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A breakdown of Liverpool Football Club and Brendan Rodgers' season so far
Author: Sean Purvis Published : 18 Mar 2013 12:50:59
Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers took over the reigns of Liverpool in the summer of 2012, the former Swansea manager has his skeptics, but others see him as the right man for the job at the Anfield giants.
One step forward and two steps back are what many are saying regarding his Premier League campaign, with Rodgers struggling to find consistency in the Premier League. Sucumbing to home defeats to Aston Villa and West Brom this season has frustrated the Anfield faithful. However a 3-2 win over Tottenham Hotspur was a welcomed sight, and Rodgers has got a huge monkey off his back; it was his first win over a top-7 side this season.
A mixed Europa League campaign ended in disappointment, a 3-1 win was not enough at Anfield as Zenit St.Petersburg progressed on away goals. Rodger’s side exiting Europe's Second-tier competition at the last-32 stage. Doubled with an embarrassing 3-2 defeat to Oldham in the FA Cup, Rodgers has seen some Liverpool fans calling for his head.
Rodgers summer coup’s included Italian striker Fabio Borini, his Liverpool career to date has been ravaged with injuries. The Co.Antrim man also re-acquainted himself with Joe Allen from Swansea, the £15 million midfielder’s career hasn’t took of to date, with Brazilian Lucas keeping Allen out of the team recently.
His January signings however has proved more successful with £12 million man Daniel Sturridge looking impressive up front with Liverpool's maestro Luis Suarez, who Rodgers seems to have got the best out of him, with 23 Premier League goals this season. Phillipe Coutinho also looked an inspired signing by Rodgers, brought in from Inter Milan the 20 year old Brazilian has impressed the Kop with his silky skills and attacking play.
Liverpool are currently in 6th in the table, their highest position all year, a welcomed sight for Rodgers. And with 3 wins on the trot after their win against Spurs, 3 games they have banged an impressive 12 goals in.
Rodgers, with his two impressive January signings, evergreen Steven Gerrard and in-form Luiz Suarez will go into the weekend's clash away Southampton with great confidence.
And a win will keep their chances of a European spot, whether its Europa League or Champions League, alive.
It would be deemed an impressive season if Rodgers we’re to do so, but very little managers are exempted from the managerial merry-go-round that is the Premier League.
I say give him time and patience and his tenure at Liverpool will be successful, With his attractive style of football is coupled with consistent form, he should have enough to win over some more of the Liverpool fan, before the season is out.