There are many contentious views about the season Liverpool has endured. Many believe there are a variety of barometers that should be expedient in measuring Liverpool’s season.. It was always the assumption that the Champions League was the key objective interspersed with an impressive cup run being an added bonus. Breaking back into the top four would ensure higher revenue which in turn would be spent on attracting a better calibre of player to mount a serious title challenge.
What is safe to assume is that Champions League football won’t be coming anytime soon. Mathematically impossible at this current juncture and not to mention the squad simply isn’t good enough even with the recent additions over the summer. There are number of factors behind Liverpool’s bizarre season. A simpleton can pin the blame on the manager but one has to delve deeper into the club and analyse why they have been so inconsistent.
With club lynchpin Steven Gerrard missing for half the season, one can point to his lack of influence and charisma around the club for having a rather imbalanced start to the season. The poor showing of the new pool of British talent recruited by Kenny over the summer has also illustrated the clubs fall from grace. Barring Jose Enrique, the three British Geordies have hardly illustrated an iota of the money the club paid for their services.
The eight game suspension that hit Liverpool star Luis Suarez didn’t help matters. The racism charge mingled with strife within the clubs hierarchy put the club in a negative spotlight with Kenny Dalglish drawing the ire of the press for “staunchly defending a racist” as one southern based journalist so “eloquently” put it. Instead of concentrating on football matches the club was being thrown to the wolves, unjustly so in my opinion.
Coupled with striking the bar and post on at least thirty-one occasions, (Jonjo became another victim yesterday) the club would have been much higher in the league with a better goal return. Liverpool have even dominated most of the games they have played in barring the Tottenham game at the start of the season and the game against Manchester City away, they have been pretty faultless. With a handful of wins at home this season, Kenny surely has to be mindful that luck can only be a decisive factor in so many games. It is evident a finisher is required with the utmost urgency.
But to add to the dramatic season Liverpool have had a fantastic cup run, to be correct two cup runs, that have seen them take the road to Wembley and claim the Carling Cup with the FA Cup waiting to be added to the trophy cabinet. The match against Cardiff was a typical Liverpool final, putting the fans through a tumbler before coming out the other-side unscathed. The final against Chelsea will surely define the season for Liverpool and a win there will gloss over the pain of missing out on the Champions League places, but this is where a bit of patience is required.
Two cups and a Europa League spot shall suffice for this season but the league is the bread and butter of the club that has prided itself on winning it on eighteen separate occasions. The summer will be critical for Kenny as he has to add at least three fresh new faces, Perhaps a pair of wingers and a top drawer centre forward to help take the burden off Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. If he does that and Liverpool at least mounts a serious assault on the Champions League positions, the fans will be content. If he doesn’t then even the King may be subject to a coup as impatience has become apart of this elite league.
I personally feel that the club with the two cup runs and European football guaranteed next season has made the season a decent success. I wouldn’t swap trophies for a Champions League spot but it is a necessity. A finish above Everton would also provide bragging rights and an extra £750,000 pounds, so all is not lost in the league. But I must reiterate Kenny needs to buy shrewdly and move out some of the dead wood in the club as he did last year.