Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Two pronged Liverpool dangerous but inadequate

Statistically, when teams play against Liverpool, there must fear and rightfully so. The duo of Luiz Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is the most lethal in more than scoring ways. It would have seemed that the injury to the former would retard the progress of his amazing new found form of this season.
I was skeptical myself and I still believe their play now is the momentum of their game rather than the combination they were before the injury to Sturridge. Right now the undoubted quality of finishing of Suarez and Sturridge is carrying the Reds above the waves, but their defence does not compliment the performance of the two pronged attack.
Their central defence has been a one man department, Skrtl working his socks off. Toure has been out of sorts and the Johnson and Sissoko have been less relevant as their attacking power was effectively a responsibility of Coutinho and Sterling
This has been good in keeping the team shape but the problem with that is that both the midfielders do not pose a dangerous scoring threat as, say Johnson. With a little more accurate finishing, the duo would make Liverpool have the latitude of Manchester City who have Aguero and Toure doing well in that aspect.
Despite their envied partnership, the Reds’ quest for top four gets threatened by every point dropped. Were it not for the sterility of Coutinho and Sterling, they could have been title contenders, but as of now, they are scrapping for the Champions’ League spot.