With this blog I have kept it relatively general about football and not showing any bias towards my favourite club Liverpool FC. Today though, I thought I would take time and write a blog about Liverpool and the season so far.
The summer of 2014 had seen much change for Liverpool and the first transfer was the arrival of Rickie Lambert from Southampton, the first of three signings from the South coast club. Adam Lallana joined a month later followed by Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen. The third transfer from Southampton would not come till the end of the month. Overshadowing that period was yet another Luis Suarez incident. This time on international duty in the World Cup, he decided to bite Chellini of Italy. What followed were hands in faces, eyes rolling and the words here we go again.
Barcelona who had their transfer ban suspended managed to acquire the services of the Uruguayan despite his ban from any football related activity. With around £75 million to spend, Rodgers set about improving the squad whilst letting those surplus to requirements go elsewhere. Making their way to Anfield were several youngsters including Moreno, Origi and the surprise transfer of Mario Ballotelli. Origi went back to Lille on loan as part of the agreement whilst the signing of Ballotelli caused much surprise as Rodgers had previously ruled out any deal involving the controversial Italian.
Liverpool’s season opened with a win at home to Southampton, but defeat away to Man City saw the start of a mixed run. A storming 3-0 win away to Tottenham was then derailed by a three game winless run which also didn’t help with the injury to striker Daniel Sturridge. The club then bounced back with a four game only to see another three game winless stretch. Then came what turned out to be the season turner for Liverpool. Mignolet was dropped, Liverpool couldnt find the back of the net in a game which Man United won 3-0. Rodgers looked like he was in trouble and on the verge of being sacked. He made changes including a formation change to 3-4-3. A brave decision and one seemingly risky for a manager whose job was under threat, but it seemed to work even with Daniel Sturridge still missing from the team.
When Liverpool had lost to Manchester United, they were 11th in the table, seven points behind 4th place West Ham and 17 behind second place Manchester City and ten points behind Man Utd. As Liverpool host Manchester United at Anfield tomorrow, things are much different. Liverpool are fifth, the inform team of the moment,unbeaten in the league since Old Trafford, six games unbeaten, six clean sheets, two points behind Man United and four behind Manchester City. If someone had said back in December that Liverpool would be still in with a chance of a Champions League spot, you might have been given a strange look.
It seems yet again another season for Liverpool under the Rodgers stewardship that the second half of the season the Liverpool manager has seen the club perform better in the second half of the season and with Manchester City struggling, is it really out of the question that the club could finish in the top two yet again? Who knows, but the team arent going to give up without a fight.