Liverpool giving a mediocre perfomance

With a poor start in the Barclays Premier League and the UEFA Champions League, can it be concluded that this is the decline of Liverpool FC, is it only going to get worse for the Reds or will they rise again? Asking these questions last season would have been a bit strange as Liverpool were on top of their game and in a very long time actual title contenders.

Liverpool were electric and were the most exciting team to watch because of the high-tempo, pressing game they played giving hope to the Liverpool supporters who have never seen their team lift a Premier League since its inception in 1992. However a draw with Crystal Palace and a loss to Chelsea in the dying stages of the campaign denied them the chance to win the League.
Anyway they had an amazing season becoming second after Manchester City securing a place in Champions League and having their own player, Luis Suarez, scoop the prestigious Golden Boot award with 31 goals in 33 games.
So here is what Liverpool got right last season…

Convincing Suarez to stay

Convincing Surez to stay
Convincing Surez to stay

In the previous summer a host of clubs around the world wanted Luis Suarez’s signature with Arsenal being the bravest and activating his release clause by offering £40m plus a pound offer even though Suarez had been facing a 10 match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic. Brendan Rodgers obviously did what he had to do by having several meetings with his player, talking him into staying with the Reds until he was convinced that he needed to stay with Liverpool. Rodgers did not do it alone though as Suarez needed extra persuasion from Captain Steven Gerrard. A summer of begging well spent as they had prevented losing the most talented striker in the Premier League.

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Most lethal striking partnership...
Most lethal striking partnership…

Three letters that were on all Sports channels and every football pundit’s lips, simply meaning Suarez And Sturrigde. The two strikers deserved all the attention as they were simply brilliant for Liverpool scoring a total of 54 goals and displaying one of the best twin-striker combinations that had ever been seen in the Premier League. Their movements on and off the ball were extraordinary, their speed breathtaking and their knowledge of each other’s movements unbelievable. These were two intelligent and extremely talented footballers complementing each other in a way never seen before. Brendan Rodgers had managed to create one of the most lethal striking partnerships to ever play in world football.

Team Spirit

Team spirit...
Team spirit…

With the strikers displaying an understanding coaches can only dream of, it was no surprise that it began to rub off on the rest of the team. The midfield under the leadership of Steven Gerrard played like a unit especially in attack. Youth like Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Coutinho rose to the occasion feeding their attackers with delightful balls and suffocating their opponent’s attacks with their level of energy and hard pressing. Liverpool was playing fast, direct and organised football with the team literally fighting their opponents off the ball. It did not take time for the Liverpool crowd to swell rapidly, with the football they were playing the spectators wanted to soak in as much as they could. Anfield was a fortress again, fans sang “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as the players walked on the pitch. The scenes were magnificent with seas of red scarves with the same slogan could be seen in every match at Anfield and away. Brendan Rodgers ordered the white nets to be removed and be replaced by the traditional red nets. The Reds were unstoppable.

Brendan Rodgers

The man himself was on top of his game. He gave the impression that he had stayed up most of the summer, planning, meditating, evaluating and experimenting with his squad. His entire focus was on creating a lethal attacking weapon which was going to destroy opposition defences and he succeeded. It must be known that managing a club with Liverpool’s history and calibre is an extremely tough job, you are compared with the greats before you and have to make sure you don’t destroy the clubs image by producing mediocre results. But with the way his team was playing, Rodgers seemed to be destined to be a the club’s next legend.

Brendan Rodger - Liverpool Manager
Brendan Rodger – Liverpool Manager

Tactically he was exceptional especially in his line-ups as he had to make sure he could fit in Suarez and Sturridge. He got the best out of his team with the little that he had, every club wants a coach who knows what he is doing and Rodgers certainly looked like it. The players had faith in him, so did the board and most importantly the millions of Liverpool fans all over the world.

Leadership

We cannot talk about Liverpool’s great campaign without discussing the quality of the leadership in the Liverpool camp with regard to Steven Gerrard in particular. The Liverpool skipper was fundamental in his team’s success and carried on his shoulders the hopes of a whole city, Mersey Side, and those of his teammates who have been looking up to him since he was named captain in 2003 the only club he has ever played for his whole career and Liverpool fans all over the world. Despite his loyalty with the club he has never lifted the Premier League trophy and it was quite obvious that was his inspiration for one of the title races of his career. Despite losing out on the chance to finally lift the title, Gerrard can still lift his head high, knowing that his not only a legend of his club, but of the Premier League and his country which he captained form 2012. His experience and leadership skill is second to none in the Premier League and he will forever be regarded as a Legend.

Leadership...
Leadership…

It is interesting to see how Liverpool will cope with their poor start to the season and how Brendan Rodgers, Steven Gerrard and the rest of the team will deal with it. They have already lost Luis Suarez to Barcelona who paid £65million for the Uruguayan ace, Sturridge is out injured and Mario Ballotelli and many of the players that were brought in to fill in the huge gap left by Luis Suarez’s departure are struggling for goals. Will Liverpool rise again or is it the beginning of a terrible collapse?

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