Liverpool’s will convert their good performances into wins, if their striker can start converting more chances into goals.
Robin van Persie didn’t have the best match yesterday, he misplaced a few of his passes and was well marshaled into near-anonymity by Liverpool’s central defenders. He even picked up a yellow card for a poor challenge. He also scored the winning goal.
For Liverpool, Luis Suarez was very good once again, taking on all comers, creating chances for himself and his teammates with his intelligent play. Without the Uruguayan, Liverpool would not have been able to dominate proceedings, as they did do, even when down to ten men. However Suarez did not score today, and has often failed to find the net when Liverpool have dominated matches.
Liverpool could learn how to get points from their great rivals Manchester United. Suarez would do well to remember that, at the end of the day, Robin van Persie had the better outing as a striker today.
Liverpool have suffered some heavy defeats this season, but it would be harsh to say that they have been comprehensively outplayed in any match other than the 2-0 home loss to Arsenal.
Currently they seem to be suffering from an incredible inability to convert good performances into wins, and even when they take the lead in matches, as they did against Manchesters United and City, those goals seem only to spark opponents into life, whilst making Liverpool nervous.
Some of the blame for this has to be laid at the feet of Suarez. I say only some of the blame, because the frontman is not only in the team only to score goals, and is often the reason that Liverpool have been controlling parts of games, dropping deep and linking with the midfield. However Suarez's shooting accuracy is still far too low for someone of his quality, and Liverpool need him to snatch more goals in games when they are on the front foot.
Liverpool and Suarez have been agonisingly close to being very good all season. Given the performances they have delivered I would say that Rodgers has actually been quite successful in imposing his style in a short space of time.
They have certainly merited at least a point in many matches they have contrived to lose. The ways they have managed to throw points away have been idiotic, back passes left short, red cards for stupid challenges, and defensive gaffes.
The positive to these kind of dropped points is that, unlike if Liverpool were simply playing badly, it can’t keep happening all season...surely?
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