Getting one over on arch rivals Manchester United at Anfield would be sweet revenge for the painful 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford, but the upcoming game could mean so much more to Liverpool than mere bragging rights.
The Reds have put themselves in a wonderful position to challenge for a consecutive top four finish, but with just nine Premier League fixtures remaining, securing three points has become much more important than performing well.
With Chelsea and Manchester City looking relatively secure to finish in the top four, Liverpool find themselves in the midst of a five-horse race for the two remaining Champions League spots, and while the Reds may arguably be the most in-form side, facing the team directly above them will be their biggest challenge yet. Continue reading
The winter transfer window ended a few weeks ago and Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers did not make any big changes or signings in January but even though nothing really happened in the squad, Brendan Rodgers remains happy and confident about how his team has been developing which is why the manager decided not to have an active transfer window.
“With the group of players we have and obviously the market dictates it as well. I am happy with how the team and the squad is developing and between now and the end of the season we’ll look to continue with that improvement. We would want to keep all the players here.”
Mario Balotelli was one of the few players in the team of Brendan Rodgers who was being linked with a move outside of Liverpool after having endured a disastrous campaign with Liverpool as the Italian forward has only managed to score 1 Premier League goal in 13 appearances. Continue reading
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has dismissed any concerns that the squad does not have faith in Brendan Rodgers because he feels that the former Swansea man is the right person to lead the club.
Rodgers has come under heavy firing for the poor first-half to the season. Liverpool find themselves in the eighth place after 19 games, which is a far cry from the top three places that they occupied at this stage last season. Despite this poor start, the possibility of finishing with a Champions League spot at the end of the campaign still remains for the club.
Liverpool are only eight points behind Manchester United in the third placed and Henderson reckons that if the club puts together a run of matches like they did last season, they can get into the top for once again. Liverpool went on a 16 match unbeaten run at the start of 2014 to go within a point of winning the Premier League title. After having dropped only two points in the last three matches, Henderson feels that Liverpool are on the cusp of rediscovering their form. Further, they are also set to welcome Daniel Sturridge back to the team in the coming few weeks. The England international has missed much of the first half due to persistent injury troubles.
“The manager has been fantastic ever since he came to the club.He’s working really hard for us on the training field to ensure that tactically we are better and improving all the time.It’s up to us as players to ensure we put that into practice on the pitch and we definitely did that against Swansea. We got our just rewards for that. It’s been hard on everyone. We’ve gone from winning every week to not winning as often,” said Henderson.
Liverpool went from being only 3 points away from winning the Premier League in the past edition of the English League to sitting in the middle section of the standings and might not be able to progress past the group stages of the Champions League, it’s been a huge twist for Brendan Rodgers and his squad of players that have been struggling so much in this season.
Brendan Rodgers and Mario Balotelli are turning into some of the main targets of criticism for the abysmal season that Liverpool is going through. Rodgers is being questioned for his decision to drop almost his entire main team and just utilize substitute players in Liverpool’s Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Rodgers decided to do this because his squad had to face Chelsea in the Premier League only 4 days later but it hasn’t worked out in any positive way for Liverpool as they lost both matches.
Despite having lost both matches in the Premier League and in the Champions League, Brendan Rodgers stated that he wouldn’t have done anything different.
“It is a difficult moment for us. The changes raised a lot of criticism in the week.I can take that. I made the call.The players have been brilliant in their approach to the games but we the pressure is now on because we didn’t get the results’’
“I wouldn’t have done anything different at all; we just didn’t get the results.This week will be an experience for us and we can use that and go forward.” Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers said after having lost against Chelsea and Real Madrid.
The reality is that time is ticking down for Brendan Rodgers and if things continue going as they have been in this season, Liverpool will not be able to win any major pieces of silverware in this campaign which is a huge disappointment for a team that went through such a stellar string of performances in the previous season.
It’s not only Mario Balotelli that can be blamed for the abysmal campaign of Liverpool. There are a number of other reasons and factors that have been seriously affecting Liverpool and unless those things are solved, this will be a season to forget for the club at Anfield.
Returning to the place where Liverpool’s dreams of winning their first league title since 1990 were effectively shattered provides an opportunity for Brendan Rodgers’ side to right the wrongs of last season. Throwing away a three goal lead opened the door for Manchester City to steal in and lift the Premier League trophy, but much has changed since that harrowing night at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool have struggled to reproduce the magic and quality during the current campaign, with consecutive league defeats against Newcastle and Chelsea placing more pressure on Rodgers to turn the club’s fortunes around. Collecting three points after the international break could banish the demons of last season’s shortcomings in the same stadium, but, more importantly, provide a much-needed morale boost that could see Liverpool’s form improve. Continue reading