For the first time in almost 100 years, one of English football’s biggest powerhouses Liverpool go into an English Premier League match against an opposition without having won their first five matches. Having drawn and lost three matches already in the new season, few people expect Liverpool to mount a title challenge or even challenge for a UEFA Champions League spot. But still, the fans are hoping that new manager Brendan Rodgers is the man to turn around the fortunes for the Merseyside club and lead them back to glory, not matter how long it takes.
Rodgers impressed one and all when his Swansea City played breathtaking football, entertained the crowd, scored goals for fun and went from being the favourites to return back to the First Division, finished with a respectable mid-table position. That was enough for the head honchos of Liverpool to bring him in as their new manager, with a long term project in mind, and the young manager has already started doing his job, giving the younger players chance of earning their place in the first team rather than depending on the senior players like Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher, etc.
And although the youngsters have not been able to put the points on the board, they have shown glimpses already of what to expect from them in the near future. The likes of Jonjo Shelvey, Suso, Jordan Henderson have all been good so far this season and have performed their duties with relative ease. The match against Arsenal showed how good the Liverpool team, if Rodgers persists with these youngsters, can really be. They might have lost the match to The Gunners but the manner in which the Merseyside team dominated the game goes to show that Liverpool have been extremely unlucky and should have had at least two wins in the bag already.
The match against Manchester United was also witness to some great Liverpool play, with Nuri Sahin finding his feet at his new club, feeding the strikers with consummate ease and defensively too, the side looks solid. Liverpool should have won this match as well, if not for the referee who made two mistakes that cost The Reds the game. Sahin, the loan signing from Real Madrid has settled in extremely well at the club and his partnership at the heart of midfield with Stevie G is already starting to blossom. If the pair gets a couple of weeks more together, they might just form a deadly partnership at the centre of midfield that has the potential to become the thorn in any side’s path.
But one thing that should concern Rodgers is the lack of goals from the strikers and Luis Suarez’s performances. He might not be the greatest of goals scorers but when a player comes into a club like Liverpool, he is expected to perform week in, week out. If Liverpool manage to sort out their goal scoring problems, the side can easily secure a position in the Europa League places.