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It’s been another difficult week for all involved with Liverpool – the setback of Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury arriving to cast gloom just as the clouds appeared to be parting ahead of the busy fixtures ahead.
Sturridge’s injury and absence until the New Year is a huge blow, made worse by the fact he’s already missed 14 games and how badly Liverpool have clearly missed him.
Eight points and only eight goals in the eight Premier League games since he last played for the Reds back in August, doesn’t paint a good picture. Brendan Rodgers’ side have clearly failed to cope without Sturridge so far.
But they must find a way to get results without him.
And there is no better or bigger opportunity to do so than these next six games – which could indeed save their season.
League games against Crystal Palace, Stoke City, Leicester City and Sunderland are all what you would describe as ‘winnable’ fixtures, while Champions League games against Ludogorets and Basel are an opportunity to get some success by progressing from the group.
Six wins from those six games would usually be something you would feel was not so difficult to achieve, but of course given Liverpool’s recent form it does admittedly look unlikely.
If they are though to find a positive run and effectively save their season both domestically and in Europe, it needs to begin with a positive result at Selhurst Park on Sunday – which means burying the ghosts of last season’s three-goal capitulation.
They then travel to Bulgaria for what is a must win game against Ludogorets. Two wins from these next two away games and life at Liverpool could look a whole lot more positively in a week’s time.
Stoke, Leicester and Sunderland in seven days at the end of the week and start of December represent an opportunity to build momentum ahead of what will likely be a win-or-bust match against Basel in the Champions League at Anfield on December 9.
Liverpool have the players capable of producing results to save their season, now is the time they must prove it.