Latest injury crisis a final nail in manager’s coffin?
LIVERPOOL’S season went from bad to worse when club captain Steven Gerrard, star striker Fernando Alonso and playmaker Yossi Benayoun were all ruled out through injury, just a day after the club’s FA Cup defeat at home to second-tier Reading.
This season Liverpool had been tipped to win their first English title since 1990 but now find themselves 12 points behind leaders Chelsea, having already exited the Champions League at the group stage.
So what has gone wrong? Benitez has often been accused of excessive caution in the way he sets his teams up for Premier League matches, with critics alleging this puts too much of a burden upon Torres and Gerrard to score goals. Few clubs have managed to be successful on the field against a backdrop of boardroom strife.
The fractious relationship between American coowners George Gillett and Tom Hicks has destabilised a club looking for finance.