hard fought game versus Champions Manchester City.
Last season in our first 10 games we dropped 9 points in our first 10 games and still came second. This season its 11 points in 6 games already dropped. Liverpool’s goal is to come back and win the next 3 to even up the score. Nonetheless, this is a target that cannot be reached unless we start to hit the back of the net.
Surprisingly Liverpool has a slight change of tactics versus Everton trying a lot of swooping counter attacks, and they did make the stats look good. 24 shots with 8 on target, and possession was fairly even between the clubs. Despite having so many attempts on goal the story told in the scoreline just goes to show how important turning chances into goals.
Liverpool is now a team that that seem to have all the attacking flare of the days of Dalglish, Rush and Owen, but back then the goals poured in. Lately, we are back to a similar story experienced on many an occasion just 2 seasons ago. The same attacking prowess, but minus the goals.
Last season the goals also came with late with only 1 goal per game, but we also managed to keep a clean sheet. Liverpool started the season with the same attacking prowess as the season before, and without Suarez. Even though we picked up the points, it also took a little time for the goals to really start flowing. It was the fixtures versus Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Newcastle that really started to show Liverpool had plenty of goals on them.
By the end of the 2013/2014 season, both our hit men ended up scoring over 30 goals each in the league. Now comes the 2014/2015 season and the goals have dried up once again.
Right now the only excuse we can make is that the team needs time to work together as there are so many new faces for Rodgers to work with and for the current longer serving players to get used to.
We must remember this is the Premier League. If you are off just a touch in your set-up, you will get punished, and Liverpool are paying the price for the changes made in the summer transfer window; although necessary changes.
Next week Liverpool will be at home again, this time versus West Brom. So far Anfield has not been a cheery place with the loss versus nemesis Aston Villa a severe home blow and now more points dropped at home versus Everton. Next week the boys need to pull it out of the bag and destroy the WBA goal to prove a point that we are not going out of the race this early on in the season.