Liverpool FC: Will the Reds Flounder Against Sunderland This Weekend Too?

Michael KohCorrespondent IIISeptember 7, 2012

Liverpool Fans Watching the 2-0 Loss to Arsenal at Home
Liverpool Fans Watching the 2-0 Loss to Arsenal at HomeAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool play away at Sunderland this Saturday at 12:30pm ET. 

The Reds haven't had a full three points yet this season, losing their first match of the season to West Bromwich Albion, a team that former Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke now manages.

Liverpool then went on to play to a 2-2 draw against 2011 Premier League winners Manchester City (which should have been a 2-1 Liverpool win), and of course, a gut-wrenching 2-0 loss at home against Arsenal

The team isn't doing too well at the moment.

We've seen flashes of Brendan Rodgers' style. Pass and move, pass and move, attack the ball, keep the pressure—yes, it's all there. But just like last season, the finishing is still missing. You can pass the ball 30 times and work it into the box, but if there is no finish, goals will not be there. 

This time around, it'll be more of the same.

You see, Sunderland has six strikers on their senior squad to choose from. Liverpool on the other hand have just two experienced senior strikers

You saw what happened after Fabio Borini was taken off for Stewart Downing against Arsenal. Packing the midfield to try to quieten the terrier that was Santi Cazorla and leaving Luis Suarez playing up alone didn't work out. The Reds don't have back-up strikers. What gives? It doesn't help that Lucas is out too. 

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The fans are becoming increasingly agitated. If positive performances don't start showing, there will be many infuriated Liverpool fans calling for FSG's head—if there aren't any right now. 

It's obvious the team wants to win. The results don't show it, of course. How could it, when Rodgers implemented his style just four months ago

They have, however, embraced Rodgers' philosophy. You can see that in the manner in which they play.

The team just needs to concentrate and not make unforgivable mistakes like Martin Skrtel's back pass that led to Carlos Tevez equalizing for Man City.

How long will this terrible form last? 


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