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Liverpool Out Of The Picture

Liverpool are already out of the running for any domestic cup this season, and now look to be firmly out of the picture for a top four spot after it was revealed that their two most important players are sidelined with injuries.

Every fan in the Premier League knows that Liverpool rely soley on two players to win games, Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

After taking a 1-0 lead into half-time against Reading, a depleted Liverpool side emerged without either of their heroes, Torres already having been withdrawn in the first half for David N'Gog, while Gerrard was replaced by Babel during the break.

It came as no suprise that Reading were the better team in the second half, because quite frankly, not taking anything away from The Royals, the remaining Liverpool team were Championship standard.

The Merseysiders lack of depth is astonishing, how Rafa Benitez can field dross like Lucas, N'Gog, Degan, Babel and Insua is beggars belief. It is cringeworthy football and one has to feel for the supporters because the club is one of the true world greats, and now it has been brought to its knees.

There are many arguments to be made for its demise, the manager, players and owners. Maybe it is all three. It is certainly not the supporters fault, but they are the ones suffering.

So what could possibly make this season worse than it already is? Injuries to the only players capable of firing Liverpool into the Champions League.

A spokesman for Liverpool has stated: 'Steven [Gerrard] has a hamstring strain and will be out for a fortnight, while Fernando [Torres] has torn a cartilage in his right knee.'

He added that, 'the injury will require surgery and he is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.'

On top of this, it has also been confirmed that Yossi Benayoun has a fractured rib and will face three to four weeks out of action.

This dramatic turn of events means that the race for a top four spot is now wide open for Manchester City, Tottenham and Villa to fight over. Liverpool will do well to secure a Europa League place.

The remaining contenders all have healthy bank balances and if Liverpool fail to secure investment, they may fall behind the pack, especially if their prized assets leave the club.

Selling Gerrard and Torres may be the only way to save the club balancing on a knife edge, but the injury prone duo are deteriorating by the day and Liverpool may be forced to sell at knock down prices if they face any further spells on the Anfield treatment table.

There will never be a better time to take advantage of another clubs misfortune, and although one cannot deny that the Premier League would be worse off without them, it will certainly benifit from the emergence of City, Spurs and Villa as Champions League contenders for years to come.

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Writer: Lincolnsmariner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 14 2010

Time: 4:50PM

Your Comments

You have to feel for the scousers, I'm sure they weren't expecting this season to turn quite so pear shaped But you have to ask WTF Benitez was doing not signing any back up to his superstars! Rafa looks like a dead man walking to me.
fifthcolumnblue
Be interesting to hear an Everton take on this!
Johnny Baguette
I still wouldn't completely write them off - it is still early doors. But losing the 'big two' and Benayoun, it is going to be very, very difficult for them now.
BlueWolfie
Its a disaster for them.. Gerrad out for two weeks, Torres gone for SIX weeks... N'gog is their only hope up front! its just rediculous how they could fall so far, so suddenly. Benitez has signed some awful players and if they dont secure champions league football then they are in trouble, they need the money.
eighthsin
BlueWolfie, the only way I reckon Liverpool can save their season is to buy David Villa.
eighthsin
***** um
SIR TROYSTER
The buck deffo stops with the manager on this one, just how the hell did he let it go this far....still. What with all the dodgy signings of late the guy has more in common with McTaggart than he would care to admit!
RobsonGreensleeves
fills me with sadness reading about their woes! :o))
The Fear
As desperate as i am to see city reach the top 4 i would be pretty sad for liverpool as they are the only ones of the big 4 i have genuine respect for,last night was the worst liverpool team ive seen for 30 years,Rafas took them as far as he can,it needs a new bloke with new ideas they look very predictable
humpty
If you were manager, would you voluntarily walk away from 20m? No, probably not.
BlueWolfie
I don't know what you're on about, Rafa is doing a great job and has to stay
refereesfavourbig4
i can't see the yanks sacking Rafa, just like the 'other' Yanks wont sack him at the Swamp, they will resign and let the new man have the mess that they leave behind, not to mention the collossall amount of money that the man, will want in compo.20-30 million in Rafa's case(alledgedly)and it's money that neither team has. so if they resign it will let the yankee owners out of a big financial hole that they don't have to pay....
cityman51
Great news if you ask me
Lando78
They'll stick to their 4th place, mark my words. You can berate them for their poor squad, but they've won the CL with a *****ty squad!
JT_daniel
 

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