Liverpool Held By Stoke: Manchester United Win Is Obsolete

Karen PatelCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2008

Well, I commented on a fellow writer's article last week that if Liverpool did not gain maximum points against Stoke at Anfield then the victory against Manchester United will mean nothing.

I'm sticking to my guns.

Yes, our team had a goal disallowed and it dominated for the whole 90 minutes, but teams challenging for the Premiership have the ability to turn draws into wins. That is Liverpool's main downfall, and the problem seems to have reared its ugly head once again.

I thought Rafa's boys had finally kicked that bad habit after the early season victories against Middlesbrough and Sunderland, but no Red could find the net on Saturday and the fans can't help but be disappointed.

There were match winners all over the pitch—Steven Gerrard, Fernando Torres, and Robbie Keane to name a few. Yet no one could score. Any confidence gained after the wins against Man U and Marseille is surely dented after such a lacklustre performance.

The only positive to take from Saturday is Pepe Reina's clean sheet, which isn't surprising with Stoke playing ten men behind the ball.

Don't get me wrong—I don't expect Liverpool to win every game, and sometimes luck just isn't on our team's side. I also appreciate that the great Liverpool teams of the past were not perfect and had their fair share of bad days.

The quality of the current teams in the Premiership, however, is immense, and I just hope that the two points dropped at Anfield on Saturday doesn't cost the squad later on in the campaign.

Next up is Crewe in the Carling Cup on Tuesday, and hopefully the team will score a few to get itself up and running again. Robbie Keane must play—it will be the perfect game in which to break his goalscoring drought.