After Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel posted a picture of three clowns on his Instagram page, presumably with reference to the FA committee that quite rightly refused to overturn the Slovakian’s three-game ban for stamping on Manchester United’s David de Gea, we got to thinking about visual representations of the Reds’ wacky season.
There are eight points on offer if you can guess the game (one for each fixture). Happy hunting!
Banana skin barely averted
The return of Champions League action to Anfield was supposed to be a joyous occasions, but Kopites’ elation ended up being tempered by a team that didn’t exist before the start of this century very nearly grabbing a point.
It has rarely been said since, but thank the stars for Mario Balotelli, Steven Gerrard and Javi Maquillo.
Whose side are you on?
Things were already going badly in this London loss prior to the introduction of Mamadou Sakho for Manquillo after 22 minutes, but the Frenchman Hammer-ing into teammate Dejan Lovren set the tone for his afternoon.
Sakho went on to setup the final goal of the match. Unfortunately, it was for the opposition, but at least a former Liverpool player scored it, and to be fair to the Reds centre-half, he has played much better since.
Is it Wednesday yet?
Penalty shootouts get a pretty bad press, despite usually providing plenty of excitement, but when it gets to about 10-10 the sides should just flip a coin.
After their 14-13 victory, the Reds went on to lose six of their next 11 matches, winning just three, while their Championship opponents suffered just one defeat in 13 following the longest night spent at Anfield for many a season.
A bridge too far.
Is it unfair to judge this burgeoning Liverpool side’s performance against the Kings of Europe? Of course.
Just go right through pal, first goal on your left.
The long-legged Congolese raider of south-east London was possibly underrated by Liverpool’s backline, who parted like the red sea when 1-0 up in this embarrassing loss.
I’m up. Actually, I think you’ll find it’s me.
Nobody likes to see players ganging up on a teammate, apart from when the teammate in question is Mr ‘Why always me?’ Balotelli. Then it’s fine, preferable even.
Gone in 60 seconds/15 minutes.
The skipper wasn’t going to be outdone by a 21-year-old Serbian upstart for daftest, and quickest, dismissal of the year.
He’s welcome to use this as an excuse, as no other explanation has cut the mustard so far.