THREE reasons Liverpool are in trouble

Liverpool fans must almost be wondering why they were excited about a return to the Champions League after watching their side slip to a 1-0 loss at Basel. The Reds laboured to a 2-1 victory against Ludogorets in their opening tie and entered the game against the Swiss side full of confidence after an encouraging 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby. But the scoreline was a poor one for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who have Real Madrid up next…

In truth, Liverpool’s season so far has been a stuttering affair, with momentum and panache of 2013/14 having been misplaced (perhaps alongside Luis Suarez). So what’s going wrong at Anfield? Here are three problems we spotted this evening…

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It could be worse Nando, you could be one of these guys…

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Balotelli is not firing

Mario Balotelli arrived with much hype, but with just one goal to his name so far, things aren’t quite working out for the big Italian. He huffed and puffed against Basel this evening, but he appeared off of the pace an unable to link up with his team-mates effectively. Balotelli needs to dig deep to save his Reds career already…

Set piece goals worrying

Liverpool’s Achilles heel this season has been set-pieces. Again Brendan Rodgers’ men leaked a vital goal from such a situation, with Marco Streller tapping home after the Reds’ rearguard failed to deal with a fairly routine ball. Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel will have to step up before long to prevent the season from getting away from them.

Gerrard getting old

Gerrard

He may have claimed that his critics were answered with his Merseyside derby goal against Everton, but the questions surrounding the Liverpool skipper are still present. Gerrard again appeared laboured in Switzerland, with his sluggish movement exposed by the fleet-footed Basel attack.

Is he finished? Not just yet, but Rodgers needs to help his captain.