JIMMY PILNICK (Huyton) - Too many star players have left in recent years
With the season in its home straight, seven points from our last three games represents a very satisfactory return, especially given the key players we鈥檝e got missing. Trust Liverpool to drop points in the most winnable of those three games, though!
Jürgen Klopp took a big gamble starting with a young and unfamiliar line-up at Stoke, one that didn鈥檛 look like paying off at half time as the Reds trailed following a forgettable first half.
Of course, the introduction of Coutinho and Firmino completely transformed the game and Liverpool were unrecognisable from the side that had laboured through the opening 45 minutes.
Firmino鈥檚 winner, reminiscent of Robbie Fowler鈥檚 goal in the 2001 League Cup final, was the most sweetly struck shot you鈥檒l see all season. Then it was down to Simon Mignolet to produce a miraculous save from Berahino to add to his earlier one from Charlie Adam.
Daniel Sturridge's cameo was a pleasing sight, and regardless of his future beyond the summer, his availability in these next six games could be crucial given Mane and Lallana's absence.
Coutinho has played his way back into form and FSG need to do everything in their power to keep him at Anfield. Too many star players have left in recent years, and you can鈥檛 hope to progress if that keeps happening. Klopp will be all too aware of that from his time at Dortmund.
A season of domestic football has pushed this current squad to breaking point in terms of injuries. If Liverpool are in the Champions League next season and want to compete in that competition as well as the league, the squad needs major reinforcements and Klopp needs to be backed properly in the summer.
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First thing is first, we need to get there. With Arsenal in disarray, Man City remaining unconvincing and Man Utd focusing on Europe, a top four place is there for the taking. Three more points against Tony Pulis and his uncompromising West Brom side on Sunday will be very welcome.
This is of course the most poignant time of the year as Saturday marks the 28th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. Last year鈥檚 inquest verdicts were a watershed moment in the fight for trust and justice, a fight that continues.
To the 96, their families, the survivors and everybody who fought to make that day in Warrington possible ?you鈥檒l never walk alone.
ROBERT STORRY (City Centre) - Line-up at Stoke emphasised the lack of depth in the squad
The turnaround at Stoke was unexpected, but certainly most welcome, and a real confidence booster going into the final stretch of the season.
The starting line-up emphasised the severe lack of depth in the squad, and had a very unfamiliar and inexperienced look about it attacking-wise.
If the Brazillian duo weren鈥檛 100% fit to play from the start, then it certainly didn鈥檛 show when they came on to turn the game in spectacular fashion. The decision to switch the defensive formation worked to an extent, and is something that we should be able to rotate between going forward, depending on the style and quality of our opposition.
Simon Mignolet has come in for criticism this season, and often justifiably so. However on Saturday he was absolutely superb, with one save from Berahino towards the end being sensational. If he can produce that form without any further errors, then we may not need to look to sign a top goalkeeper during the summer.
Ben Woodburn did his chances no harm at all with a comfortable first-half performance in which he looked more like an experienced professional, than an academy player. He shows a confidence on the ball and isn鈥檛 afraid to put himself about. In among a stronger side, he will only blossom in the future.
Fourth place place or even third is well within our grasp now, and it will surely only be due to our own downfall, or an unlikely Leicester City triumph, if we fail to qualify for the Champions League now.
Complacency which crept in against Bournemouth must be avoided, and chances to kill off games must be taken, to give ourselves every chance of bringing Europe's top clubs back to Anfield once again.
MARK BAKER (Huyton) - Liverpool find themselves at a crossroads
Just as last season鈥檚 Europa League final, Liverpool find themselves at a crossroads in their recent history.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League would continue to paralyse the club progression financially, impact the ability to attract a higher calibre of player and retain the clubs prized asset in Phillippe Coutinho.
Liverpool鈥檚 must then set about acquiring players in the defensive third without the capacity for regular individual errors.
Dejan Lovren excelled in the derby, however followed it up with an error strewn display at Stoke in which two clear cut chances resulted from his erratic positioning/decision making.
Lovren, like others in Klopp鈥檚 side will continue to make these mistakes, he has done for three years, in spite of training ground guidance and the pattern will not change, until it is addressed in terms of changing personnel.
GRAHAM AGG (Netherton) - Klopp will need to bring in top players - and keep his own best performers
After picking up an excellent seven points from three tricky matches versus Everton and Bournemouth at home plus Stoke City away, things are looking a lot more promising in regard to Champions League qualification although anyone who thinks it is now a formality had better think again.
Liverpool now face two potential massive banana skins in the forthcoming matches versus West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns and at Anfield versus a resurgent Crystal Palace. They recently against all the odds even won at Stamford Bridge versus Champions-elect Chelsea and hammered Arsenal in to submission - winning 3-0 on Monday.
We all know how Tony Pulis's WBA will line up against LFC, it will be the usual long ball game, deadly at set pieces and Liverpool will need to be defensively strong, not allow themselves to be bullied otherwise they will endure the same fate as Arsenal did recently as they were outfought and bullied out of the match and ended up suffering a 1-3 defeat.
Klopp suffered his first home defeat in the Premier League against Palace under the stewardship of Alan Pardew and will be wary of suffering the same fate under the the football dinosaur and Palace manager Sam Allardyce.
Liverpool have responded well as their resources have been stretched to the limit with the loss through injury of the influential captain Jordan Henderson, along with arguably Liverpool's two best players this season Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane.
This summer will prove to LFC's worldwide support just how ambitious owners Fenway Sports Group & Messrs John Henry & Tom Werner are about returning the club to the pinnacle of English & European football.
Because if Jurgen Klopp does complete his minor miracle on returning LFC to once again dine at Europe's top table in the UEFA Champions League, this would have been achieved after making an actual profit in transfer dealings during the last two transfer windows.
Klopp will need to bring in top players AND keep his best players, the likes of Coutinho & Firmino, Lallana and Henderson.
Any sign once again that LFC are willing to offload any of the above named players will result in serious repercussions for the owners from the LFC support.
The fans have had enough of LFC selling their best players, the genius Luis Suarez, Mascherano, Torres, Alonso, amongst many others who have been allowed to move on for vast profit well before their sell by date - definitely NOT the so-called Liverpool Way.
Messrs Henry and Werner need to show they are deadly serious in taking LFC to the next level, with the correct financial and moral backing the sky is truly the limit because in my opinion LFC already have the best manager in European football, particularly for his motivational skills, in Jurgen Norbert Klopp.