Liverpool: Remembering the 2011-12 EPL Season (Game 1/38)
Liverpool's disappointing season came to an end on the 13th of May. Although not worth remembering, it has been record-breaking historically, breaking a 40-year-old record and breaking a 19-year streak of placing above eighth place in the Premier League.
The Reds suffered injuries to vital players—Lucas and Steven Gerrard—and odd red cards—especially Pepe Reina and Doni's—that resulted in poor form.
They also lacked consistency and confidence, although that showed later in mid-season after Lucas' season-ending injury.
Liverpool's form—for a club that was always a top-four contender—was nothing to be jealous of in the 2011-12 season.
Although it was Kenny Dalglish's first full season at the club, the team sunk to a new low even with spending £56.4 million this season (almost £100 million if you count Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll's transfer in the January window).
Even the proud and loyal fans couldn't stand by, throwing highly critical remarks towards the club, players and manager. Many called for Dalglish to abdicate the throne, that he was not good enough to manage, using Alan Shearer as an example. (Shearer was a major force in relegating Newcastle United.) A legend he may be, a manager he suits not.
Speculation had mounted during the upcoming weeks regarding his post and escalated into a full-on rumor battle as the Liverpool manager and his second-in-command Steve Clarke traveled to the United States for a board meeting with FSG.
The trip amounted to this: FSG was not happy with the way things had gone this season. In turn, the group terminated Dalglish's two-year contract and mutually parted ways.
This is a dark and stormy time for Liverpool, but as always, there is a song that seems to fit Liverpool and one of the verses asks us to hold our heads up high and don't be afraid of the dark....
Liverpool is going through a transitional period, evidenced by the lack of a director of football, physiologist, head of press and manager. They've failed to break ground on a new stadium as well, but these are tough times and call for tough love. FSG are shaking Liverpool to build towards a new future and glory.
It's about time someone did—22 years without a domestic title under their belt is a long time.
Now, to look at all 38 games (in 38 days) starting with:
August 13: Sunderland (H)
The season kicked off at Anfield as visitors Sunderland looked to snatch a win against a newly reinforced Liverpool.
It was the first Liverpool appearance in the Barclays Premier League for Jose Enrique, Stewart Downing, Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson.
John Flanagan got the nod at right-back, and Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez led the attack in their first full season at the club.
Defense: Carragher (yellow 45'), Flanagan, Agger, Enrique
Midfield: Henderson (yellow 60', off 71'), Lucas, Adam (yellow 60'), Downing
Attack: Carroll, Suarez (goal 12', off 65')
Substitutes: Meireles (on 71'), Spearing, Ngog, Doni, Robinson, Kelly, Kuyt (on 65', yellow 72')
Defense: Bardsley (yellow 90'+2), Brown, Ferdinand, Richardson (yellow 6')
Midfield: Elmohamady, Colback, Sessegnon, Cattermole (yellow 27')
Attack: Larsson (goal 57', yellow 78', off 81'), Gyan (off 66')
Substitutes: Bramble, Gardner, Wickham, Ji (on 66'), Westwood, Laing, Vaughn (on 81')
The match ended a drab 1-1, Suarez scoring for the Reds and Sebastian Larsson scoring for the Black Cats.
Read the full match report here.
Match Stats: (Home / Away)
Total shots: 14 / 14
Shots on target: 3 / 4
Shot accuracy: 23% / 30%
Possession: 60% / 40 %
Offsides: 1 / 2
Corners 6 / 3
Total passes: 480 / 316
Passing accuracy: 76.5% / 76.3%
Total crosses: 21 / 20
Successful crosses: 38.1% / 25%
Tackles: 18 / 16
Tackles won: 72% / 94%
Fouls conceded: 17 / 13
Yellow cards: 4 / 4
Red cards: 0 / 0
Liverpool Form: W, D, L (H) / w, d, l (A)
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Liverpool: Remembering the 2011-12 EPL Season (Game 2/38)
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