Is time starting to run out for Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool?
Sharethematch.com looks at Liverpool's recent struggles and Kenny Dalglish's claims that their cup run has taken its toll
The game is almost up for Kenny Dalglish
At a time when trophies are decided and the jockeying for position really heats up Liverpool’s recent form has been little short of diabolical.
The statistics are damning: five defeats in their last six Premier League games – 10 losses for the season – and only two wins in 2012.
For Dalglish to claim his players are tired when there should still be so much to play for is quite frankly unacceptable.
The 61-year-old has bought poorly, has looked tactically misinformed at times and now finds his team leaking goals.
Until recently his side’s defence was the one bright spot on a horrific domestic campaign but no longer can they rely on the previously impressive trio of Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Pepe Reina.
Time is ticking for Dalglish and if the FA Cup ends in failure then it won’t just be a murmuring minority calling for his head.
Cisse needs to control his temper
As transfers go, you will be hard tasked to find a worse one that Djibril Cisse this season.
In a bid to keep Queens Park Rangers in the top flight, Mark Hughes swooped for the striker from Lazio, hoping he would form a partnership with Bobby Zamora to keep the Hoops up.
And three goals in five games is not a bad return, but the reason he has played so few matches is because he also has two red cards in as many matches.
His first one was for raising his hands to Roger Johnson against Wolverhampton Wanderers and this latest dismissal was for a two-footed challenge against Sunderland.
A little while back Everton brought in Kevin Campbell and his goals kept them in the league.
This transfer could have the opposite effect for QPR as the Frenchman now sits out the next four games, half of the club’s remaining league games.
Fulham pose no threat to United
Fulham’s trip to Old Trafford on Monday night will be a chance for Martin Jol’s men to have their say over which half of Manchester the league trophy ends up in – but don’t count on them doing City any favours.
The home side are unbeaten in their last nine league matches, winning eight of them, and are unlikely to be threatened by a mid-table Fulham who have lost their last two matches.
In their most recent encounter just before Christmas, United thrashed a hapless Fulham 5-0 at Craven Cottage and appear likely to claim another three points on Monday in their race for the title with their city rivals.
That aside, Jol has been relatively successful in south-west London with his side comfortably placed in mid-table, and a few wins could put them in contention for a Europa League spot.
Midfielder Clint Dempsey is their top scorer with 18 goals in all competitions and Pavel Pogrebnyak has already scored five goals for the club since his move from Stuttgart so Fulham fans will be optimistic their side can offer a goal-scoring threat.
United however have scored ten in their last three league games, conceding just once, and look to be favourites to win and extend their impressive domestic form.