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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