Liverpool remain one of the biggest clubs in English football.

Five times champions of Europe, 18 league titles, and seven FA Cups. Liverpool are the second most successful team in England, behind Manchester United. 

With all this grand history, Liverpool finished 8th last season and haven't been in the Champions League since 2009. Simply put, this isn't good enough. 

Club legend Kenny Dalglish won the Carling Cup in his most recent spell at the helm, and guided Liverpool to the FA Cup final. But the glory days of Ian Rush and Dalglish haven't been tasted by the Anfield faithful for too long. 

That's not to say that the glorious night in Istanbul in May 2005 and the sunny day in Cardiff in 2006 weren't brilliant. Brendan Rodgers was brought to Liverpool for one reason. To reinstate Liverpool's place as a top team in English and European football. 

At Swansea, Rodgers was a revelation. Playing a brand of football few teams in the Championship dare to attempt, before establishing Swansea as a Premier League team in their debut season, Rodgers impressed during his time in Wales.

Such achievements do not go unnoticed for long, and Rodgers was given the chance to succeed at one of Europe's biggest clubs - Liverpool.

Since arriving on Merseyside, Rodgers has created a long-term project and has made numerous signings for the future. Suso, Joe Allen, and most recently Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have all joined the Rodgers revolution, as Liverpool aim to return to their former glories.

Rodgers has attempted to blend experience with youth and flair with tenacity. On occasions this season, there have been signs that the 'project' is beginning to bare fruit.

Liverpool were desperately unlucky to be beaten by Manchester United at Anfield this season, and were also unfortunate in being pegged back twice against Manchester City at home. 

Since then though, Liverpool have earned hard-fought draws at Stamford Bridge, the Emirates and most recently, and perhaps most impressively, the Etihad Stadium - home to the reigning champions Manchester City. These are very satisfying results for an aspiring team. 

Luis Suarez appears to have put his controversies behind him and come of age this season, scoring 17 goals in 24 Premier League appearances. Steven Gerrard remains an example for any young midfielder, and demonstrated this by scoring a trademark pile-driver to give Liverpool a 2-1 advantage at City last weekend. When Suarez and Gerrard play well, Liverpool tend to follow suit. 

Sturridge, acquired in the January transfer window, has hit the ground running and is breathing new life into the Anfield outlet, whilst Raheem Sterling has shown flashes of pure genius.

There are solid foundations in defence too, with Martin Skrtel, Daniel Agger and Glen Johnson all performing to a high standard.

Rodgers has installed a passing brand of football into Liverpool, which has resulted in them dominating Arsenal away from home for long periods of the game, and displaying perhaps their best performance of the season at the Etihad. 

Liverpool currently lie 7th in the Premier League, six points behind Arsenal with 13 games remaining. It is not entirely unrealistic for Liverpool to mount a top four challenge this season, given that away games against Arsenal, Everton, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs are out the way. 

Rodgers needs to continue developing this young Liverpool team and build on the promising signs that are starting to show. If the former Chelsea youth coach can continue to improve the team at the current rate, then hopefully Liverpool will be competing for the major trophies again soon.

I for one miss the epic European nights at Anfield. Here's hoping it's not too long before they return.

 

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