Only a few months ago Liverpool were languishing in 8th place, as people branded Liverpool’s almost champions from last season flops.
The high pressing, quick tempo, goal filled side had disappeared, however Brendan Rogers had galvanised his side and are set to push Man United and Arsenal for those final 2 European spots.
Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league in 2015 after their impressive victory against Man City. With the win Liverpool moved up to 5th place and are only two points behind Man United. Rogers side have picked up 26 points from a possible 30, and momentum appears to be building at the perfect time to mount a charge for 4th.
You could forgive Liverpool for not being able to replicate last season’s heroics, with Luis Suarez departing in the summer and several new faces coming in from the proceeds it was always going to take some time for them to click as a team.
Although they were knocked out of the Europa League by Besiktas, it shows the character of this side to respond in some style to defeat the Premier League champions with less than 72 hours to prepare for the game.
Phillipe Coutinho had one of his finer games so far this campaign with everything going through the Brazilian. His sharpness helped Liverpool get there first goal when he stole the ball of Vincent Kompany with Raheem Sterling sliding his pass to Jordan Henderson who struck a fantastic effort in the top corner. The playmaker was at it again when he drifted in from the left flank and angled a spectacular effort past Hart in front of the Kop.
Of late Rogers has been able to get the best out of his players with a more settled back three of Can, Skrtel and Sakho (although Lovren did deputise on Sunday), that solidarity in defence has helped instil confidence into the forward players who have the license to express themselves in the final third of the pitch.
Even without the influential Steven Gerrard, this Liverpool side have shown that there is life without the Anfield hero as they were able to respond after City equalising which will please Rogers. It certainly shows that there is certainly more to Liverpool than Gerrard. Jordan Henderson has taken the vice captaincy role by the scruff of his neck, on Sunday it seemed he relished the challenge he had in front of him, every time the camera went onto him he was always directing players where to go, demanding they do more which will only please Rogers.
Liverpool’s best form last season came when it mattered, when they needed results, up to the Chelsea game they were phenomenal and that’s the kind of form they need to discover to push for that top four place.
I would be very surprised if I didn’t see Liverpool in the top four come the end of May, they appear to have found what they had last season and younger players like Sterling, Ibe, Moreno, Sturridge and Henderson appear to be up to the challenge.
With a favourable FA Cup quarter final at home to Reading, a Wembley appearance is also appears on the cards. Life at Anfield seems a lot brighter and Rogers has to take some credit, he’s steady what appeared to be a sinking ship and they could very well be ahead of rivals Manchester United by the time the sides meet later this month. After a slight hangover from last season, Liverpool have saved themselves somewhat and have given themselves a fantastic chance of finishing in the Champions League places.
Written By George Clarke