Liverpool, Sept 24: No win in five games for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool marks the club's worst start in over a century. The Reds didn't deserve the 2-1 loss at Anfield against Manchester United but referee Mark Halsey was criticised for many controversial decisions.
Three losses and two draws in five games brings back memories of 1911, 101 years back when Liverpool managed to secure only two points. Hanging on 18th place, Rodgers' new side have already conceded 10 goals and scored just four.
Lack of a prolific strikers may be one of the problems but what Liverpool actually need is to convert all that possession into goalscoring chances. Apart from that, Reds have failed to keep a clean sheet this season.
Rodgers new philosophy worked perfectly in the first half as Sir Alex Ferguson's Red Devils were totally outclassed. But Liverpool failed to create clear-cut chances despite having much of the ball. United on the other hand had no opportunities until Jonjo Shelvey was sent-off five minutes before the first half for a 50-50 tackle on Jonny Evans.
Previous season's failure haunted Liverpool yet again until talisman and captain Steven Gerrard, who drove forward relentlessly, put his side ahead just after the break. But their lead lasted just five minutes as United got one back through an unlikely source. Right-back Rafael curled an unstoppable shot to level terms in the 51st minute.
However, Liverpool were the better team even with 10-men as football pundits termed United's performance as awful throughout the game. Referee Halsey denied a spot-kick when Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was brought down and then in the run of play awarded a penalty to United after Antonio Valencia fell too easily.
The performance against United can be considered Liverpool's best this season but a win could have given the Reds a bit of confidence. Rodgers not only has to win his first Premier League match with Liverpool, but has to think about his strategy ahead of the rest of the season.
With injuries to Daniel Agger and Martin Kelly, Shelvey's suspension, lack of strikers, Rodgers may feel the pressure of putting things together with a young inexperienced team.