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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Liverpool’s start to the season



Liverpool may not have started the season playing beautiful football and scoring shed loads of goals but more importantly some would say they have grinded out results. Liverpool have thus far have been stuttering through games but getting the necessary results. As the cliché goes: winning while playing poorly is the sign of a good team, this is sure to give hope to all Liverpool fans and give both them and the team a belief that this could be a successful year for the Mersey side.

6 games have passed this season Liverpool have gathered 13 points and are sitting pretty in second place in the Barclays Premier League only to trail an impressive Arsenal side who lead the early running with 15 points. If you had offered this to any Liverpool fan prior to the start of the season I’m sure they would have bitten your hand off. This Impressive start has been made all the more satisfying with fierce rivals Manchester United enduring their worst start to a season since 89/90.

This success however has not just occurred overnight huge praise must be accredited to manager Brendan Rodgers (40), he came to the club with a plan: to play attractive possession football with flair up front to seal the victories. This early season form is of stark contrast to the dreadful opening six games last season where Liverpool had picked up only 5 points. Rodgers though despite the poor return stuck by his blueprint of how the game should be played and has received the fruit of his labour this season thus far. It must be noted that the start to this season has consisted of relatively easier fixtures but nevertheless it indicates an improving team.

Rodgers will undoubtedly be happy with the teams standing but is sure to be looking for an improvement in performances in the coming weeks. If we were to look at each fixture so far this season I would say that out of the 6 games only against Man UTD and Aston Villa did Liverpool have a good display and get the result. Against both Stoke and Swansea they had very impressive first halves but faded away in the second to allow both aforementioned teams back into the game. In the end they just held on to a 1-0 victory against Stoke thanks to Simon Mignolet (25) making a great debut penalty save to deny Jon Walters and Stoke a point they will feel they deserved. Similarly against Swansea, Liverpool struggled in the second half and were lucky to hold on to a 2-2 draw. The Sunderland game in my view was the biggest indication so far that Liverpool are on the right track, It was on the back of Chelsea, Man UTD, Manchester City and Spurs dropping points a scenario that would usually see Liverpool bottle it but this time they capitalised on other teams poor results and beat manager less Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light .This was probably Liverpool’s worst performance so far this season but they snatched the victory which impressed most pundits and fans.

Having created a good platform for the season so far and with the return of the Luis Suarez (26) to partner the on fire Daniel Sturridge (25) this could prove to be an exciting season for the legendary club. They will without a doubt challenge for the top 4 and the way things are going you wouldn’t bet against them. Whatever the season entails it is sure to be another exciting one for all associated with Liverpool Football Club.