With the Premier League season having now passed the half way mark now is as good a time as any to pass assessment on the performance of the Reds to date. It’s at this juncture that fans of all teams can quite justifiably cast judgement on their respective sides credentials. With phrases such as “we’ll see where we are at Christmas” and “its far too early in the season to get carried away” now behind us, those on the Kop can quite rightly look ahead full of optimism.
Having found themselves as the early pace setters the Reds have pleasingly managed to match strides with those at the summit of the Premier League. Indeed Rodgers’ men have rarely found themselves outside of the coveted top 4 places throughout the campaign. Going top at Christmas was a good indicator of how far Liverpool have come under the guidance of the shrewd Northern Irishman and whilst it might have been disappointing to lose both of those crucial away games over the festive period, Liverpool fans can take much heart from producing the toughest test either of big sending Chelsea and Manchester City will have at home in the league this season (and that’s not to mention the shambolic refereeing displays in both games).
With some very winnable games to come and all our rivals yet to make the once again daunting trip to Anfield, anything is possible for this Reds’ side. Here is one Kopite’s assessment of how the Reds have fared thus far in this “half term report”:
Performance of the Season
Look no further than the 5 nil demolition job at White Hart Lane. Not many expected Liverpool to have enough to grab a point in this fixture, nevermind win the game, yet win in style they did. The performance of every player in a Red shirt was top class and even without the influence of skipper Steven Gerrard and the injured Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool were still able to dismiss a talented Spurs side with relative ease. It was a performance built on Rodger’s philosophy of “death by football” and will rightly go down as the best display the Reds have produced under him. The goal by young Jon Flanagan and Suarez’s face as the whole team celebrated in front of the travelling Kopites will live long in the memory. What hasn’t got as much attention is the fifth goal Liverpool scored in that game when every player in the build up (including Mignolet) touched the ball prior to Sterling stroking it home.
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