Liverpool’s regression this season has been described as ‘staggering’ by former Manchester United star Mike Duxbury.
Brendan Rodgers has overseen a dramatic slump in form so far this campaign as his side have slipped from a second placed finish last term to ninth place so far this time around.
“United seem to be in a much better position than Liverpool at the minute which is surprising if you were to look at the end of last season,” says Duxbury. “Liverpool have gone the other way so quickly that it’s surprising. They seem to be a bunch of individuals than a team. Some might say they should have won the league last year so to be so far behind this year is staggering.”
Apologists for the Anfield outfit have pointed to Luis Suarez’s transfer to Barcelona as the obvious catalyst while some have also suggested that Mario Balotelli was signed as a scapegoat-in-the-making by Rodgers. Balotelli was recently charged after posting an inflammatory image over social networking, indicating that trouble will continue to follow the controversial forward.
Still, despite these differences in the side, Duxbury believes there is no excuse for the scale of the decline. “Suarez was obviously going to be a big loss but you would still expect a lot better,” he insists. “People are blaming Balotelli, blaming the loss of Suarez… sure, he scored a lot of goals, but what about the team supplying him? They should have been a lot better than they have been so far. Even in wins they haven’t been convincing.”
Liverpool have followed up three defeats in the League with three undefeated while United have
As is often stated in encounters between the two, Duxbury confesses he subscribes to the opinion that the form book goes out of the window.
“Form doesn’t count in these kind of games, only a fool would make a prediction. At Anfield, the atmosphere sometimes has a big impact, let’s hope that United are up to the test,” he says.