Some will argue that Charlie Adam’s season never started for Liverpool this season.
It has now been confirmed that the season is officially over for the 26 year-old Scot and he will not play in the FA Cup final or for Great Britain at the London Olympics according to Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish.
Liverpool’s league campaign is effectively over and they have nothing left to play for aside from pride – and finishing above city rivals Everton – ahead of the FA Cup final in just over a week’s time. Dalglish has rested captain Steven Gerrard in a bid to wrap the 31 year-old in cotton wool ahead of the showdown with Chelsea tomorrow week.
Central midfield has been a problem area for Liverpool all season with Gerrard having missed the opening half of the season with groin and then ankle problems. Lucas Leiva was then lost for the season following the Brazilian’s knee injury back in November and now Adam’s knock is the latest injury blow.
There are reasonable claims to be made that the midfield problems have played a big part in why Liverpool have sunk to eighth place (and can finish no higher than seventh) in the league – their worst position in the Premier League since the turn of the Millenium. Having won just five games (out of 17) at Anfield is the club’s worst home record for 59 years and the club’s hopes of finishing in the Champions League qualification spots finished months ago.
Were the manager named anything other than ‘Kenny Dalglish’, he would surely have lost his job weeks or even months ago. Two Cup wins (having already lifted the Carling Cup this season) might not be enough to keep ‘King Kenny’ in a job come August however.