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As the international break interrupts Premier League action once again.

Many managers will be assessing the situation their clubs seem to be in thus far.

Merseyside misery? Liverpool and Everton’s current conditionFor those at the top end enjoying well earned praise the obvious objective would be to carry on in the same fashion when kick-off resumes next weekend. For others however, their positions will be under surveillance as every following moment becomes the next crucial piece needed to solve the jigsaw-puzzle-like situation they find themselves in. For both Everton and Liverpool this is more or less the case as they seek to bounce back from this early Merseyside misery.

The boys from Anfield depart to represent their respective nations currently sitting in ninth place with ten points. This underwhelming tally consists of three wins, three losses and a sole draw coming ironically against their neighbours across from Stanley Park. The Toffees have had to deal with three stalemates and a sole victory while enduring difficult defeats against the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. As a result they sit in seventeenth place and two points above relegation. With just seven games gone in the new season’s calendar it would not be a misconception to remain calm due to the long road ahead. However, when judging these two sides based on what they both achieved in their own rights last season it becomes a whole new dilemma.

Everton and Liverpool: Current Premier League Table (Bottom) 2014-15

Everton and Liverpool: Current Premier League Table (Bottom) 2014-15

This season Brendan Rodgers has brought a host of new names into the squad through the cash gained from the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona. The Uruguayan amassed thirty-one goals for the Reds and was arguably the reason for their remarkable title challenge last season that ultimately ended in second place. As a result he’s had to juggle domestic action with UEFA Champions League football once again. The likes of Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Alberto Moreno are still finding their feet within the defence, while Adam Lallana is also beginning to exert his attacking prowess after coming back from injury. New signing Mario Balotelli is coming under increasing criticism with his displays of late as he continues to spur chances. This, coupled with an unavailable Daniel Sturridge who hopes to be back next weekend translates to this poor offensive form; an area which saw them rack up over one-hundred goals last season.

Over at Goodison Park and it appears to be a situation in more dire straits. Roberto Martinez’s side are failing to reproduce the stellar feats that saw them re-enter Europe once more after their fifth-placed finish last season. At this stage in the previous campaign the Toffees had just received their first loss courtesy of eventual champions Manchester City and had already notched twelve points: exactly double of what they have at present. Injuries to the likes of Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Kevin Mirallas, and Ross Barkley have not done the Spaniard any favours and, although there are encouraging signs so far in their Europa League quest, it seems the backlash of an increased fixture list is taking it’s toll domestically.

Final whistle at Goodison Park: Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace

Final whistle at Goodison Park: Everton 2-3 Crystal Palace

Many critics have come out in declaring both teams are in the midst of a “second-season-syndrome”. A term used to describe the sorrowful, sour situation many football clubs find themselves in after achieving heights that were way above expectation the season before. It is not a foreign claim, nor is it a low-laid secret of just how poor Liverpool and Everton have been. Although not many would have predicted these clubs to replicate exactly the same standards we witnessed last time around, it is almost guaranteed that nobody saw this sloppy start coming to fruition. Dictionaries define misery to be the idea of someone trapped within a state of discomfort. Unfortunately for the football fanatics of Merseyside altogether this idea coincides all to well with their experience thus far.

The Evertonian faithful will be looking to come out in droves as Aston Villa visit town in the next fixture. For Martinez and his troops alike, victory is the only option. Generally Everton are indeed a very tough side to beat when at home. But when shipping in sixteen goals, the worst defence in the league to date, it can be confidently said that the Villans would not be feeling too apprehensive. Should Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin presumably reunite for this encounter and prove to be the solid partnership we became accustomed to previously, perhaps this defensive leakage can be fixed. This will be a prayer Roberto Martinez will continuously repeat under his breath in the lead up to next weekend and although there are no signs of potential managerial dismissal as of yet, the former Wigan main man will be aiming for nothing less than three points to reignite their lacklustre campaign.

Everton Manager Roberto Martinez

The Redmen meanwhile will travel to West London to take on bottom-placed Queens Park Rangers and despite the easy task this may seem to be, rest assured it will be anything but. The R’s already find themselves in trouble that stems from the balance books to the football pitch and will be looking to claim a vital victory for their cause. This Liverpool side will be full aware of this and will set up accordingly, retaining belief in the football philosophy Rodgers has so diligently introduced. The last time these two sides clashed at Loftus Road it was the Reds who took the three points back to Anfield and there is no doubt the objective come next weekend will be do to the same once more.

The misery that Merseyside remains entrenched in will look to be fully removed from the conscious of the fans and players’ minds alike come the international break’s conclusion, and Premier League’s resumption. Both Liverpool and Everton know their task at hand, what is required, and just how good they can be. On their day no opposition escapes with a comfortable smile and the evidence from last season is all too apparent. With just over thirty fixtures in store, there is a boundless amount of time for this “second-season-syndrome”; this Merseyside misery to be avoided and improved on. Both sets of football clubs believe this all too well. Now can they produce it? Premier League action returns on October 18th.

Originally published at crazyaboutepl.com

Post written by JG Bernard, Twitter: @JGB_95_
for Crazy About EPL, Blog: Crazy About EPL, Twitter: @CrazyAboutEPL

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