Savage gives half-term reports: Liverpool get a D

Pundit Robbie Savage has weighed up the Premier League season so far and been critical of Liverpool, Everton and Hull City.

In a feature for the Mirror, pundit Robbie Savage has assessed the Premier League teams' efforts so far this season and given them half-term reports.

The outspoken former Leicester City midfielder has given his views on which teams have done well and which must do better heading into 2015.

Predictably, Chelsea are top of the tree with an A+ and Savage labels the leaders 'unstoppable', but overachieving West Ham United also receive an A+, as do Southampton.

Savage gives Manchester City an A and credits Manuel Pellegrini for keeping them in contention for both domestic and European honours while he asserts that Swansea are 'punching above their weight' and issues the South Wales side an A.

Louis van Gaal gets an A- for his start at Manchester United and Savage backs the Dutchman to return Champions League football to Old Trafford next season.

The report is less pleasing for Arsenal fans with Arsene Wenger getting a B, Savage stressing that the Gunners are too dependent on Alexis Sanchez.

But the real slating goes to Brendan Rodgers, whose Liverpool get a D. "Oh dear - they must stick with Brendan Rodgers at Anfield, but going out of the Champions League and 9th in the Premier League isn't a patch on what he achieved last season," Savage writes.

Everton are told that they 'must do better' (C+) and Aston Villa 'need to score more goals at home where their record is truly mediocre (C+).

The worst report is given to Hull City. "Much as I like Steve Bruce, and much as his squad looks strong enough to finish in mid-table, the Tigers are running into choppy waters," Savage states. "Last season's FA Cup final is now a very distant memory."

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