Sunday, 3 February 2013

Liverpool Reaping the Rewards of their Patience

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On two occasions this week Liverpool were close to earning to memorable victories against elite clubs, but in both games they were denied by brilliance. However, the two draws show how far Liverpool have come under Brendan Rogers.

Forget about Oldham, let’s concentrate on the Premier League. Look at the table and the Reds are seventh. A good end to the season and Liverpool could finish in an unthinkable position that wouldn’t have been dreamed of at the start of the season.

When they lost at West Brom on the opening day and then had to wait until the last week of September, I thought Rodgers would be out of Anfield by November. Especially when Fabio Borini became injured – leaving Liverpool with one striker in Suarez.
But they quietly persevered by collecting the odd win and a few well-earned draws and with the help of the transfer window, Liverpool are reaping the rewards of their patience.

The win at West Ham was a key result in my eyes as Liverpool had to come from behind to take all three points. Although they then lost to Aston Villa and Stoke over Christmas, ‘Pool also thrashed QPR and Fulham and then Sunderland.

The arrival of Daniel Sturridge has made them a force to be reckoned with up-front and the 5-0 hammering of Norwich showed their quality. With Gerrard, Suarez and Sturridge, Liverpool can cause any Premier League team a problem and from now on, Liverpool will be no easy touch.

Now beating Norwich is not a result that can be taken as a ‘sign of intent’. Draws against Arsenal and Manchester City can be. West Brom are next followed by Swansea and Wigan and nine points out of nine would suddenly put Liverpool in line with the likes of Chelsea and Tottenham in the Champions League spots.

While what Rodgers has achieved in seven months is probably ahead of schedule, the point is that Liverpool are getting stronger and stronger each week. And this is probably is the start of Liverpool becoming a football powerhouse again.

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