Just when it all looked so good for Liverpool, second in the Premier League, playing with zest and a strike partnership that can’t stop scoring, it seems as though dark clouds are beginning to form over Anfield and that the inadequacies of recent seasons are creeping back.
A 3-1 loss to lowly Hull City earlier this afternoon was a huge blow to any title aspirations that the Merseyside club might have, the performance was simply awful, there was no structure and no belief, all of the fighting qualities that have been displayed in recent weeks seemed to vanish and the structure of the side looked unbalanced and sloppy.
It was a result which typified the Liverpool of old, playing well against the big clubs, but taking their foot of the peddle when the opposition are not quite so prominent in the league, for Hull, previous Liverpool sides can read, Stoke, West Brom, Sunderland or Aston Villa, all clubs that have taken points from the Reds over the last few seasons.
In fairness the day couldn’t have started much worse for manager Brendan Rodgers who revealed that striker Daniel Sturridge will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with an ankle injury, a huge blow for both the player and the club.
Rodgers confirmed that the England international rolled over on his ankle in training on Friday, causing a sprain, and fans were told that he was 50/50 to face Hull, but with his name omitted from the squad Liverpool fans were faced with the news that one of their most valuable players will not be seen again until the new year.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Rodgers said: “Daniel is probably going to be out six-to-eight weeks.
"It was something we thought was never going to be as serious as that, to be honest.
"He slipped over in training and we thought initially it was his toe. He got brought inside straight away and he was taken for a scan straight away and it showed he'd actually got a ligament strain.”
Sturridge is the Reds top scorer this term, finding the back of the net 11 times and contributing to a 20 goal partnership with Luis Suarez who will now have to lead the line on his own and with games against Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester City to come it could be a make or break spell for the club.
Talking of how his side might cope, Rodgers added: “It’s a big blow for us because he's (Sturridge) been brilliant since he's come in. We've played a few systems this year, which has been brilliant, and it's given me the flexibility to change it around. It's about the players and we've got some good ones to come in."
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