Liverpool Football Club’s season is all but over after a second consecutive thrashing at the hands of one of England’s big guns has left our Champions League aspirations in tatters. If losing to Manchester United in your own back yard wasn’t bad enough, then losing to Arsenal at the Emirates for the second season running has simply compounded our misery and put the final nail in our coffin. Whatever chances we had of leapfrogging United are now surely washed down the drain. It really is surprising how quickly things can change in the world of professional football, but we Kopites would not have been hoping for such a drastic turnaround in our fortunes.
Once again, for the second gameweek in a row, we were faced with a tough task against one of the League’s giants. This one game against Arsenal was supremely vital for more than one reason. Firstly, a win against the Gunners would ensure that we undid most of the damage that we incurred on ourselves last time round against Manchester United. Secondly, a victory over Wenger’s men would give us a massive boost of morale heading into the final stretch of Premier League games. Now, when you consider the fact that Arsenal headed into the game with the best form in the league after racking up a long stretch of wins on the trot, a win over these guys would turn out to be even more impressive. Lastly, a win was required even more so because the Emirates has not really been a happy hunting ground for us since its establishment in 2006. Our last three visits to the ground have yielded losses and the last time we won at Arsenal’s home ground was in the first month of the 2011/2012 season. So, here I have stated three important reasons behind why we simply had to win against Arsenal, or even if we couldn’t manage a win, we had to make sure that we avoided a loss.
Well, as we all know by now, we not only lost the game, but got drubbed by four goals to one. It was really a poor, poor display by the Reds who looked overpowered at times by the excellent Gunners. Mesut Ozil had a great game for the home side and it’s just shocking as to why that guy is still on the receiving end of such criticism. Coming back to the Liverpool players is a really tough task as I am barely interested to even think about them. Seven points off fourth spot with just seven games left in the season is not where I would have wanted to be in at the start of the campaign. As unfortunate as it may sound now, the simple truth is that our season is now over because we do not have any possible targets to play for and all I hope for right now is that we can somehow manage to get ourselves the F.A. Cup which would mean that our season was not a total waste.