After spending over £100m since the arrival of Kenny Dalglish in January last year, everyone expected Liverpool to pose a challenge for the Premier League title or atleast the third place.
But looking at the Premier League table it looks impossible for them finish third and finishing fourth also looks like an outside bet. They are currently in 7th place, a massive 27 points behind league leaders Manchester City and 10 points behind 4th placed Arsenal.
So, even after spending so much during the transfer windows, where has it gone wrong? Into The Top Corner looks at the five players who are not good enough for the Liverpool first team.
1. Jordan Henderson
Everyone were surprised when Liverpool spent £20m for Sunderland’s young midfielder in the summer, and rightly so. He was poor for the England U21s at the Euro 2011 in Denmark, and has been inconsistent all season, capping a dismal showing at Wembley against Cardiff. He is young and talented and could come good in the future, but now he is not worthy of a place in the starting XI.
2. Jamie Carragher
He is a Liverpool legend having served the club and been in the first team for more than 15 years. His defensive error which led the Arsenal’s equalise in the match at Anfield proved that he is passed his peak and no more a vital member of the first team.
3. Stewart Downing
Downing may have picked up a man-of-the-match award against Cardiff at Wembley, but as an attack-minded winger in a team desperate for goals, one stat in particular says it all: 23 Premier League games for the Red, 0 goals and 0 assists. That’s simply unacceptable, particularly when he signed to deliver crosses for Andy Carroll to head in.
4. Jay Spearing
Liverpool were just one victory away from fourth spot when Lucas Leiva suffered a season-ending injury against Chelsea in the Carling Cup. It provided Jay Spearing with an excellent opportunity to step in and impress, but his most memorable contributions have been getting sent off at Fulham and giving the ball away cheaply for a Manchester United second goal at Old Trafford.
5. Andy Carroll
Although the big man’s performance have improved and has scored couple of goals lately, would he get anywhere near Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea, Spurs or Arsenal’s first team? in fact, he wouldn’t even get back in Newcastle’s starting XI, where Demba Ba’s 16 goals in 22 Premier League games this season is just one shy of Carroll’s total in 39 Championship outings for the Toon.