With encouraging performances during the first two games of this season, it is clear to see improvement in the Liverpool side since Brendan Rodgers took over a year ago.
Liverpool could well be dark horses to secure a Champions League qualifying spot at the end of the season. Rodgers is looking to lead the Reds back to the Champions League for the first time since 2010.
Rodgers' side, who had a disappointing 2012/13 season finishing seventh in the Barclays Premier League, should not be overlooked in the race for finishing in the top four. Rodgers may still be looking for new players but he already feels his team have come a long way.
The Liverpool manager has expressed his belief in his side and praised their team spirit, stating: "In order to be a winner you have to have the belief. That was something last year we were maybe not able to find consistently.
"But we have picked up a lot. The group has grown over time. It might only have been a small thing last week, but to get that win shows the development mentally. I can only speak highly of the players. They are the ones doing the work, they are the ones being driven and asked’.
"Whatever transfer talk or speculation there has been this week, the bottom line is there are some outstanding players here - top, top players. They will hopefully keep finding the ways to win games and hopefully we will add to the squad alongside them."
Liverpool players and their manager seem to have a new found confidence that many of the squad lacked last season. Daniel Sturridge in particular is looking a dangerous player for the Reds, scoring four goals in three games.
The Reds will be looking to build on their triumphs over Stoke and Aston Villa in their next fixture at home against Manchester United. With the club's new found confidence it will be interesting to see, with the Kop faithful behind them, if Liverpool can clinch a victory against the current title holders.
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