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Scott is still trying to work out how the Top Four Finish disappeared....
Come on! Back to back 0-0 draws? The second against Reading? If there was ever going to be final proof that this is not Liverpool's year, last Saturday's game was it. Watching the game, it was impressive how Reading's Alex McCarthy seemed to get a critical touch on every shot. Watching the highlights later, with save after save in rapid succession, whether point-blank or long-range, I am convinced that was the single best goalkeeping performance I have ever seen. It almost makes the two lost points worth it to have seen it... Nah.
After three games without a goal, it seems Luis Suarez caught the 0-fer bug from which Robin Van Persie only recently recovered. And with Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge similarly infirmed of late, the run-in for the Reds could prove difficult. Fortunately, at the other end, Jamie Carragher and Pepe Reina seem to have found their form again, the latter with another brilliant point-blank effort that saved not only a sure goal but also sure blushes for the visiting Liverpudlians.
But, with 14 shots on goal, according to Brendan Rodgers' post-game interview, despite the vacant score line and vanished European hopes, one can't help but feel this team has made significant strides in the right direction. A summer of talent shopping, combined with a healthy dose of belief Kool-Aid, to also wash down the bitter pill of a 20th first-league title for Darth Ferguson and the evil MU empire, will surely propel Gerrard and Co. to the top four, at a minimum. Even if it has to be without a certain polemic Uruguayan.
This is farlieonfootie for April 19.