Before Liverpool’s season lurches into the abyss the Reds have the opportunity to try and gain a measure of respect by winning their last two Champions League games and progressing into the knockout stages beginning with this visit to Ludogrets.
In the home fixture Liverpool were lucky to escape with a home win scoring in the last minute from a penalty following a ridiculous challenge in the box by a Ludogrets defender and they will need to be on the receiving end of more gifts if they are going to progress through to the next round.
Against Palace the shortcomings in attack were painfully exposed and although Lambert scored the opener after only 90 seconds any hopes that Liverpool were going to start adding to their goal difference in a positive way were quickly extinguished. One shot on goal tells you everything you need to know of a club shorn of its world class strike force.
If the goals are going to come then they are going to come from a midfield of Sterling, Henderson, Allen and Coutinho and at the moment that just doesn’t look like a likely scenario. Liverpool will continue to dally at the back and then proceed to give the ball away as they venture forward.
Rodgers has to change things up and begin to look like a man who knows how to get out of this mess which is largely if not totally of his own making. Persisting with Gerrard in the “quarterback” role is not working and he would surely be far more effective used in short bursts in the opposition half of the field.
Likewise the perverse insistence on playing Johnson, even when he is being played out of position needs to be rectified and quickly because he is a man clearly badly out of form.
Where’s the money going then?
Ludogrets are an enticing 3/1 at Betvictor and that has to be the bet to make. It will take a monumental turn around in on the pitch fortune for Liverpool to win this game.