In the past few months it seems like Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool are finally clicking into gear and with yesterday’s 6-0 demolishing of a poor Newcastle side it looks like Liverpool are on the right road back to their former glory.
When Brendan Rodgers took over at Anfield there were some fans that were upset at his appointment, feeling that he wasn’t “a big enough name” and “not good enough for their club”. With Liverpool’s current form I wonder what those fans think of their manager now.
Okay. Liverpool didn’t have the best starts to the season, but with a new manager trying to get his philosophy across it was always going to take some time and In this day and age, time is not something many manager can take for granted.
The fans that questioned his appointment were no doubt telling everyone just how right they were as Rodgers’ Liverpool got off to a questionable start to the season.
Rodgers had to wait six games before Liverpool recorded their first win in the Premier League and that came at Carrow Road as they beat Norwich 5-2 with Luis Suarez bagging a hat-trick.
As time went on you could see what Rodgers was trying to implement at Liverpool. While at Swansea, Rodgers had his team playing fast, attacking football, with pace on the wings, keeping possession and pressing high up the field. At Liverpool it took a while to get that to happen.
Rodgers brought in Joe Allen from former club Swansea, Fabio Borini from Roma, who he worked with previously at Chelsea and Swansea, Oussama Assaidi and on loan Nuri Sahin. He also promoted Suso and Raheem Sterling into the first team.
Nuri Sahin didn’t work out and his loan was cut short. Rodgers, needing some more goals and needing some extra flair to help take the burden off Luis Suarez signed Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho during the January transfer window.
Suarez and Sturridge have struck up an instant partnership and Coutinho has settled and adapted to the Premier League faster than most foreign players do.
More so, under Rodgers, Jamie Carragher and Stewart Downing seem to be reinvigorated and Jordan Henderson looks to be turning into the player that many had hoped when Liverpool spent all that money on him.
Players that under Kenny Dalglish just didn’t seem work, and although they won a trophy and were in another final, this season Liverpool have been much more a club the fans can be proud of.
Liverpool, like Real Madrid are a football club that demand trophies, but want to win those trophies the right way. They want to dominate and play great football.
Under Brendan Rodgers Liverpool are finally playing some great football, but next season they will need to improve on what they have done this season to get up in the mix of the top four as they try to get back into the elite football world of the Champions League and compete with their rivals, Manchester United for the League title.
Liverpool have had to deal with a lot of off the field issues, most involving Suarez. But he is a player that they can’t afford to lose.
Rodgers is building a good team, but having a player like Suarez that can win you the game all on his own is something every manager wants.
Liverpool are still defensively strong, and in midfield have Steven Gerrard. But in the next few years they are not going to have Carragher and Gerrard and they will be a huge lose to the club and will be irreplaceable. There are never going to be another Gerrard or Carragher at Anfield.
Liverpool now are a team that is beginning to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents. It isn’t just Suarez they have to worry about now but also Sturridge and Coutinho.
In the summer, no doubt, Rodgers is going to add to the team with Ajax’s Christian Eriksen & Toby Alderweireld, Tom Ince and Hatem Ben Arfa being linked with a move to Anfield.
They are all players that would suit Rodgers and Liverpool but we will have to wait and see who comes in and more importantly who goes during this summer’s transfer window.