Same old story at Anfield as reds rely on Luis Suarez show

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Sunday 04 November 2012 - 4:00 pm
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Liverpool 1-1 Newcastle

Ten games in to the season and Liverpool have two solitary wins to show, as the same old problems up front continue to haunt Liverpool.

Suarez scored a fabulous goal for the equaliser

Suarez scored a fabulous goal for the equaliser

With only a quarter of the season gone, Liverpool are almost 13 points off the Premier League pacesetters - at the present rate of points-gathering Liverpool could see themselves struggling to get 40 points, and could find themselves an equal number off the eventual champions.

The reds dominated the majority of the game at Anfield, but once again - Luis Suarez aside - Liverpool have 10 players incapable of scoring.  Steven Gerrard, making his 600th appearance, is a shadow of his former self - and questions can quite rightly be asked if he deserves his place in every starting line up.  Jonjo Shelvey - for all his inability to finish - at least gets in the positions to support Suarez.

It was Yohan Cabaye who scored Newcastle's opener at the end of the first half.  Completely against the run of play - but highlighting yet again the importance of a solid defence - and a lethal front-line who take the chances they are afforded.  His volley from inside the area led many fans to suggest it would be 'another of those days'.

Suarez could have had a penalty early in the half when he was felled by Coloccini.  Well - he could have had a penalty if he wasn't Luis Suarez.

Both Suarez and Sterling provided most of Liverpool's meek threat in the first half - but they weren't helped by Allen and Gerrard behind them - both guilty of some stray passes and dwelling on the ball.

Luis Suarez' second half goal did provide some comfort for the Kop.  A long range pass from Enrique was chested down by the Uruguayan before he took one touch round Tim Krul, and then another to tap it in to the net.

1-1.

Liverpool should have scored, both thanks to the creator-in-chief Suarez.  First he found Shelvey who fumbled and then Sterling, who hesitated before firing in the shot - the shot being blocked.

Late on Coloccini (who had been kicking lumps out of Suarez all game) eventually got the red card his performance deserved.  The ball was long gone when Coloccini aimed a stamp at Suarez's tibia.

Luckily he didn't connect - or Suarez and Liverpool's season really would be over.

11 points from 10 games.  Awful.  And there are 10 games to come before Fenway can even contemplate amending the massive errors they made in the transfer window.

2 comments on
Same old story at Anfield as reds rely on Luis Suarez show

  1. I’m sorry Gerrard is a shadow of his former self? Yes he’s declining (slower than your suggesting though) but I read a few days ago that Suarez and Gerrard have either scored or assisted over 75% of all our goals this season, I think that statistic in itself warrants that as long as the squad we have remains the same, Gerrard should be the second name on the team sheet, especially given we are struggling for goals…

  2. What I think we need in the squad is a good striker that can deliver for us. We are playing good football but we need to get goal form back.

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