It’s been a good season for Liverpool in the Premier League, close to perfection, but not quite there.
We’ve completed our first unbeaten home season for 21 years; our points tally is our highest ever in the Premier League; and again our best set of away wins. No team since the Premier League came into being has lost only two matches in a full season and not finished as champions.
This all goes to highlight that it is our home form that’s let us down. Two defeats – to Tottenham and, stupidly, Middlesbrough – were bad, but much more critically were all our home draws (against Stoke, Fulham, West Ham, Hull, Manchester City, and that crazy 4 goal draw with Arsenal).
Whilst we’ve used a large number of players, we’ve been using consistently only 15 or so players, and so summer transfers are going to be key. Benitez is likely to only be given £20 million as a fund – which can be added to with sales of players. Rumours include Tevez and Gareth Barry – both of whom I think would be good additions to the squad. Players likely to go include Andrea Dossena, Andriy Voronin, Sebastian Leto and Ryan Babel who although have some skills and moments aren’t consistent enough for the team.
I was a bit unhappy, however, to read that Benitez snubbed Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United’s title triumph in the league. I hope that he will learn to rise above Fergusons attitude and still congratulate people and teams on their success.