JOHN ALDRIDGE: Lack of options in attacking areas proving costly for Liverpool FC

By John Aldridge on Jan 30, 10 09:56 AM in Columnists

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THERE are two days remaining of the transfer window and, unless we see a dramatic change, it will close without Liverpool doing any more business.

After Tuesday's listless display at Wolves, that is a huge concern. Liverpool are crying out for someone with pace or who can add a different goal threat and it is worrying we haven't been able to act.

I've no doubt Rafa Benitez would have loved to have got involved in some buying to go alongside his selling but, with Maxi Rodriguez the only addition to the fold, he is having to put a brave face.


How long that will remain the case, though, remains to be seen. It was really hard going at Molineux and it suggests the battle to try and pinch the final Champions League spot is going to be fraught.

Liverpool had a chance to apply some pressure on Tottenham Hotspur, but we have now missed out on what was effectively a game in hand.

The problem in this kind of situation is that for every slip you make when you are chasing a target, the more pressure you put on yourself and the more the likelihood increases that a special result is going to have to be achieved somewhere.

Quite simply, there is no margin for error now. When you think that we have got a derby game coming up, as well as trips to the Emirates Stadium, Eastlands and Old Trafford - even a side in top form would not expect to get maximum points from those assignments.

When you are lacking a goal threat - as Liverpool will do until Fernando Torres is fit again - it almost becomes impossible to keep pace with your rivals and many will be hoping that Tuesday was not a sign of things to come.

Every time we got into a progressive area of the pitch, the wrong decision was made and, out on the flanks Albert Riera, Emiliano Insua and Maxi Rodriguez struggled to make an impact, while Dirk Kuyt had no service.

It all means, of course, that you end up looking for Steven Gerrard to conjure up something out of this world and it is wrong to expect that all the time; yet if attacking options are so limited, Liverpool, sadly, are going to struggle.


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Patience may be key for Liverpool in breaking down Bolton

OWEN COYLE was a breath of fresh air on his first visit to Anfield earlier this season, giving his Burnley side the licence to attack at all times.

It never paid off, of course. Burnley were flattened 4-0 and Liverpool could easily have scored a few more so, with that in mind, expect Owen's Bolton team to be much more compact today.

I don't doubt for one minute that he will have had phone calls from people like Mick McCarthy and Tony Pulis in the past couple of days; managers talk, you see, and they will have been telling Owen that Liverpool can be easily frustrated.

To keep some momentum behind the season, though, it's imperative we get a win here. Patience will be needed - from both the crowd and the players - and if the Reds can keep cool, we should, in the end, have too much class.

* SOTIRIOS KYRGIAKOS has not attracted too many headlines but he has been a real plus in recent weeks.

He is a good defender, was a worthy man of the match on Tuesday and will be ideal for today's game against Bolton.

Long may his good form continue.

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