Liverpool are no longer a force to be reckoned with

100/1 to win the Premier League this season. Says a lot really.

For years and years now, Liverpool have failed to live up to expectations on the domestic front, however this season it’s not just the domestic form that’s let them down, as we all know by now, they failed to progress from the Champions League group stages, leaving their season in tatters.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Portsmouth, who currently sit slap bang last in the table, leaves Rafa Benitez’ men 14 points behind leaders Chelsea and more worryingly than that, 8 points off a Champions League spot. Benitez recently promised his critics that Liverpool will finish in the top four this season, however I really can’t see that happening at the moment.

Just last season, playing Liverpool was a tough match no matter who you were. This season, playing Liverpool  is like trying to eat a pistachio nut. Difficult to open up at first, but once you do, it’s not hard at all.

The loss of Xabi Alonso last summer has obviously played a huge part in Liverpool’s season to date, however I believe it’s too easy to blame your poor form on the sale of one player. Sticking with Benitez really does baffle me. I understand there are underlying financial issues involved, however whats the point in sticking with a manager who clearly isn’t doing his job?

When Gerrard and Torres are out injured, at least Liverpool have an excuse for their poor performances, however even with them in the side recently, they have looked a shadow of the side they were this time last season.

No matter what way you look at it, Liverpool are no longer a force to be reckoned with.

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