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      Liverpool’s inconsistent Premiership form has continued throughout March and into April. After coming from behind and beating Aston Villa at Villa Park at the back of March, the club were expected to push on and try to climb the league table, and with 2 winnable games to come (at home to West Ham United and away to struggling Reading) we were expected to be in with a shout of the European spots.

      The harsh reality is that Liverpool only managed 2 draws and didn’t even score a goal against either team. The fight for any European spot ended there, and even a race to catch our Merseyside rivals Everton, who are sitting in 6th, is now looking tough.

      Yesterday Liverpool played Rafa Benitez’s Chelsea (that seems so strange to write). Although Liverpool rescued another draw with a 97th minute header from Luis Suarez, there was a biting incident that over-shadowed a great last minute equaliser. Suarez was caught on camera biting Branislav Ivanovic’s arm during the match. At the time of writing, Suarez, manager Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool Football Club have issued apologies for the Uruguayan’s actions. The F.A. are sure to look at the incident and ban the striker for the rest of the season and maybe beyond. Although I do agree he deserves a good 3 or 4 game ban, I think the F.A. will come down hard on him because he is Luis Suarez. Last season Suarez was banned for 8 games for an alleged racial abuse of Patrice Evra, although if he was guilty he surely deserved that, but the fact John Terry was caught on camera racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, and only received a four match ban, is frustrating and inconsistent. I wouldn’t quite say it is a witch hunt, and I know Suarez does not help himself, but I still think Liverpool have to keep him at the club as he is undoubtedly the best player we have.

      The question now is whether he has played his last game for LFC and whether that header equaliser was his last touch in a Liverpool shirt. If he gets a big ban and a big offer comes in during the summer, will Liverpool sell? Can they afford to let their best player leave? Will Suarez want to stay at a club which offers him no European football? A lot of questions need to be answered this summer. I’m sure the planning is well underway to secure key target players into the club.

      Lastly and most importantly, it has been a bigger week for Liverpool off the pitch, as last Monday the service for the 24th Anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was held at Anfield. Another great turn out to show respect to the 96 people who lost their lives that day, to show just how important they are, and that they will never be forgotten. It was (as always) an extremely emotional day, and one that united football fans, whatever team you support. Since the memorial Anne Williams has sadly passed away, Anne’s son Kevin died at Hillsborough and his mum has fought tirelessly since then to find the true details surrounding his death. Anne was a credit to Kevin and to Liverpool Football Club – without her, and the other families’ constant devotion to seek the truth, we would not have come as close as we are today towards Justice. RIP Anne, with your son x

      RYAN KENNY ||