Liverpool on the road to greatness!

 

Great men make great decisions…. When FSG decided it was time for Anfield legend – Kenny Dalglish to go, many agreed it was the way forward but appointing Brendan Rodgers as his successor with his remarkable achievement at Swansea meant Liverpool may have accepted their position as the Kings of yesterday.

Life at Anfield did not kick off as anticipated for the Northern Irish man and it required club owner John W. Henry writing an open letter to fans >> http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/latest-news/john-henry-s-open-letter-to-fans in September 2012 lending his support to Rodgers.

Liverpool finished seventh last season and were over twenty points behind champions – Manchester United. A fair assessment of his first season will earn him a C grade. Liverpool’s goal record at Anfield improved but weakness at the back was still obvious. Over the season, the inconsistency that has pegged Liverpool in recent years reared its ugly head when momentum seemed to be built. The Reds supporters would have found it extremely difficult to accept that their team could not compete financially with the Manchester teams and Chelsea. rodgers, henry

With a bright young manager, the club was able to reduce its wages which was almost tearing the club apart by £25 million per year. All the overspending of Hicks-Gillette regime combined with Damien Comolli’s error had to be put in check. They crashed out of both league and FA cups in the fourth round and were knocked out of UEFA Europa league in the round of 32. Perhaps one of the significant improvement was their league position – one place higher than the previous season and they finished nine points better. Jamie Carragher hung his boot at the end of the season, Luis Suarez made the headlines for the wrong reason for a second season running  – we all remember his biting incident. In spite of this, his goal return of 30 goals in all competition was healthy, Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho arrival in January 2013 bolstered the squad.

 

With stability in sight, the team was expected to challenge for a top-4 place in 2013/14 season as part of FSG rebuilding plan to take Liverpool back to where it belongs. Liverpool have without a doubt had an impressive season if judging by their Premier League campaign alone. The manager has shown his tactical flexibility by switching to various formation according to the opposition. There have been standout performers during the 2013/14 season – Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge and Steven Gerrard earning plaudits on a weekly basis.

While Suarez has carted both PFA and Professional writers’ awards, there are others who have also been vital in the Reds’ rise to a strong challenge for the Premier League title. Jordan Henderson has won over both fans and pundits alike after two seasons of disappointment, while Raheem Sterling has shown that he has the ability to be a key player for club and country for years to come. As the aforementioned individuals have received compliment after compliment and vast media praise to an extent that all five are expected to feature for their countries at this summer’s FIFA World Cup, there are those that have quietly gone about their business away from the headlines.

Martin Skrtel has marshalled a back four that has changed on what seems to be a game-by-game basis while adding goals to his name as the highest scoring defender; Simon Mignolet  has had a debut season to remember in the Liverpool goal. Same cannot be said of other members of the defence. Liverpool will look back to some horrendous display at the back during the course of this season as the reason why the title which has eluded the Merseyside club for 23 years has continued.

Brendan Rodgers blueprint of playing attacking football requires a few tweaks and improvement in the defence but there can be no argument on him being the way forward to the Reds. With a new deal for the manager almost agreed and return of the champions league tune to Anfield next season, their fans can expect even more great nights of European football.

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Surely, the Reds are on the right path to greatness!

 

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