After a promising 2013/14 season Liverpool have served up lacklustre performances throughout the start of the 2014/15 season. The club finished 2nd in the Premier league last season exceeding expectations and almost winning their first title since 1990. The 2014/15 season looked promising for Liverpool getting to play Champions League football again and looking like title contenders but so far they have not lived up to expectations set by last season’s performances.
The problems at Liverpool began when star striker Luis Suarez bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini during a group stage match during the World Cup during the summer. This resulted in a ban for Suarez who was later sold to Barcelona. Suarez was a huge part of Liverpool’s success in the 13/14 season scoring 31 goals.
To replace Luis Liverpool brought in former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli to fill in the hole left by the Suarez, however he has not delivered. Balotelli has only scored on two occasions for Liverpool none of which coming in the Premier League. Balotelli was also injured for some of his time at Liverpool so far which has also contributed to his success.
Liverpool’s other star striker; Daniel Sturridge has been out of action since very early in the season. A key part to this Liverpool team has left a massive whole in the squad’s offence with the team often being unable to score. Sturridge has returned last week and scored a goal in his return game.
The problem Liverpool had is they never had a consistent striker. They were forced to mix around with Borini, Lambert, and Balotelli. With none of these players able to play consistent football, but only showing flashes of brilliance it was tough for Liverpool to play consistently without having a consistent striker. With Sturridge back they get that consistent striker and can pair him with another if they need an extra striker.
Despite Liverpool’s problems in the early part of the season they are starting to gain some consistency. They are 7th on the League table with 39 points, only a couple of games outside the top 4. They have not lost a game in the last 6 matches in the premier league meaning they are on top of the form ladder. Even with their problems early on in the season the team has managed to maintain results and stay in the top half of the table.
Things are now looking on the up for Liverpool compared to the start they had, with players like Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can and Raheem Sterling standing up. The return of Daniel Sturridge means Liverpool can play a more structured style of play and push for that top four spot by the end of the season, and aim for a title next season.