It’s an obvious and critical question. It’s one all Liverpool supporters have been asking themselves since the beginning of the season. Qualification for the Champions League, the only European tournament to be involved in, puts Liverpool back amongst the footballing elite plus it’s worth millions in additional revenue. I’m pretty sure a top four finish was the minimum target set by John Henry and Tom Werner at the beginning of the season. I mean they’ll have a new stadium to fill and pay for after all. So with more than half the season over, Liverpool in 7th spot and 5 points adrift of 4th place, can they do it?
The answer has to be a definite yes. The caveat is(here comes the obvious) Liverpool have to start winning their home games and at the same time maintain their current away form. It’s no easy task. There are nine home games remaining with the next three against Spurs, Everton and Arsenal. Can they win all nine points? On their current home form you’d be wise not to rush to the bookies and bet your house on it but these are the type of matches Dalglish and Liverpool thrive on and raise their game for, unlike those against the likes of Blackburn, Sunderland etc. Yeah I know we drew with United & City, but we should have won both these matches.
I honestly thought this season Liverpool were going to learn their lesson and win the majority of their home games, especially against mid to lower table teams. But frustratingly this has not been the case. How can we forget the fact we’d have won the league in 2008/09 if we hadn’t drawn 11 matches, 7 of them at home. That one still hurts. And guess what? Already this season Liverpool have drawn 11 games, 7 of them at home. So what’s going to make the difference to making the top four?
A Robbie Fowler. A young Michael Owen. An Ian Rush. A Kenny Dalglish. A clinical finisher. I know Dalglish is saying he won’t be buying anyone during the January transfer window but surely there’s room for a naturally gifted striker to play alongside the outstanding Suarez. Maybe with Gerrard’s return we’ll see the partnership of Suarez and Carroll gel and start to produce the return we have all been praying for, but I’m not convinced. Liverpool need a quality finisher if they want that top four finish.
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