Whether it was due to the millions of pounds spent on recruits in the summer, or the fact that our deadly front man Daniel Sturridge was missing for nearly five months, Liverpool did not resume where they left off last season following the exit of the ever-iconic (and troublesome) Luis Suarez.
Queue the ‘Rodgers Out’ brigade which lasted approximately a month or so, before out of nowhere Liverpool re-discovered last season’s form and have impressed immensely ever since, diminishing the few anti-Rodgers ‘fans’ out there. What has evoked such a change in form? Which of Brendan’s numerous summer plans seem to be materialising slowly but surely? In this blog I will decipher a couple of them.
Jordan Henderson and His Goal Tally
Prior to the commencement of the league season, Jordan himself had admitted just how pivotal it was to add goals to his game after a petty four last campaign. This time however, the Englishman has five to show for, with ten matches remaining to further improve his tally. It may not be a colossal improvement, however if Hendo does continue to build on his current form, goals will arrive, and plenty of them, I can assure you that.
Stop Shooting, Philippe!
Let us get one thing straight first and foremost; Philippe has endured an outstanding league campaign thus far. A couple of minor, yet essential tweaks to his game where required, one of these being his ‘shoot on sight’ tendency. It does not hurt to try your luck from outside the box every now and again, however the Brazilian was over-abusing that privilege, with most of these shots going wayward into the Kop.
The young magician seems to have listened to my prayers, and has since netted three wonder-goals in the space of a single month. His general ball play and execution in the final third has improved as well, with the large majority of shots that do not end up in the back of net, finding the target whilst forcing a save from the keeper. One, if not THE player of the season for the club thus far. (All this at the age of 22).
I’d Settle For a Scrappy 1-0!
What do you guys prefer? A scrappy 1-0 win with a clean sheet, or a 5-4 thriller?
If Brendan’s men WIN their remaining ten league fixtures, at least third place is GUARANTEED. A couple of tough encounters lie in between obviously enough, and I would love noting more than to see Steven Gerrard lift the FA Cup on his 35th birthday, thus hopefully it is 13 tough matches ahead.
Liverpool are on the up at the moment, which begs the question, “Why did we not start the season this way?” A summer resolution that Rodgers and his men failed to meet, unfortunately enough.