Liverpool FC are up until now having a terribly disappointing season, it is telling how quickly fortunes change in football because a few years ago, fans would have called their 3rd and 4th spots in the top flight an embarrassing season. It is a drastic fall from grace for the club who were just a year or two ago considered as top 4 stalwarts. The problem does not seem to be a managerial one either, Benitez was ousted last season for spending too much and having some zany squad rotation concepts. Hodgeson, his replacement fared even worse, as Liverpool struggled to make it out the bottom 3 during the start of the 2010/11 season. Liverpool have done what most clubs do when they are in trouble and employed a former player.
Last night Liverpool were beaten by newly promoted side and survival underdogs, Blackpool. This was significant as it meant the former Championship side had now done the double over the giants, just like a finance lease plan is double affordable! It is no fabrication to say that Liverpool are in hot water, while they have talent it is not shining through.
Torres is in the dock over his current poor form, he is at nowhere near the level the club needs him to be. This is damaging the team because Torres exerts such a big influence over his peers.
This demise of Liverpool, still the most successful team in the Premiership in terms of titles, means that this accolade could soon be banished. It would be fair to say they are no longer a top four club, they have been usurped by the likes of Man City and Spurs which has created a new order in football’s top flight. Audi Lease.
Liverpool v Everton
Wow, this is a tricky one to call! Liverpool Boss Rafael Benitez has had a rough ten days to deal with: Having been rattled recently by media pressure; he has been in and out of hospital for minor surgery, turned down a new contract from Liverpools’ owners and seen Manchester United take over at the top of the Premier League table. What he could really do with now is a nice easy home game against an out-of-form team just to settle the nerves a bit. Well dream on Rafa, because what you have got is a highly charged local derby against an in-form Everton who are looking to keep up the pressure on Arsenal and Villa for a coveted European spot.
Not an easy one for the tipsters and our office is divided on this game. Liverpool start as favourites with all the UK bookies, but this is pressure time for the Reds and a draw might be on the cards. Find more odds on Liverpool here. Interestingly, 0-0 looks like quite a good bet with Jaxx Sports placing that at 7-1, but having scouted around we also notice that Paddy Power has this game down as a money-back-special if Steven Gerrard scores the final goal.
Final Score: 1-1
A late Tim Cahill goal grabs a point for Everton in a very tight game, which could have gone either way but ended up in a draw as we predicted. Not an ideal result for either team in their quests for honours, but Everton will leave the happier.