Alan Pardew has said we are in a decent position in the Premier League table right now, and he’s right about that, since we still have 23 points from our first 17 games, and that’s only 4 points less than we had after 17 games, when we finished 5th top back in 2012.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
If we can get some of our 9 injured players back in January from the treatment room they’ve been in for the last few months, we should even be able to field a strong side in the second half of the season.
That’s even though we will be losing Cheick Tiote, Mehdi Abeid and Papiss Cisse to the African Cup of Nations.
But if Geordie fans are feeling sorry for themselves this morning after our fourth successive defeat to Sunderland – we have a remedy – just think how Liverpool fans are feeling this morning.
Yesterday Liverpool just managed to avoid defeat at home to Arsenal, when Martin Skrtel equalized in the 7th minute of stoppage time to get a 2-2 draw and one point.
At that time they were down to 10 men after former Sunderland striker Fabio Borini had managed to get himself sent off five minutes earlier for a second yellow card.
Liverpool have never won the Premier League, but last season they were top of the league with just three games to play.
In their final three games of the season they lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea – that’s the game Jose Mourinho was wasting time by shielding the ball from Steven Gerrard, as he tried to take a quick throw-in.
They then drew 3-3 at Crystal Palace after being 3-0 up with 11 minutes to play, and then they beat Newcastle 2-1 at home.
But who didn’t beat us at that time, and it was the only game Liberpool won of the last three – but it was too late.
And Manchester City pipped them by two points to the Premier League Title.
So where are they in the league today?
Liverpool are one point behind Newcastle with 22 points from their first 17 games played in 10th place.
That’s after getting a massive 84 points last season with a goal difference of +51.
At the moment their goal difference is -3, just two goals better off than Newcastle.
And where were Liverpool last season after the same 17 games played?
They were top of the league with 36 points and a goal difference of +23 – and one point clear of both Manchester City and Arsenal.
Liverpool also failed to qualify for the knock-out rounds of the Champions League this season.
And don’t forget that Liverpool’s American owners – Fenway Sports Group – have pledged to restore Liverpool to their former greatness.
And that’s very different to the Newcastle owner, and we we are continually reminded by the manager that we can no longer compete with the top clubs in England, because we wont spend the money to get top players to the club.
So Newcastle fans will not be feeling too good today – but probably better than a lot of Liverpool fans.
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