Liverpool - So When Does A Drama Become A Crisis ?

Sunday isn't a day to worry about where Liverpool are in the Premier League table, and reflect on the prospects for manager Brendan Rodgers' footballing revolution.

Sunday was about more important things, and both Liverpool and Manchester United fans handled themselves with a lot of dignity at Anfield today.

But the fact remains that Liverpool are currently third from bottom of the Premier League, and have got off to their worst start in a top division for over 50 years, with just 2 points from 5 games. Rodgers has a win ratio of 0% in the Prem so far this season.

Now things can change quickly, though - we know that. Both Arsenal and Tottenham had slow Premier League starts to last season, and finished third and fourth respectively. Chelsea put in a pedestrian performance in the Premier League all last term, yet still ended up as Champions of Europe and FA Cup winners.

Just 8 days ago, AVB looked under pressure at Spurs, and yet wins against Reading and QPR seem to have turned the club into genuine top 4 contenders again!

With just over 30 minutes to go at Southampton yesterday, manager Nigel Atkins looked like he was toast, but 4 goals later and the fans at St Mary's were back chanting his name.

And Liverpool were unlucky at Anfield today, dominating play against a poor Manchester United side for long periods - and then there was the sending off which surely never was. A yellow card was enough for JonJo Shelvey, but if reds were to be bandied about, Jonny Evans should have gone as well. And shouldn't Liverpool have got a penalty when Suarez was felled in the second-half ?

But you can only blame bad luck for so long, and Liverpool's next 3 Premier League games seem pretty crucial, and at least 5 points against Norwich, Stoke and Reading looks likely to be a minimum requirement before the first meeting of the season again Merseyside rivals Everton on 28th October.

Less than 5 points from these 3 games, and the grumbling will begin all over.

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