Date: 14th November 2013 at 11:04am
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The league table makes for happy reading for Liverpool fans across the globe. Eleven games in is a decent indicator of how your team’s season might pan out and its case of so far so good for Brendan Rodger’s troops. We all know it’s not as straight cut as that and although there is a healthy degree of optimism about the team the majority of the fanbase expect a curve ball or two before the season draws to a close. Finishing the season in the “Top Four” is still the objective if we continue to play like we did against Fulham last Saturday we might secure that return to Champions League football.

It was a perfect response to the Arsenal defeat. In fact, it was the polar opposite in terms of performance. The Arsenal performance was lifeless and dull whereas Fulham felt the full wrath of Liverpool’s red blooded existence with a score line that could have been considerably worse for Martin Jol’s struggling side. Liverpool were full of ideas going forward and their energy ultimately proved too much for Fulham. The writing was on the wall after 30 mins for the South West London side and Jol will not be happy with how his team accepted defeat without as much as swinging a punch.

Personal performances aside, what was most pleasing was the way Liverpool demanded the ball back and off each other, defensively and in attack. They defended and attacked in packs and the pack were ball hungry, something which overpowered Fulham’s limp attempts at keeping the ball for more than thirty seconds.
Steven Gerrard silenced some critics with an all action display. He was central to everything and his precision passing set up a plethora of Liverpool attacks. Jordan Henderson’s enthusiasm for football knows no bounds and he is beginning to warrant the tag of “most improved” player at the club. His slide rule pass for Suarez’ first goal showed that he has a game changer in his locker too. Something that has been lacking on a few occasions for the tenacious midfielder. Glen Johnson and Philipe Coutinho showed what we have been missing in recent weeks and their return from absence couldn’t have come at a better time considering next week’s derby fixture.

Luis Suarez can’t stop scoring at the minute and the Liverpool faithful have the prayer books out so that he returns from International duty unscathed and primed for action. The way he took his two goals on Saturday was symbolic of a player who is in red hot form. Keeping him during the January transfer circus is an absolute must. No fee should be entertained, no matter how ludicrous, then worry about his intentions next summer when the time comes.

Anfield recognised an honest performance and they responded to the team not resting on the laurels of their first half display. Too often we have taken the foot of the gas in the second half and although economical in terms of fitness it’s not what a sell-out Anfield crowd expect. That didn’t happen against Fulham and the fans found their voice in retort. This expectation should be embraced by the manager and players and help put the fear back into the prospect of playing at Liverpool’s iconic stadium.

Who knows where this season will take us, “one game at a time of course”, post-match interviews will remind us of that, but Liverpool fans are dangerously close looking at the next four fixtures and dreaming of 12 points. Everton – Away, Hull – Away, Norwich – Home, West Ham – Home.


15 responses to “11 games in, where to now for Liverpool?”

  1. It is nice to see that Liverpool is at the top end of the table. 🙂

  2. Aaron says:

    Lets look at the next ten games. If you take ten games at a time, it makes more sense for players to focus. We have the FA Cup ties coming soon. Lets hope we can at least add a cup this season and qualify for the Champions League.

  3. kanuj Sharma says:

    Nice analysis. . Bt i think we should nt lourel too much abt the performance against fullam whoz sitting in the bottom half of the table.
    I am nt taking the credit from the players the way they played and come out with a sparkling display of football in tems of attack defence and Midfeild.
    Bt for me Arsenal game was an reality check for us. .we were noware in the game Specially in terms of Midfeild play,which clearly reflect the No of goalscoreing chances our strike force of SAS created as compared to the chances they created against the lower rancked teams in EPL. .

    • Kevin says:

      Yes I agree games against The struggling sides aren’t a great indicator but after eleven games we re still second and on course to keep in the champions league places! Hopefully the owners will help strenghen our position come January

  4. kanuj Sharma says:

    I think we need to buy genuine Midfeilder and a Winger in upcoming transfer window.I am big admirer of Newcarstle Ben arfa. And if we can get him in Jan along with a CM may be Phil Huges or yohan Cabay (which i think nt going to happen). then we have a realy competetive squad that can challange for the Top 4 or even for title depending upon where we stand after next 8 games.

  5. kanuj Sharma says:

    our next 7 game wil be crutial. . We need to win atmost all the games against d lower division teams including mercyside rivals Everton. And The deceding games will be against Tot,Mancity,chelsea. atleast 2 win and 1 draw or vice versa will be an outstanding result for us before goin into the Xmass break. .
    Hope we can get the desired results and take a step forword in persuit to champions league or a League title. .

    • Ambar says:

      Out of our next 8 games if we win all 4 games against the weaker teams and get 4 points against the big 4 (Everton,Tottenham,Chelsea & Man City – so 1 win & 1 draw)then we will land up with 23+16=39 points end Dec. With all the big teams except Manu to play us in Anfield in the return leg we stand a very good chance of qualifying for Champions League. Arsenal had 74 points last season and qualified !

  6. Deano says:

    We need a Midfield General ASAP with Strenght Power Pace Creativity !!! And where NEVER GOING TO GET EUROPA LEAGUE let alone CHAMPIONS LEAGUE with Allen Borini Sterling Assaidi Flanagan Robinson Aspas & Alberto at are club ( All need to be SOLD ASAP ) We must be in Champion League from 2015 when the BBC take over the rights,because it guarantee’s an extra £30 Million Pound a Season.Thats a World Class PLAYER EVERY SEASON,and we can’t achieve that with these players.Rodgers you must ADDRESS THE MIDFIELD ASAP !!!

    • Kevin says:

      Totally agree a good midfielder and another attacking threat would be ideal. Central defence is sorted and the full back positions are ok until the summer window in my opinion

  7. kanuj Sharma says:

    I want to write the articles on this page.Adminstrator or Moderator of the page if your read this comment.please let me know if i can get the oppertunity for this. . Please mail me on my Mail ID
    LIVERPOOL FAN kanuj Sharma YWNWA. .

  8. Gthor says:

    I think that our team has become a real threat to any team in the league. Experimenting with the setup of the team is to be expected when we are doing the business step by step. So for me, the Arsenal game is only a one victory delay, and was lost on the 3 5 2 setup BR decided to try from the start of the game. Sorry to say we are not ready to meet the top teams using this formation yet. However I belive we can beat them all using 4 4 2 or 4 3 2 1.

    • Kevin says:

      Yeah ESP at home. We should be looking to beat every team at home no matter who the opposition is. Man city or Hull city.

  9. Ambar says:

    I feel LFC needs a dynamic midfielder like Mikhitaryan, someone who can play a box to box game and also go up and score goals when required. Against the big teams like Manu, Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham & Arsenal we wont be able to play Suarez, Sturridge & Coutinho together, this combination makes the half line weaker. One big attacking centre half and get LFC the Champions League spot for sure. YNWA

  10. olabisi says:

    rodgers should be careful on the next game,if lfc can win everton i’m so sure that lfc will overcome all small clubs this season,all kops support u brendan

  11. olabisi says:

    rodgers should be careful on the next game,if lfc can win everton i’m so sure that lfc will overcome all small clubs this season,all kops support u