Liverpool fan favourite Daniel Agger has claimed that the club's second place Premier League finish was an overachievement.
Agger, who left the Reds to rejoin Brondby over the summer, was speaking to LFCTV ahead of the club's 4-1 demolition of Swansea City at Anfield last night.
When asked about what impact losing Luis Suarez to Barcelona and Daniel Sturridge to injury has had on Liverpool's disappointing season so far, Agger responded by saying their absence is the key factor.
He also went on to claim that Liverpool's 2013-14 campaign was above all expectations.
The Dane told LFCTV: “My opinion is that maybe we overachieved a bit last season.
“Everybody played a bit better than we might… a bit over their top level and everything just came up to a higher level.
“After second place last season, all the expectations go up and it’s always difficult – the second season after that, it’s always difficult.”
It's hard to really argue with Agger as Liverpool's side lacked balance from the back to the front last season. Their defence was poor for a side that eventually finished second, and this is proven by the fact that they conceded more goals that any other top-five team.
Thankfully they had the sensational partnership of Suarez and Sturridge whose form and goals helped cancel out their leaky defence and galvanised the rest of the team. Before the start of last season few would have predicted such a successful year for Brendan Rodgers' side.
In the present day though, their league standing is rather indicative of the current squad's ability. The return of Sturridge will almost be like a new signing as the Reds have struggled immensely in the striking department in his absence.