Sly Boots wrote:As an Arsenal fan I'm assuming you didn't watch the majority of our games, but the fact is this season, especially at Anfield, it did actually seem as though every goalie we faced played a worldie. Vorm springs to mind, but he was far from the only one.
I really don't think Liverpool deserved to be any higher than 8th (you could argue they should be higher than Everton, but they had an amazing finish to the season). They certainly played well and lost a few games I'll give you that, but Liverpool relied heavily on Suarez who isn't an out and out finisher and they suffered for it and if you can't score you don't deserve to win. Their midfield was a shambles, with players like Henderson and Downing and Gerrard had a pretty poor season. The defence didn't really do the team any favours with only 12 cleansheets in 38 games, and if you're not scoring you need to be keeping clean sheets.
So I really don't think there was any narrow margin between Liverpools season.
I agree with the first bit quoted, and I think two factors, both of which I vocally protested on other LFC forums, hit us. First one was not getting in cover for Lucas in the summer - nobody else seemed to think it was a problem "because we have Spearing", but I just knew we were an injury to him away from being in serious trouble. The fact that our pre-Lucas injury form (over Christmas) was good enough to almost counter our inability to win any games in 2012 shows that, had we brought in proper cover, our season could have been better.
Second factor was I could see in August we were woefully short up front - Suarez is a very good no10 but you can't really count on him for more than 15 or so goals a season (he got 17 in the end, all comps). He had a good season for Ajax, with nearly 50 goals, but I've seen stats that in terms of finishing, he's been the same at both clubs (essentially, he needs to get 8 chances to score 1, in Holland he was just getting a lot more chances).
Our failure to bring in a striker in January when this was painfully apparent by now to everyone - and when players like Jelavic and Cisse were available on the cheap - was simply inexcusable.
As for narrow margins... an MUFC fan I know sent me this link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/footba ... rrors.html
It seems the adage about ref errors evening themselves out over the course of a season wasn't true for us.
My face is tired.