Five worst moments of 2014 for Liverpool

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Games against Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Crystal Palace feature.

Whilst 2014 will have memories of an incredible journey, it was one that ultimately had a sad ending for Liverpool, and it seems as though it is something they have struggled to recover from since. There have been other lows in there, as we look at the five biggest lows of 2014 for the Reds this season.

1) Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool - February 

In a season of immense highs up until this FA Cup fifth round game in February, there weren't many lows, but this was one of them. A week after dismantling Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield in the Premier League, goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski gave Liverpool a mountain to climb. The Reds clawed a goal back when Steven Gerrard scored from the penalty spot after Luis Suarez was fouled by Podolski. Liverpool should have had a second penalty when Oxlade-Chamberlain tripped Suarez but Howard Webb bizarrely waved away claims. There was a sense of dejection amongst Liverpool's players at the final whistle, as they felt they missed an opportunity to qualify, with Daniel Sturridge guilty of spurning some good opportunities.

2) Liverpool 0-2 Chelsea - April

It was supposed to be a coronation, but Chelsea hadn't read the fairytale script as they took the Premier League title out of Liverpool's hands going down the home stretch by stunning Anfield. They weren't fazed by the intimidating welcome that the home fans were giving along Anfield Road as they tried to do their bit to land the first title in 24 years. Demba Ba capitalised on the now infamous Steven Gerrard slip to put the side ahead and thwarted the Reds for the rest of the game, and finished them off late on when Fernando Torres squared the ball to Willian to convert the simplest of chances, giving the Reds' title dream a huge body blow.

3) Crystal Palace 3-3 Liverpool - May 

If Chelsea was the body blow, what followed at Selhurst Park a week later was the right hook that floored the Reds and left their dream of the title in tatters. Having led 3-0 with 15 minutes to go, the Reds were desperate to close the goal difference gap to Manchester City, but were stunned by a late Palace fightback, including two goals from Dwight Gayle, leaving supporters in the away end stunned, some of them in tears. The ironic thing is at the start of the season, many Liverpool fans will have taken going into the final day with a chance of winning the title, because they thought it was so unlikely. It really wasn't supposed to end like this. 

4) Daniel Sturridge's injury/Luiz Suarez's departure - July/August

We all know how effective they were for the side last season. To lose one was probably expected, but to lose both was always going to be hard for Liverpool. They knew they would have been without Suarez until late October through suspension if he had stayed but beyond that it's clear the Reds are missing a player of his class. The injuries to Sturridge have meant the Reds have been lacking cutting edge and could ultimately prove costly as he has suffered two setbacks that has delayed his return date. They will be hoping 2015 brings better luck when it comes to their forwards. 

5) Manchester United 3-0 Liverpool - December 

A true reversal in a matter of nine months. Back then the Reds won by the same scoreline, but it shows the difference between the two sides in two months. The season may have had many lows like the losses to Crystal Palace and West Ham, but this hurt the most purely because of who their opponents were. Liverpool spurned their chances, United took theirs and reversed the previous season's meeting between the two clubs. It was a reality check for Liverpool to start again, and that expectations for this term have probably been a little on the high side.

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