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Have Liverpool improved under Brendan Rodgers?

Rodgers joined the Reds in the summer of 2012 (©Getty Images)
Rodgers joined the Reds in the summer of 2012 (©Getty Images).

The appointment of Brendan Rodgers was meant to be the start of a new era at Liverpool

One that promised exciting, passing football which would slowly take Liverpool back to the elite level where the club proudly belonged. However, still in February, the Anfield outfit find themselves 29 points adrift of leaders Man United in the league, out of the FA and League Cup and no longer in Europe. Does this point to signs of improvement?

Many will say no, as the pure fact of the matter is that Liverpool will not win a trophy this season, compared to their League Cup triumph at Wembley last season along with an FA Cup final appearance too. 

For Liverpool, it's all about the silverware, a club with great heritage and history who have prided themselves on their habit of winning the big prizes. But since 2006, they have only won one trophy - the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish last year - before he eventually got sacked.

Since the arrival of the former Swansea manager, he has tried to implement his passing and intricate style of play into the team that was such a success for Swansea in their debut Premier League season last year. He even brought in one of his key players Joe Allen who epitomised the passing play for the Welsh club. 

Other arrivals included Fabio Borini, once of Chelsea and Oussama Assaidi signed from Heerenveen. So far, the impact of these players has been very limited, with Allen the only player who has seen regular game time. The money spent on these three players was also considerably less than the money paid for Carroll, Henderson and Downing last season by Dalglish, which has proved to be money not well spent as of yet.

With no Champions League football since 2009, this was the target for Brendan Rodgers - to bring the great Merseyside club back to where it belongs. However, it is the performances in the league which have been questioned - currently his side lie seventh in the table, nine points off that elusive fourth spot and behind their local rivals Everton. 

Considering last season's final position, when Liverpool were 17 points adrift from fourth and also finished behind Everton in eighth place, improvement was expected. But Liverpool have been languishing in mid-table for the majority of the season, and have barely challenged those competing for a Champions League position.

On the flip side however, Liverpool have won ten games this season which is four less than last season's total. They would be expected to better that tally this time around, especially with more than ten games left. The recent acquisitions of Daniel Sturridge and Phillipe Coutinho could also inject some new impetus into the squad. 

For Liverpool, it has always been a lack of having that out and out goalscorer since the departure of Torres, but Suarez has been a revelation this season and now with support from Sturridge, Liverpool could start climbing that table. Rodgers' philosophy is also starting to become more and more evident with each game, however it is about finding that consistency which has been missing all season. 

The fact that Liverpool have still not won three league games in a row this season illustrates the lack of consistency, which will be a hinderance when competing with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham for Champions League football.

Currently, for Liverpool fans the truth is that they will not win anything this season and hoping for the Europa League is the best they can ask for. However, they do have a young manager who is building a young team that is full of potential. 

Sometimes it's about taking a hit now to see the profits in the future and in the likes of Suarez, Sturridge, Sterling and Coutinho, there is a lot to be excited about. 

If Rodgers can shore up what has been a leaky defence and bring a few more quality players in, then there is no reason why Liverpool can't be competing at the top again, and remind us all what a powerhouse in world football they can be.

 

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