This season has been difficult for Liverpool. The Reds have been in shocking patches of form since January but now have a top four finish in their own hands. Manchester United star Harry Maguire shows perfectly why Liverpool have still had a good season.
Why have Liverpool struggled?
This is a question with a simple yet boring answer.
I say boring because for some reason rival fans and pundit have decided that because the reason has been around for so long it is no longer a relevant excuse.
Liverpool have suffered the worst injury crisis the division has ever seen.
Every one of the club’s senior centre backs have been ruled out for the season, the starting partnership didn’t even make it to December.
Furthermore there have been fitness issues elsewhere in the squad (the skipper has missed the second half of the season) and injuries have caused players to play out of position.
Top four scrap
The Reds managed alright with the injuries until January.
We were top at Christmas but the wheels came off a week later.
This was to be expected, absentees were piling up and fatigue was setting in because rotation options were so limited.
Now Jürgen Klopp’s side know that winning each of their remaining games could be enough for a top four finish but it will be by the skin of their teeth.
Harry Maguire relevance to Liverpool
Liverpool just battered Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Reds recorded an historic win and one which was much needed.
Harry Maguire was injured for the Liverpool visit and his absence from the defence was a glaring one.
Gary Neville was one of a host of pundits to point out how sorely he was missed by United.
Just how much the Red Devils fell off without the defender is evidence of how even scraping a top four finish is a success for Liverpool this season.
United collapsed with one player missing. We’ve been without our starting partnership and their backup and at times the backup’s backup.
Even being in with a sniff at the moment is something to be proud of given the challenges faced.