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Tuesday 2 September 2014

Five moments that may cost Liverpool the Premier League

Declan Whooley

Published 29/04/2014 | 12:58

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Liverpool's Steven Gerrard appears dejected during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard appears dejected during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield

Steven Gerrard’s slip-up against Chelsea could prove to be a pivotal moment in the title race, but here are five other moments that could cost the reds dearly

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Jordan Henderson red card v Man City

At the start of the season few would have imagined that the absence of often maligned Jordan Henderson would have an adverse effect on the team, but he has been integral to their impressive season and was badly missed against Chelsea.

His dismissal against City was the only blemish on a vital win at Anfield, but his energy would have been ideally suited to counter Mourinho’s game plan.

Lucas was ineffective on the day and Henderson’s absence was keenly noted.

Kolo Toure v West Brom

The centre-half has struggled badly at times and has had some comical moments (not if you are a Reds supporter) at the heart of the defence. The former City player was at fault against Hull City (more on that later) and scored an own-goal of Djimi Traore (FA Cup v Burnley) proportions against Fulham before a Gerrard penalty snatched a dramatic win. His blunder at the Hawthorns was more costly however.

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The away side dominated West Brom but had just one goal to show for their efforts, before a woeful back pass gifted Victor Anichebe the opportunity to equalise.

Capitulation at the KC

The worst performance of the season bar none and a defensive shocker from all concerned. The Tigers claimed their first ever win over the Reds and while Gerrard gave hope with a free-kick to level matters, it wasn’t enough to start a comeback.

David Meyler restored the home side’s lead when Toure and Skrtel got in each other’s way while the Slovakian capped a miserable afternoon with an own goal just before the finish.

Sturridge loss of form

It’s hard to point the finger of blame at a man who has bagged 20 Premier League goals and made the PFA Team of the Year, but his drop in form has been stark. Desperately poor when he came off the bench against Chelsea, he has failed to score in their last four games, and was left left on the bench for the Norwich and Chelsea encounters.

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The English striker has formed a dearly partnership with Luis Suarez, but his omission from the side has altered the strategy somewhat and certainly an in-form Sturridge would have caused the Chelsea rearguard more problems.

Offside at the Etihad?

Few teams get change out of City at the Etihad, but Liverpool were desperately unlucky not to leave Manchester with at least a share of the spoils. Philippe Coutinho gave Liverpool the lead but City fought back with Alvaro Negredo ultimately scoring the winner. Raheem Sterling had a great chance to level matters, and did have the ball in the net at one stage only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.

It was a very poor decision from the officials and with the momentum of a goal, the visitors would have fancied their chances of leaving with at least a point.

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