Lawrenson: Reds are flying high

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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes the club are taking advantage of a newly-found self-belief at Anfield.

The Reds produced an imperious display to beat Bolton Wanderers 3-1 at the weekend, a scoreline which flattered the Trotters more than the victorious hosts on Merseyside.

Lawrenson is in no doubt that Kenny Dalglish is the man to thank for the resurgence in Liverpool fortunes, with the club appearing to be back towards their best and ready to challenge this term.

"Watching Liverpool this season, it’s clear to see the team – and the club – has got its mojo back," Lawrenson told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"People had started to become disaffected under the old ownership regime, particularly during the end of Rafael Benitez’s reign and that of Roy Hodgson.

"Kenny Dalglish changed things around against Exeter City last week, he left Andy Carroll out against Bolton, and it’s clear everyone is striving to be involved. The shape of the team and the balance are both good, and they are creating chances."

It's that competition for places which Lawrenson believes is helping to bring the best out of players at Liverpool, both new and old.


Whilst Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson both grabbed debut goals in the weekend win, it's impressive displays from the likes of Lucas Leiva and Luis Suarez which is really putting the Reds on the right path this term.

"There are quite a few in the team now that are playing to stay in there from week to week. And that’s what every successful team needs, a real competition for places," he continued.

"It was important for Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to get their first goals, especially at home. All new players are under some pressure, and that will be relieved somewhat.

"But it was one of the now old guard that impressed on Saturday. Lucas Leiva has made huge steps during the last two years, and clearly feels part of the furniture. I really feel he has stepped up to the plate since Javier Mashcerano left. He has now become the player Benitez always claimed he could be."

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