Worst start in 50 years, but can Liverpool find a silver lining?

The last time Liverpool started a season this badly was 1964-65, but that campaign did end on a bright note.

Things are looking grim at Anfield with Liverpool managing just 21 points from 16 games - their lowest total since 1964-1965.

To add insult to injury, the Champions League dream is already over and the pressure is mounting on Brendan Rodgers, a state of affairs that seemed scarcely possible at the end of last season.

But while the tag line 'worst season since 1964-65' has been frequently circulated, that campaign did end with Liverpool celebrating a historic milestone.

The Reds came into the season on a high after winning a first league title since 1946-47, but Bill Shankly's men suffered a grim start to the campaign, losing to Leeds 4-2 and Blackburn 3-2 in August before a horror September that saw defeats against Leicester (0-2), Sheffield Wednesday (0-1) and worst of all, Everton (0-4).

However, Liverpool started to turn things around a little around Christmas and enjoyed a strong start to 1965, winning five in a row.

While the Reds still only managed to finish seventh in the league and were knocked out of the European Cup at the semi-final stage by Italian giants Inter having blown a 3-1 first-leg lead, their season ended with FA Cup glory.

Liverpool beat Leeds 2-1 after extra-time thanks to a goal from Ian St John seven minutes from time to lift the FA Cup for the first time in the club's history.

All is not lost yet for Rodgers and his men. The Europa League and the FA Cup could still provide some consolation and the Anfield faithful would certainly welcome a 100 percent record in January.

The fixture list for the start of 2015 is relatively welcoming. Rock-bottom Leicester on New Year's Day couldn't be a better chance to relaunch the season, then AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup is a banana skin but an avoidable one. Sunderland and Aston Villa away are winnable before a challenging home clash with high-flying West Ham.

The beauty of the football season is that there are many different fronts to fight on, so all is not lost at Liverpool, just ask the heroes of the Reds' maiden FA Cup triumph.

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