During the 2009/10 season and up until the end of the first half of the 2010/11 season, Liverpool looked an average mid-table side scraping for a Europa League place. But with the new generation of players coming and a totally new style of play, their hopes of a top four finish now seem much more achievable.
In January 2011, they lost start striker Fernando Torres for £50m, who left for Chelsea. This allowed them to spend that money wisely and make some signings that would help them improve and develop more. In the last few days of the same window they brought in Andy Carroll from Newcastle United and Luis Suarez from Ajax. Luis Suarez has been a star for them ever since and has had a great impact on the squad. They now look a side who can yet again challenge for a top four place.
In the last couple of years, they have included younger players in the squad as they attempt to create a side for the future which the club hopes can even challenge for the title. They have since brought in the likes of Jordan Henderson, Stewart Downing, Jose Enrique, Daniel Sturridge, and Joe Allen, along with youngsters such as Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey, and Martin Kelly.
Luis Suarez has scored many goals for this team since he arrived, and has been a real catalyst for them, probably the reason why they are doing so well this season. He has managed 29 goals in total so far and is the current Premier League leading goalscorer.
The players they brought in have had an impact on the way Liverpool go about their business on the pitch, and players have had to adapt to this new style. But it is now looking to be a very promising future for the team from Merseyside.
Last summer, Liverpool also had a change of manager, with Brendan Rodgers taking over the reigns at Anfield. He has brought a new and more creative style to this team which he had during his time at Swansea City. He likes to keep the ball on the ground, keep it moving and get some great movement going from his players.
This has enabled them to progress further and pick off teams in a different way. Instead of trying to play a long ball and hope for the best from their strikers, they are now able to pass their way through a move up the pitch to create chances for their strikers. Although the season didn’t start off to well for Rodgers at Liverpool, things are now starting to come together for him and are now a major threat to the clubs above them in the table.
Another impact on them have been the “veterans” of the squad. The likes of Steven Gerrard, Pepe Reina, and Daniel Agger have all helped to change the way this side plays. Steve Gerrard, as always, has been an inspirational captain and has been providing the vital goals and assists. He has also helped with the development of these youngsters as they get to grips with being at a big club.
Reina and Agger have been solid in the defense for them and have stopped many a striker from scoring. This has helped the new players in the team as they learn more and more about being quality footballers in the side, from players who have been in the squad for a good few years.
When mixing youth and experience together, it is sometimes a risk, but a risk that many managers take as they attempt to gel teams together. This is a common occurrence in many teams, and it is definitely happening at Liverpool right now.
They are a team in transition, and next season will be expected to challenge for the top four and maybe even above. Liverpool fans should be very excited about the times ahead for this side, and if they carry on playing in this new style of theirs, they will be finishing in the top four sooner rather than later.
The two key players for them will be Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, both of whom are in a rich vain of form right now, and if they continue it, they will be even more dangerous. But the fans will need to have patience with this on going project as things won’t come good for them with the wave of a magic wand.
This is a development process, but I can only see them moving forwards with this and many fans will have high hopes for them in the very near future. People could soon be saying that “Liverpool are back.”
Written by OneFutbol