Three weeks back Liverpool was handed a 3-0 mauling by their fiercest rivals Manchester United and the pressure was mounting on Brendan Rodgers. In his post-match press conference he was still convinced that he is the best man to manage Liverpool. Currently at the end of December with the fixtures coming thick and fast, Liverpool is just 5 points away from the Champions League Spot. It is true that the team has still not captured its last season’s form but if last night match against Swansea is any evidence the future looks bright. Let’s look at the three talking points from the victory against Swansea.
Back the Gaffer!
After the start of the millennium Liverpool has followed a title showdown campaign with relatively weaker successive campaign. It happened with Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez and it was looking like the case with Brendan Rodgers as well. However without getting over-enthusiastic about the display against a competitive Swansea, Liverpool still looks like a threat and it will be too soon to write them off and they could certainly be in the mix for a Champions League position. Although not common in today’s world of Football, Liverpool should stick with Rodgers as he makes them play an exciting brand of football.
Young brigade holds the key to Liverpool’s fortune
With Suarez being sold to Barcelona, Carragher’s retiring at the end of 2012-13 season and Talisman Gerrard entering the twilight of his Liverpool career, the reins are in the hands of young guns such as Henderson, Sterling, Lallana, Sturridge, Coutinho etc. Brendan Rodgers has a plethora of quality young players and their attacking display against Swansea augurs well for the Anfield faithful.
Replacements should come in the summer at best if not in January
Although the win against Swansea was convincing, Liverpool needs reinforcements in certain departments with the attacking options up-front and goalkeeping department requiring immediate attention. We all have witnessed the splendid string of performances by David De Gea helping Manchester United to break in the top three of the league, similarly Liverpool need a goalkeeper with pedigree, as Mignolet and others are not convincing enough between the sticks for the team. With Suarez being one of the best strikers in the world it would never be possible to get an immediate like for like replacement but Liverpool is in a dire goal scorer who can get them 20 plus goals in a season. Liverpool has a brilliant midfield made-up of young player which will contribute with its share of goals but they need reinforcements as the current lot of strikers is not good enough.
The best of the players might not be available in January but Liverpool should try and get the best they can for the remainder of the season. Liverpool has a tough lineup of matches in January and if they can come through without much damage they can look at a better second half to the season.
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