Lat­est in­jury cri­sis a fi­nal nail in man­ager’s cof­fin?

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODWINES - SAPA-AFP

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.

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