Liverpool FC: 5 Players Who Have Disappointed This Season
It's pretty much become common knowledge that Liverpool have had a season marked by ups and downs, impressive wins and humiliating defeats.
However, even in this chaotic time, certain players have managed to shine out and enjoy perhaps their best-ever season with the club, as they pushed for the unlikely place that ensures European football next year.
Unfortunately, there's also the other part to this story: the players who became victims of these turbulent times and disappointed the supporters.
Read on to find out the five players who stand out as the biggest disappointments of the Reds' season so far.
Martin Skrtel is probably this season's biggest disappointment.
The strong, robust defender, who was one of the best Liverpool players last season, has struggled mightily in the new passing-oriented system implemented by Rodgers.
Rodgers' recent reluctance to start him ahead of Jamie Carragher, an average and mistake-prone defender (let's face it, Carragher's best days are way behind him), speaks volumes about his place in the team.
Moreover, with Zenit interested in signing Skrtel, it now seems his future lies outside Anfield.
Following his big-money move to Anfield, Joe Allen was expected to spearhead the revolution initiated by the newly appointed Brendan Rodgers.
And in the first few months, Allen did provide the spark that started the revolution, but as the time slowly passed, the midfielder's form gave away.
After a string of disappointing and anonymous displays, Rodgers decided to drop him to the bench. The move paid off almost instantly: The Reds looked a more formidable side and put in some of their best performances without the former Swansea midfielder.
Allen has shown he can be a vital part of the Reds' future plans, but he is yet to justify his price tag.
Perhaps the best defensive midfielder in the Premier League on his day has once again been troubled by serious injury problems this season.
Merely weeks after completing his recovery from the injury that ended his last season prematurely, in August, Lucas sustained a new injury that ruled him out for the next three months.
Since his last recovery, the Brazilian played out 17 league matches but failed to dominate the middle of the park and generally provided less cover for the often-exposed center-backs.
Lucas should shoulder the blame for some of Liverpool's shaky defensive performances.
Brendan Rodgers' first signing in Liverpool failed to light up the league with his performances.
In fact, since his switch to Anfield, Fabio Borini has spent more time on the sidelines than actually playing.
And even when he was playing, the forward was far from impressive—the former Chelsea and Roma man is yet to record his first Premier League goal or assist.
With injuries constantly bothering the Italian, it appears he is too fragile for the rough English style of play—Borini will need to toughen up in order to avoid going down in history as Rodgers' first poor transfer signing.
Pepe Reina is arguably in his worst-ever campaign with Liverpool.
The Spaniard's saves-to-shots ratio has been steadily declining ever since Rafael Benitez left the club and currently stands at the almost-record low 66 percent (his worst save percentage was under Roy Hodgson when it stood at 63 percent).
Inconsistency has been a huge problem for Rodgers so far, and no other player highlights it better than Reina, who is going from conceding ridiculous goals to making world-class saves on a weekly basis.
Who are your five biggest disappointments of the season?
All statistical data courtesy of LiverpoolEcho.co.uk, WhoScored.com and EPLindex.com.