Keith Mann says after all the praise they received last season, it is remarkable how far Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers have fallen. While there is still plenty of time to right the ship, Liverpool are sinking fast in all competitions.
They have already been knocked out of the Champions League, while a top four Premier League finish is looking very difficult. Their immediate concern is a trip to Manchester United, where they won 3-0 last season.
It may only have been a few months ago, but so much has changed since Liverpool drubbed United 3-0 in the spring. United have sacked their manager, hired Louis van Gaal, and spent close to 120 million pounds on new players. For their part, Liverpool sold the third best player in the world and replaced him inadequately.
Soccer pundit Paul Scholes believes that Liverpool have “no chance” of beating Manchester United if they continue their current pattern of play. He was thoroughly disappointed with their performance against Basel. In a home game that Liverpool desperately needed to win, Rodgers only started with one striker.
That center forward was eventually taken off and replaced by Martin Skrtel, a central defender. Skrtel toiled up front for more than half an hour without any rewards. If Liverpool employ similar tactics at Old Trafford, they will be soundly beaten by a resurgent Manchester United team.