A lot of people has being talking about Liverpool is at risk doing ”a Tottenham”. Manager Brendan Rodgers has promised it won´t happen. But why are everybody so negative about that prospect, I would take it in a heartbeat.
When Tottenham sold superstar Gareth Bale in the summer of 2013, and replaced him with eight new players, a lot of experts predicted a backlash for Spurs. The London team would slide down the league table as if it was made of soap. And when the following season was concluded, the one without Bale, every expert talked about it as if they had been right. Well, hardly. Here´s proof:
In the season 2012/13, when Bale still was at Tottenham, the club finished fifth with 72 points. A year later, with Bale gone, a lot of people claimed that Tottenham had a disastrous season and that they sorely missed the Welshman. But the fact is that Tottenham achieved almost the same as the season before. They ended up in sixth place with 69 points. So without Bale Tottenham was one place worse off and collected three points less. Well, that is some catastrophe of biblical magnitude.
When Liverpool sold Luis Suarez this summer and replaced him with eight players talk about a repeat of Tottenham´s undoing got going. As we now know, they didn´t recede so much and if Liverpool is going backwards as much as Tottenham did we will end up in third place with 81 points come May 2015. In other words a position that secures an automatic place in the Champions League group stage the following season. With Liverpool´s shaky start in mind it would be a fine effort to grab 81 points, come third and do ”a Tottenham”. So, why not just do it and aim higher the next year when:
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