Only a few weeks ago, Liverpool was battling for the top spots of the Premier League standings with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City, and they were picked by experts as the favorites to win it all this season.
Sadly for the Reds’ fans, they aren’t as good as they believed and the two straight losses to end the year are the perfect proof of that. Despite being on a huge run that included a 5-0 win against Tottenham, Liverpool failed to produce against both Manchester City and Chelsea and the two losses dropped them in the league table.
Liverpool are now sitting fifth with 36 points in 19 matches, only two over Manchester United, and the team needs to wake up from this lackluster play before it’s too late. Just like last week against the Citizens, Liverpool started winning today against Jose Mourinho’s team, but surrendered the three points once again as Liverpool were simply unable to compete against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.
Tough defender Martin Skrtel put the Reds ahead today, but the defense started to disappear slowly in the first half, something that Eden Hazard used to his advantage to tie the game with a screamer from the edge of the box. Experienced striker Samuel Eto’o scored the second goal for Chelsea, and the hosts ended up winning a tough contest that allows them to keep putting pressure on Arsenal’s back.
The Premier League has been incredibly tight this season, and Liverpool still have chances to make something this year thanks to their start to the year. But, in order to end up in the top four once everything is said and done, Liverpool needs to compete on a weekly basis and fight against being complacent. It’s the only way to secure results against teams they are expected to defeat.